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Blue Dot 200: THE NEW CLIMATE WAR: A Conversation With Michael Mann

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Dave visits with one of the world's leading climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann. The professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State's just published book, The New Climate War documents how the fossil fuel industry political forces aligned with them have used a systematic program of disinformation and deflection to keep large scale policy changes to confront the climate crisis from happening. 

Mann is the 2019 winner of the Tyler Prize ("the Nobel Prize for the environment") and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a leading scientific voice combating the forces that have shifted from denying climate change is real to trying to keep the public in a nearly permanent state of inaction.

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But that too is changing and The New Climate Wars documents a way forward that presents hope for the future if the winds of political change can be fully harnessed. 

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.