Monday, December 7, 2009

Climate Scientist Accused of "Cooking the Books" - Inside Climategate 2009

Saudi Arabia told global warming talks on Monday that trust in climate science had been "shaken" by leaked emails among experts (including over 1,000 e-mail messages, and another 2,500 or so computer files, many of which are still being analyzed) and called for an international probe. The allegation could possibly stand to rattle the foundation and reputations of global warming experts. In the midst of the controversy the media has done little coverage or investigation of this critical development.

The Copenhagen Diagnosis, a year-long study to be unveiled at the Copenhagen climate change meetings that begin today, is being alleged to be designed to dramatize how little time we have left to save the planet from catastrophic climate.

The Copenhagen Diagnosis was actually billed as an update to the last report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The group that is now discredited by emails that emerged showing a conspiracy to cook the books - had a dozen of its members in charge of producing the Copenhagen Diagnosis. The Copenhagen Diagnosis relied on data from the Hadley Centre of the UK meteorological office and the Climate Research Unit of East Anglia University - two bodies that may now need to set aside the data altogether and start over.

The suspect data, known as HADCRUT, is a merged dataset comprised of marine temperatures provided by the Hadley Centre and land-based temperatures from the Climate Research Unit. Because the CRU portion of the data is so suspect with so much of the public, the Met Office has announced a three-year year investigation in which it will re-examine 160 years of temperature data. The Met took this step, which makes puts into question, has the the world has been relying on suspect data ?

The IPCC, has also announced an investigation into the Climategate scandal, as has East Anglia University and Penn State University, home to another infamous member of Climategate: Michael Mann. All told, 12 of the 26 Copenhagen Diagnosis authors are implicated in the Climategate scandal, including Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, a much criticized Lead Author of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

In the midst of the chaos remains one critical question; where is the media in all this and why are we not hearing more about this issue? Perhaps the most direct coverage of this egg in face scandal is Jon Stewarts stinging comedy routine on the Today Show.

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1 comment:

Yael said...

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