Saturday, April 17, 2010

Report Finds No Misconduct in "Climategate"

The Guardian reports that a review of the methods of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia found no professional misconduct:
The climate scientists at the centre of a media storm over emails released on the internet were disorganised but did not fudge their results, an independent inquiry into the affair reported today.
Here's the key finding from the seven professors who reviewed the CRU's methods:
We saw no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice in any of the work of the Climatic Research Unit and had it been there we believe that it is likely that we would have detected it. Rather we found a small group of dedicated if slightly disorganised researchers who were ill-prepared for being the focus of public attention. As with many small research groups their internal procedures were rather informal.
Given the initial furor over the research group's e-mails, one might think that this finding might gain significant media attention. Sadly, no. The New York Times devoted a single paragraph on page A15 to the report. So much for Climategate.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Hube said...

Man. Talk about pulling the proverbial wool over your eyes, Tom.

11:02 AM, April 17, 2010  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

What part of "did not fudge their results" am I missing?

12:05 PM, April 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the "wool" that Hube is refering to is this:

The probe was conducted by Lord Oxburgh who is the chair of Falck Renewables, a firm that has wind farms across Europe, and chair of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, "a lobby group which argues that carbon capture could become a $1 trillion industry by 2050."


Imagine that. A man with a financial interest in companies that would benefit from efforts to arrest man-made global warming is asked to look into the possible scientific malpractice of researchers whose conclusions are favorable to his business concerns.

This would be akin to the Defense Department putting Dick Chaney in charge of investigating Haliburton.


John Galt

6:23 PM, April 27, 2010  

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