Stick a fork in it, part two
The Institute of Physics, in response to a request by the British House of Commons, conducted a review of the now famous leaked emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. They have submitted their report, and their findings are damning. Note, this is an organization with membership worldwide, and “a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences.” This was the summary of their findings:
“Unless the disclosed e-mails are proved to be forgeries or adaptations, worrying implications arise for the integrity of scientific research in this field and for the credibility of the scientific method as practised in this context.”
Read that again. The “integrity of scientific research in this field,” meaning Climate research, and the “credibility of the scientific method in this context,” again, meaning Climate research.
The CRU e-mails as published on the internet provide prima facie evidence of determined and co-ordinated refusals to comply with honourable scientific traditions and freedom of information law. The principle that scientists should be willing to expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by others, which requires the open exchange of data, procedures and materials, is vital. The lack of compliance has been confirmed by the findings of the Information Commissioner. This extends well beyond the CRU itself – most of the e-mails were exchanged with researchers in a number of other international institutions who are also involved in the formulation of the IPCC’s conclusions on climate change.
Can you feel the earth shifting under your feet? The IOP essentially says here that honourable scientific traditions and methods were discarded, and not just by the CRU, but that this scandal obviously extends further afield. They emphasize this point, again:
Most of the e-mails were exchanged with researchers in a number of other leading institutions involved in the formulation of the IPCC’s conclusions on climate change. In so far as those scientists were complicit in the alleged scientific malpractices, there is need for a wider inquiry into the integrity of the scientific process in this field.
Scientific malpractice! Not only is Global Warming done, but it is burnt to a crisp.
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