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Climate Activist, Michael Mann
Many authors might be flattered if their books received so much attention. But Michael Mann ... perhaps not so much. A few weeks before his new book was published, reviews started appearing on Amazon. Lots of scathing, one-star reviews.
If you're wondering why people would have such negative opinions about a book they hadn't read, it might help to know that Professor Mann is a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University. He's the creator of the hockey stick graph ... a zigzagging line that shows global temperatures over hundreds of years.
In the last century it curves upwards, like a hockey stick. That graph made Professor Mann one of the most polarizing figures in climate science. To some, the graph is powerful evidence of human-made climate change. Doubters see it as a symbol of flawed science - even fraud.
Professor Mann himself has been the target of personal threats and attacks on his scientific integrity. He has also been the subject of several investigations into allegations of academic and scientific misconduct. He has always been exonerated.
Michael Mann is the director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. His new book is called The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. And as part of our Game Changer project, Michael Mann joined us in our Toronto studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Chris Wodskou.
Last Word - French Enfants
In the days to come on The Current, we'll speak with a U.S. writer, surprised by the good natured, well-behaved children she encountered in France. For today's Last Word, producer Kristin Nelson has been looking into why French enfants are so rarely terrible.
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