Michael Mann’s 5 Degrees of Change: ‘The fossil fuel industry was very effective at marshalling the political right’

The Pennsylvania State University climatologist, whose legendary ‘hockey stick’ graph drove home the pace of global warming two decades ago, reveals what he would do to make a real difference to the global environment

Michael Mann: ‘I quickly found myself in the crosshairs of fossil fuel interests and those advocating for them’

Michael Mann never expected to be the public figure he is today. Having made his name producing groundbreaking research in the area of climate science, the Pennsylvania State University climatologist found himself catapulted into what he said is now one of the “most contentious societal battles we have ever witnessed”.

Mann’s now famous “hockey stick graph” showed in simple terms the runaway global warming that has been witnessed since the beginning of the industrial era. ...