Monday, 5 April 2010

Climategate Reviewed

Climategate, the affair over the stolen emails from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University is officially no longer a scandal. The UK’s Parliamentary Science & Technology Committee began their investigation late last year.

The Science and Technology Committee published its report on the disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.

The focus on Professor Jones and CRU has been largely misplaced. On the accusations relating to Professor Jones's refusal to share raw data and computer codes, the Committee considers that his actions were in line with common practice in the climate science community.

On the much cited phrases in the leaked e-mails—"trick" and "hiding the decline"—the Committee considers that they were colloquial terms used in private e-mails and the balance of evidence is that they were not part of a systematic attempt to mislead.

Insofar as the Committee was able to consider accusations of dishonesty against CRU, the Committee considers that there is no case to answer.

The Committee found no reason in this inquiry to challenge the scientific consensus as expressed by Professor Beddington, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, that "global warming is happening [and] that it is induced by human activity".

On the mishandling of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, the Committee considers that much of the responsibility should lie with the University, not CRU. The leaked e-mails appear to show a culture of non-disclosure at CRU and instances where information may have been deleted to avoid disclosure, particularly to climate change sceptics. The failure of the University to grasp fully the potential damage this could do and did was regrettable. The University needs to re-assess how it can support academics whose expertise in FoI requests is limited.

The Committee calls for more disclosure of data and methodologies, but there is no fraud.

Amazongate - claims that the IPCC overstated the impact of climate change on the Amazon rain forest by relying on a WWF press release have proven to be groundless.

One by one, the major claims of the denial movement have been dismissed.

The most important facts are:
(1) the science is solid,
(2) the charges of scientific fraud are baseless and
(3) greater transparency will mitigate future claims made by the denial movement.


howard thomas said...

"The science is solid" it?
What are you going to say if the temperatures continue to refuse to rise to support the theory?

Adrian Windisch said...

The temperature does support the theory, as you would know if you had followed the links or read the report.