On the eve of next week's Copenhagen climate summit, the evidence couldn't be more embarrassing for proponents of global warming, says the Calgary Herald. Leaked e-mails from the University of East Anglia's Hadley Climate Research Unit (CRU), one of the world's leading climate change research centers, indicate that prominent scientists cooked the books to make the case for man-made global warming.
Misconduct at an institute as respected and influential as Hadley -- including the manipulation and deletion of data and deliberate attempts to suppress peer-reviewed papers skeptical of global warming, as the e-mails indicate -- would undermine the very basis of an issue that is driving much of the world agenda.
Global warming, endorsed by the national science academies of every major industrialized nation, would not only be flawed science, it would be the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the world, says the Herald.
The e-mails indicate an agenda-driven willingness among a group of like-minded scientists to influence what research gets published:
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- In one 2003 e-mail, a scientist suggests boycotting the journal Climate Research, and manipulating its editors or getting them fired, for publishing articles contrary to the views of the Hadley CRU.
- In another message, the head of the Hadley climate unit, Philip Jones, wrote that he would try to exclude papers written by climate skeptics from a 2007 report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
- He vowed in the e-mail to "keep them out somehow--even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!"
If he wasn't kidding, Jones's e-mail, and others like it, are distressing, says the Herald. On Tuesday, Jones announced his resignation while the school investigates the e-mails that indicate scientific and professional misconduct have been perpetrated by Jones and others.
Even those who accept the need to act on the theory of man-made global warming can't deny that all science should be allowed to speak for itself. Nothing should be suppressed, says the Herald.
As U.S. climatologist and global warming skeptic Roy Spencer notes: "Year after year, the evidence keeps mounting that most climate research now being funded is for the purpose of supporting IPCC politics, not to find out how nature works. The 'data spin' is increasingly difficult to ignore or to explain away as just sloppy science."
Source: Editorial, "Suppressing science: Is Climategate world's biggest hoax?" Calgary Herald, December 3, 2009. For text: http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Suppressing+science/2297620/story.html
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