Is this the end of the IPCC?
February 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
My latest blog at presseurop.eu
Yet more embarrassing revelations have befallen the scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit who brought us Climategate. Not renowned for climato-scepticism The Guardian leads today with news that Phil Jones, at the centre of last year’s leaked emails affair, is once again facing fresh claims that he “hid problems in key temperature data on which some of his work was based.” Hacked emails and documents from the University’s climatic research unit show that measurements used from Chinese weather stations were “seriously flawed” and that related documents “could not be produced.” Said flawed measurements were cited in a 1990 report on the effect of cities on global warming, to be then taken up by the IPCC in its 2007 report on climate change. The 1990 paper concluded that rising temperatures recorded in China were the result of global climate changes rather than the fact that Chinese cities are simply getting bigger, and therefore give off more heat, as cities are wont to do. However, when challenged a total of 105 times under the Freedom of Information Act to reveal the location of the Chinese weather stations, the UEA refused 95 of such requests. You don’t need to be a climate-change sceptic, or even the UK’s deputy information commissioner who drew attention to these blocking manouevres, to sense that the withholding of data whether flawed or not isn’t particulary sound scientific practice. Read on at presseurop.eu….