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Unformatted text preview: e containing an Anthrax-like white powder (the FBI determined that it was a hoax), and someone threw a dead rat
on the doorstep of another colleague. As the political conversation around climate change has become more polarized, the attacks have
intensified.Now, however, my colleagues and I are fighting back, a task that is made easier because the findings that have made us the targets of climate change deniers have only been further validated as CO2 levels continue to rise and the world
continues to warm. This is also true when it comes to the research behind the so-called “hockey stick” graph, which is
what first prompted attacks on me and my colleagues.That graph, unveiled in a 1998 paper, showed global temperatures level or
decreasing for 1,000 years (the shaft of the stick) and then spiking upward in the past century (the upturned blade.) Those rapidly rising
temperatures tracked increases in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, which coincided with the world’s growing
use of fossil fuel...
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