Penn State Professor Michael Mann to Speak on Climate Change
During his State of the Union address last year, President Obama said, “the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” Michael Mann, distinguished professor of Meteorology at Penn State, agrees it is no longer acceptable for scientists to sit on the sidelines on the issue of global warming, which he says represents a clear and present danger. “It would be an abrogation of our responsibility to society if we remained quiet in the face of such a grave threat,” he said. Mann will speak on global warming. Mann is a leading member of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, which won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former Vice President Al Gore, and is also author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. Mann’s famous “hockey stick” graph, so named because it shows a steady uptick, resembling the blade of the hockey stick, in temperatures over the last 250 years, has not been without controversy. In 2009, Mann found himself in the scientific crosshairs when email exchanges with the University of East Anglia in Great Britain prompted accusations of data manipulation. Following investigations by Penn State, the Environmental Protection Administration and the National Science Foundation, charges were dismissed.
His talk is sponsored by Community College of Philadelphia’s Coalition for a Sustainable Future and the Sierra Club.
The event will take place at Community College of Philadelphia, in the Bonnell Building Auditorium, Room BG-20, located on 16th Street, just south of Spring Garden.