More On Climategate

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 2, 2010

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The reputation of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia continues to plummet:

Phil Jones, the beleaguered British climate scientist at the centre of the leaked emails controversy, is facing fresh claims that he sought to hide problems in key temperature data on which some of his work was based.

A Guardian investigation of thousands of emails and documents apparently hacked from the University of East Anglia’s climatic research unit has found evidence that a series of measurements from Chinese weather stations were seriously flawed and that documents relating to them could not be produced.

Jones and a collaborator have been accused by a climate change sceptic and researcher of scientific fraud for attempting to suppress data that could cast doubt on a key 1990 study on the effect of cities on warming – a hotly contested issue.

Today the Guardian reveals how Jones withheld the information requested under freedom of information laws. Subsequently a senior colleague told him he feared that Jones’s collaborator, Wei- Chyung Wang of the University at Albany, had “screwed up”.

The story goes on to note that Ed Miliband, the British climate change secretary, “warned of the danger of a public backlash against mainstream climate science over claims that scientists manipulated data.” Well, that would certainly be the danger, wouldn’t it? Too bad that the scientists–I use that term loosely in this case–at the University of East Anglia decided to do their best to throw climate science into utter disrepute.

Much more on this issue here. Recall that amazingly enough, there will be no prosecutions for the behavior of the East Anglia folks, despite the fact that laws were clearly broken.

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