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Sea Change Radio

Back in 1999, a team of sci­en­tists pub­lished a graph­ic depic­tion recon­struct­ing north­ern hemi­sphere tem­per­a­tures for the pre­vi­ous 1000 years. The steep increase from the 1900s on inspired the sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty to give this visu­al a clever nick­name: the hock­ey stick graph. This week on Sea Change Radio, we sit down with Michael Mann, the lead researcher on that study that intro­duced a gen­er­a­tion to the notion of cli­mate change. He is wide­ly pub­lished and has received a num­ber of awards, the most recent being the Tyler Prize for Envi­ron­men­tal Achieve­ment in April of 2019. In our con­ver­sa­tion, we talk about why aca­d­e­mics should bust out of the ivory tow­er, exam­ine the cli­mate change denial move­ment, and explore how the adage, the best defense is a strong offense,” has served him well.