Mann signed copies of Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming.
UVA graduate student Jon Walter, who grew up playing hockey in Philadelphia, gets his old stick signed by the creator of the so-called "hockey stick" graph.
"It's not wrong to be wrong," says Michael Mann, author of the famous "hockey stick graph," the controversial image of a recent spike in global temperatures.
Speaking on the quest for knowledge in a divisive political climate, the climate scientist made his first public return to the University of Virginia since the state's attorney general began suing, trying to see if he committed any fraud when on the faculty. Speaking to a packed lecture hall on January 17, the Penn State professor seemed unfazed by AG Ken Cuccinelli.
"While I've borne costs, I've also borne opportunities," Mann said. "The best way I can get back at my detractors is being the most effective spokesperson I can be."
During the Q&A period, Mann asserted that deniers of climate change have received "far too much prominence" in media reports and that nations such as the U.S. and Australia– perhaps due to their history of "contrarianism" and "the rugged individualist mindset"– have rejected limits on emissions eagerly accepted by European nations.
In keeping with willingness to be wrong, Mann told the crowd in UVA's Clark Hall to remain open to new information.
"We should all be skeptics," he said. "I'd like to think I'm a skeptic."