Climatology professor talks change, research
Mann, a professor of climatology at Pennsylvania State University, spoke of the research and challenges he has compiled and faced as a scientist before a room of about 430 people in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.Oklahoma State University–Stillwater - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“It seems a little ironic to me that I am giving a speech on climate change in the middle of oil country,” Mann said. “But it is probably oil states like Oklahoma and Texas where this debate matters most.”
Oklahoma had the hottest summer any state had ever recorded two summers ago, Mann said.
“The center of North America will see more warming than the coasts,” Mann said.
Rings on a tree not only tell time but they grow more in times of favorable conditions too. By looking at how thick a ring in tree from a certain time period is, Mann can judge certain factors about that climate.
“The science behind global warming has been known for 200 years,” Mann said.
“The fossil fuel companies today are like the tobacco industry trying to discredit the science that linked smoking cigarettes to cancer,” he said.
In 2006, OSU become the recipient of a gift of $165 million from alumnus T. Boone Pickens to the university's athletic department, and in 2008 received another gift from Pickens of $100 million for endowed academic chairs. It was the largest gift for academics ever given in the state...In February, 2010, Pickens announced that he was pledging another $100 Million to fund a scholarship endowment as part of a $1 Billion fund-raising campaign titled "Branding Success." The pledge brought the total pledged or contributed to OSU by Pickens to over $500 Million...Prominent alumni include oil tycoon and billionaire philanthropist T. Boone Pickens