The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Google eBook)

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Columbia University Press, Aug 13, 2013 - NATURE - 395 pages
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In its 2001 report on global climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations prominently featured the “Hockey Stick,” a chart showing global temperature data over the past one thousand years. The Hockey Stick demonstrated that temperature had risen with the increase in industrialization and use of fossil fuels. The inescapable conclusion was that worldwide human activity since the industrial age had raised CO2 levels, trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and warming the planet.

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.
  

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

User Review  - Jacob Vick - Goodreads

A must succinct and thorough overview and refutations of the efforts by detractors to discredit the science of climate change. Read full review

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

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

Although he made many good points and adequately refuted _The Hockeystick Illusion_, he tended toward dismissiveness. I understand this tendency of scientists toward crackpots and deniers, but since ... Read full review

Contents

1 Born in a War 1
1
2 Climate Science Comes of Age 11
11
3 Signals in the Noise 26
26
4 The Making of the Hockey Stick 38
38
5 The Origins of Denial 59
59
6 A Candle in the Dark 78
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7 In the Line of Fire 98
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8 Hockey Stick Goes to Washington 108
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12 Heads of the Hydra 176
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13 The Battle of the Bulge 192
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The Real Story 207
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15 Fighting Back 233
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Epilogue 249
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Glossary 259
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Notes 265
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Selected Bibliography 373
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9 When You Get Your Pictureon the Cover of 126
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10 Say It Aint So Smokey Joe 146
146
11 A Tale of Two Reports 160
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Acknowledgments 375
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Index 379
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