Climate change scientist to speak at UW

Michael Mann

Photo courtesy UW-Madison

The creator of the "hockey stick" graph showing a sharp increase in Earth's temperature will be speaking at UW-Madison April 17.

Penn State meteorologist professor Michael Mann will speak at 7 p.m. in the Ebling Science Symposium Center, Room 1220 of the Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The hockey stick graph, which shows the sharp increase in temperature in recent times, has become a rallying point in the controversial issue of climate change, according to a news release from UW-Madison Communications.

Mann's presentation, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines," will dig into the controversy and surrounding issues, such as skepticism in science, the uneasy relationship between science and politics, and the influence particular economic interests can have on the way we debate policy-relevant areas of science.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.