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New books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
Michael E. Mann, Footprint Books, $34.95
Climate scientists have come under vicious attack in recent years, from defamatory slurs to death threats. No climatologist has been more vilified than Michael Mann, lead author of several papers plotting Northern Hemisphere temperatures over the past millennium. Independent research from many other places has largely replicated Mann’s results, and independent investigations have found that, while Mann’s work could have been improved, alternative approaches would not have yielded different outcomes.

In The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars Mann explains how his work became the focus of so much attention, and what it is like to be subject to such attacks for simply being good at one’s job.

Science on Ice: Discovering the Secrets of Antarctica
Veronika Meduna, Auckland University Press, $49.95
Antarctica may not be an easy place to conduct research, and it certainly is not a cheap one, but for many scientific questions there is simply no alternative. Whether it is the global food chain, the oceanic thermohaline conveyor belts or the Earth’s climatic history, understanding is impossible without data from the far south.

New Zealand science writer and broadcaster Veronika...

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