Climate change is one of the most important and controversial scientific and political issues of our time. A noted expert in that field will discuss the controversies and challenges of the science of climate change in a lecture at West Virginia University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in G20 Ming Hsieh Hall.

Michael E. Mann is distinguished professor and director of the Earth System Science Center in the Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University. He’s also the author of “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” which provides the title for his presentation.

“A central figure in the controversy over human-caused climate change has been ‘the hockey stick,’ a simple, easy-to-understand graph my colleagues and I constructed to depict changes in Earth’s temperature back to 1000 A.D.,” Mann explained.

The graph was featured in the high-profile Summary for Policy Makers of the 2001 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and it quickly became an icon in the debate over human-caused, or “anthropogenic,” climate change.

“I will tell the story behind the hockey stick, using it as a vehicle for exploring broader issues regarding the role of skepticism in science, the uneasy relationship between science and politics, and the dangers that arise when special economic interests and those who do their bidding attempt to skew the discourse over policy-relevant areas of science,” Mann said.

“We are thrilled to host a talk on such an important issue and by a speaker of such significance in the world of climate science,” said Todd Katzner, research assistant professor of wildlife and fisheries resources at WVU. “I would encourage all in Morgantown with an interest in global climate change to take advantage of the opportunity to see Dr. Mann’s lecture.”

A reception and book signing will follow Mann’s lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Mann’s visit is sponsored by the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

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CONTACT: David Welsh, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design
304-293-2394, david.welsh@mail.wvu.edu

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