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"Hockey Stick" Author to Speak at Warren Wilson on April 3


Michael E. Mann, author of "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars," will give a presentation on his book April 3 at Warren Wilson College. The event, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Warren Wilson College Chapel.

In its 2001 report, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prominently featured the so-called "hockey stick," a graph showing global temperature data over the past thousand years. The graph demonstrated that temperature had risen with the increase in industrialization and use of fossil fuels, and the hockey stick soon became a central icon in what some have termed the "climate wars." Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the hockey stick first appeared, writes in his book about the science and politics behind the climate-change controversy.

The Hockey Stick became a central icon in the "climate wars," and well-funded science deniers immediately attacked the chart and the scientists responsible for it. Yet the controversy has had little to do with the depicted temperature rise and much more with the perceived threat the graph posed to those who oppose governmental regulation and other restraints to protect our environment and planet. Michael E. Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the Hockey Stick first appeared, shares the real story of the science and politics behind this controversy. He introduces key figures in the oil and energy industries, and the media front groups who do their bidding in sometimes slick, bare-knuckled ways to cast doubt on the science. Mann concludes with an account of the "Climategate" scandal, the 2009 hacking of climate scientists' emails. Throughout, Mann reveals the role of science deniers, abetted by an uninformed media, in once again diverting attention away from one of the central scientific and policy issues of our time.

For more details on the April 3 presentation at Warren Wilson, call 828-771-3006.

(Image provided by Clemson University.)

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