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    ***************SSI NOTICE*************** The Union of Concerned Scientists is pleased to announce the release of our fact sheet, Past, Present, and Future
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2006
      ***************SSI NOTICE***************
      The Union of Concerned Scientists is pleased to announce the
      release of our fact sheet, "Past, Present, and Future
      Temperatures: The 'Hockey Stick.'" This fact sheet is the
      latest in a series addressing high profile climate change
      science issues. The current edition examines historical
      temperature records with a particular focus on the well-
      known "Hockey Stick" graph, so called because the shape of
      the graph resembles a hockey stick.

      Over the past few years, opponents of climate change
      mitigation efforts have challenged the science and accuracy
      of this graph. Just this past summer, the chair of the House
      of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee,
      Representative Joe Barton (R-TX06), instigated an
      investigation into the science behind this graph because,
      according to Rep. Barton, the graph is "accorded great
      weight among those who believe humans are responsible for
      the undeniable phenomenon of global warming." This fact
      sheet discusses the science behind the graph and aims to
      clear up the debate that has arisen about the graph in a way
      that is accessible to the public and policymakers.

      You can download a copy of this fact sheet on our website,
      < http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science/hockeystickFAQ.html >

      ** About the Climate Science Series
      All of the fact sheets in this series are designed to help
      policymakers and the general public understand important
      climate science issues. We have chosen high profile topics
      that are the subject of debate in the public's perception of
      climate change science, and the fact sheets are based on a
      review of current scientific literature and personal
      discussions with experts. UCS climate scientist Dr. Brenda
      Ekwurzel is leading this effort, with review assistance from
      climate scientists with expertise in the chosen topic.

      The first fact sheet in this series, "Hurricane
      Destructiveness in a Warmer World," discusses possible
      connections between a warmer climate and hurricane
      intensity. It was released this fall and can be downloaded
      online at: < http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science/hurricanes-and-climate-change.html >.

      In the early months of 2006, UCS plans to release two more
      fact sheets. One will explore the current temperature trends
      and is tied to the 2005 temperature data about to be
      released from NOAA/NASA/WMO; the other will describe how we
      know that humans are causing the current climate changes
      (a/k/a human attribution).

      ** Fact Sheets Available for Your Use
      You are welcome to and encouraged to download and print out
      the "Hockey Stick" fact sheet for use in public speaking,
      meetings with policymakers, interviews with the press, and
      in your classrooms. You may download a high-resolution file
      for printing or for faster viewing on the computer screen
      the low resolution version is also available. If you have
      any questions about these fact sheets, please email Jean
      Sideris at ssi@....

      ** Additional Information
      For more information on the science and controversy behind
      the "Hockey Stick" graph, we encourage SSI members to visit
      RealClimate.org's "Dummies guide to the latest 'Hockey
      Stick' controversy" online at: < http://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=121 >

      On June 23, 2005, Representative Joe Barton (R-TX), in his
      capacity as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee,
      sent letters to three climate scientists-Drs. Michael Mann,
      Raymond Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes-as well as the
      Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National
      Science Foundation questioning many aspects of a global
      warming study. Further information is available online at:
      < http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/solutions/Barton-Investigation.html >

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