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

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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  - Jens Lindblad - Goodreads

Michael Mann comes across as someone who's been forced (by his colleagues perhaps?) into taking on the job of trying to convince the casual reader of the IPCC's position on global warming, by writing ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Steven Peterson - Goodreads

This is an important book to read. Not so much for Mann's explaining his position on climate change--but for the horrific politicization of science. one of the most distressing elements of the ... Read full review

Contents

1 Born in a War
1
2 Climate Science Comes of Age
11
3 Signals in the Noise
26
4 The Making of the Hockey Stick
38
5 The Origins of Denial
59
6 A Candle in the Dark
78
7 In the Line of Fire
98
8 Hockey Stick Goes to Washington
108
13 The Battle of the Bulge
192
The Real Story
207
15 Fighting Back
233
Epilogue
249
Postscript
259
Glossary
275
Notes
281
Selected Bibliography
401

9 When You Get Your Picture on the Cover of
126
10 Say It Aint So Smokey Joe
146
11 A Tale of Two Reports
160
12 Heads of the Hydra
176
Acknowledgments
403
Index
407
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