Wednesday, July 7, 2010

British Panel exonerates Climate Scientists

A few months back some letters were stolen from a server at University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit and published on the Internet.  This began what is known as Climategate. The letters led to many allegations of scientific misconduct, and the furor over the e-mails fed the notion that a closed community of climate scientists was systematically exaggerating the threat of climate change, and ignoring skeptics arguments.

The scandal in November, 2009 destabilized the U.N. climate change conference at Copenhagen and led to the temporary resignation of Climatic Research Unit director Phil Jones. Now we have this just in from The New York Times

"A British panel issued a sweeping exoneration on Wednesday of scientists caught up in the controversy known as Climategate, saying it found no evidence that they had manipulated their research to support preconceived ideas about global warming.

.The researcher at the center of the controversy, a leading climatologist named Phil Jones, was immediately reinstated to a job resembling his old one at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia. That unit, often referred to by its initials, has played a leading role in efforts to understand the earth’s past climate." ...(Cont.)...

More - Climategate
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'Climategate' scientists cleared of dishonesty
'Climategate' Investigation VINDICATES Scientists, Finds Research Reliable
'Climategate' professor gets his job back
Vindicated scientists warn against rising climate risks
Dutch agency affirms IPCC findings
Update July 19, 2010 - 'Climategate' fallout may impact legislation
Climategate: an exercise in irrelevance
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