Invited Seminar by Michael Mann (Penn State University, USA)
June 18, 2018
Michael Mann reviews the scientific evidence on climate change, the reasons why we should
care, and the often absurd efforts undertaken by special interests and partisan political figures to
confuse the public, attack the science and scientists, and deny that the problem even exists. Despite
the monumental nature of the challenge we face, particularly after the Paris Agreement, Prof. Mann
explains why he’s cautiously optimistic that reason and science will prevail in the greatest battle
that human civilization has possibly ever faced – the battle to avert catastrophic and irreversible
climate change impacts.
- Welcome and intro (Stefano Caserini, DICA, PoliMI)
- Impacts of climate change in Italy (Paola Faggian, RSE)
- Activities of Politecnico di Milano on Climate Change (Marino Gatto, DEIB, PoliMI)
- Talk by Michael Mann (Penn State University) Slides
Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, and director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth’s climate system. Author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications (including four books), Dr. Mann has received a number of honours and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award, the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union, the National Conservation Achievement Award for science of the National Wildlife Federation, the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One, the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education, and in 2018 the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is co-founder of RealClimate
Event organized by Stefano Caserini and Renato Casagrandi with the support of Campus Sostenibile, RSE- Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico, Fondazione Politecnico, CMCC, Radio Popolare, Climate-Lab and the Italian Association of Environmental and Land Planning Engineers. .