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Michael E. Mann
Michael E. Mann

In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit in November and in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Book & Music Festival, the University of Hawaiʻi is hosting a public conversation with one of the country’s most respected climate scientists, Michael E. Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center.

“Michael Mann is a renowned researcher, and he has also become one of the country’s most effective science communicators,” said Makena Coffman, director of UH Mānoa Institute for Sustainability and Resilience. “While the increasing severity of climate impacts are driving many to despair, Mann never loses hope. He has made it his mission to remind us that it’s not too late to act.”

Coffman, a professor of urban and regional planning and a research fellow at the UH Economic Research Organization, will serve as moderator of the free online forum, The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet, on Friday, October 15 at 12 p.m. (Register online)

In his book, The New Climate War, Mann argues that there is still time to stave off global warming’s most disastrous effects. With better issue framing and well-designed policies, he contends, we can both navigate the climate emergency and work toward a more just and sustainable world.

Mann is a leading figure in climate science. As a researcher, he combines theoretical models and observational data to understand the Earth’s climate system, and he has published more than 200 scholarly publications and five books. He is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and in 2007 shared in the Nobel Peace Prize.

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