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Unformatted text preview: vast puzzle. Individual papers like ours are a single piece of that puzzle. Scientists are still filling in pieces the
puzzle, but we can see a relatively complete picture of our climate that tells us the Earth is warming, human activity is
the cause, and that we are locking in substantial rises in sea level , increasingly intense heat waves and floods, and
threats to global fresh water and food resources as we continue to burn fossil fuels.But politicians and ideologues try to
make climate science out to be a house of cards. Remove one card and the whole thing falls down. The hockey stick
papers, they decided, must be one of those cards and their response was to attack our research and challenge our integrity. I call it the “Serengeti
strategy,” in which predators look for what they perceive as the most vulnerable animals in a herd.In 2005, U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-New
York) had the courage to stand up to Joe Barton. Boehlert asked the National Academy of Sciences — an institution created by Abraham
Lincoln to advise the government on scientific matters — to evaluate th...
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