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

Author(s): Michael E. Mann

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The ongoing assault on climate science in the United States has never been more aggressive, more blatant, or more widely publicized than in the case of the Hockey Stick graph -- a clear and compelling visual presentation of scientific data, put together by MichaelE. Mann and his colleagues, demonstrating that global temperatures have risen in conjunction with the increase in industrialization and the use of fossil fuels. Here was an easy-to-understand graph that, in a glance, posed a threat to major corporate energy interests and those who do their political bidding. The stakes were simply too high to ignore the Hockey Stick -- and so began a relentless attack on a body of science and on the investigators whose work formed its scientific basis. The Hockey Stick achieved prominence in a 2001 UN report on climate change and quickly became a central icon in the "climate wars." The real issue has never been the graph's data but rather its implied threat to those who oppose governmental regulation and other restraints to protect the environment and planet.
Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the Hockey Stick first appeared, shares the story of the science and politics behind this controversy. He reveals key figures in the oil and energy industries and the media frontgroups who do their bidding in sometimes slick, sometimes bare-knuckled ways. Mann concludes with the real story of the 2009 "Climategate" scandal, in which climate scientists' emails were hacked. This is essential reading for all who care about our planet's health and our own well-being.


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If you don't believe our climate is changing, read this book. Dr. Mann will change your mind. For us, it's a war of words. Preserve the Earth, and pass the ammunition. -- Bill Nye the Science Guy (c)

Very few people have sounded more important alarms about our climate future, and very few people have paid a higher price for doing so. Michael Mann is a hero, and this book is a remarkable account of the science and politics of the defining issue of our time. -- Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet A brilliant and courageous climatologist, Michael E. Mann knows what it's like to be viciously attacked by the well-funded deniers of scientific evidence and how critical it is to respond. In this gripping, personal, front-lines account of climate politics, he eloquently conveys the importance of both doing great science and communicating its societal implications to a wider public. -- Paul R. Ehrlich, coauthor of The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment Michael E. Mann has been the most important, resilient, and outspoken warrior in the climate battle, responding to threats and persecution with courage and resolve every step of the way. Anyone who cares about the climate issue must read his fascinating -- and enraging -- story. -- Chris Mooney, author of Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future Michael E. Mann presents his conviction that climate change is real and potentially deadly. A truly readable book on a topic that will remain evergreen. -- James Lovelock, author of The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity A must read to appreciate the endless disinformation campaign by climate change deniers at the highest levels of government and corporate America and the chilling yet serious implications of the crusade to discredit distinguished scientists like Michael E. Mann. -- Sherwood Boehlert, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives 1983-- 2007 and former chairman of the House Science Committee As one of the nation's leading climate researchers, no one has felt the brunt of the attacks from politicians and the fossil fuel industry more than Michael E. Mann. This is his personal account from the center of the maelstrom, documenting the lies and distortions about his work and his heroic efforts to stand up for scientific truth. -- Henry Waxman, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee In this meticulous and engaging brief on climate change research and the political backlash to legitimate scientific work, Penn State professor Mann narrates the fight against misinformation from the inside. Publishers Weekly 1/20/2012 An important and disturbing account of the fossil-fuel industry's well-funded public-relations campaign to sow doubt about the validity of the science of climate change...This blistering indictment of corporate-funded chicanery demands a wide audience. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 2/1/2012 And if you read just one book on climate change, make it Michael E. Mann's riveting expose of disinformation and denial... Irish Times 12/31/2011 The best part, in my science-geeky opinion, is readers of this book will enjoy a dazzling, informative tour of the science underlying climatology and especially the analysis that went into the diagram that caused all the ruckus. -- DarkSyde Daily Kos 2/19/2012 A harrowing ride through the politics of truth and denial. -- Shawn Lawrence Otto Huffington Post 2/27/2012 ...this is a book you should read, because it clearly shows the contrast between how science works and how politics works. The difference is dramatic. And fateful. -- Ben Bova Naples Daily News 4/29/2012 ...vitally important to all citizens of a warming planet Earth. -- James P. Lenfestey Star Tribune 4/15/2012 a must read for every serious student of climate change science, and gets my highest rating: five stars out of five. -- Jeff Masters Jeff Masters WunderGround Blog 5/16/2012 I heartily recommend this book for an unusually clear view of the action on the front line of climate science from one of its principle palaeoclimate protagonists. -- Colin Summerhayes Geoscientist June 2012 Mann deserves our respect and admiration for what he has been through and for his willingness to discuss it. The narrative is a deeply honest scientific coming-of-age story. -- Naomi Oreskes Physics Today 6/1/2012 This book is well written and tells a remarkable story that is likely to be of interest to a wide range of readers. Australian Book Review 7/10/2012 Mann's honest and thorough testimony on the attacks against climate science is a critical step toward resolving the climate change debate. Science 7/20/2012 Mann's account and nontechnical rebuttal of the attacks on climate science provide an excellent primer on contemporary climate science...Highly recommended. Choice 8/1/2012 One of the most useful books yet in explaining climate science, especially the use of paleoclimate proxy data to assess the history of Earth's climate. -- Rudy M. Baum Chemical & Engineering News 12/10/12 Confronting climate change will require clear scientific thinking and courageous actions by many individuals. Dr, Mann's book details the powerful evidence supporting climate change as well as the relentless attempts by climate deniers to distort climate science and attack those who are speaking the truth about it. -- Jerry Brown, governor of California

Michael E. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). He received his B.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and attended Yale University for his M.S. degree in physics and his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics. In 2007, he contributed to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize along with other scientists who participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and in 2012, he was awarded The Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is cofounder of the award-winning science website,

Abbreviations and AcronymsPrologue: What Is the Hockey Stick?1. Born in a War2. Climate Science Comes of Age3. Signals in the Noise4. The Making of the Hockey Stick5. The Origins of Denial6. A Candle in the Dark7. In the Line of Fire8. Hockey Stick Goes to Washington9. When You Get Your Picture on the Cover of...10. Say it Ain't So (Smokey) Joe!11. A Tale of Two Reports12. Heads of the Hydra13. The Battle of the Bulge14. Climategate: The Real Story15. Fighting BackEpilogueGlossaryNotesSelected BibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex

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  • : 9780231152556
  • : Columbia University Press
  • : Columbia University Press
  • : August 2013
  • : 229mm X 152mm
  • : United States
  • : September 2013
  • : books

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  • : Michael E. Mann
  • : Paperback
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  • : English
  • : 363.73874
  • : 384
  • : 20 figures