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Rally and march on climate set for Saturday in Buffalo

Renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann will be the featured speaker Saturday afternoon at the Rally and March to Support People and the Planet in downtown Buffalo.

It is being held in conjunction with Saturday’s People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., and rallies in other cities.

The rally will begin with an indigenous opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in Niagara Square, where information tables will be set up. The march will go southeast down Niagara Street to Franklin Street, then Erie Street, then Marine Drive and along Lake Erie to the Marina Peace Garden. The march will return to Niagara Square for a closing ceremony.

Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, was part of a group of researchers who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

His study of historical climate data was the basis for the controversial “hockey stick” graph, which showed a sharp uptrend in temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere since 1900.

He is author or co-author of more than 100 articles and publications, including the 2016 book, “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics and Driving Us Crazy,” with Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles.

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