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“The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines"

Simon Lewis reviews Michael Mann’s recent book in Nature

“The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines"

The 22 March edition of Nature includes a review by UCLGeography's Dr Simon Lewis of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, a US climate scientist's account of harassment from lobby groups opposed to political action on climate change. This followed the publication of a 1998 paper in Nature by Michael Mann which established the long term pattern of northern hemisphere climate change.

 

The key evidence was subsequently dubbed the ‘hockey stick’ graph, because of the sharp rise it showed in twentieth century surface air temperatures following comparatively long-term stability since 1400. There were repeated attempts to discredit Mann and his work, in spite of support and vindication from many scientific organizations, including the US National Academy of Sciences.

 

While praising the book, Simon warns against scientists becoming drawn into adopting conflict-based “war” metaphors, arguing that,  Science communication needs to transcend ideological divides, not reinforce them.”

 

 

See:  http://bit.ly/GKoFv2


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