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CRU inquiry: science solid despite lack of statistical know-how

CRU inquiry: science solid despite lack of statistical know-how

Cross-posted by Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond The integrity of research by the ‘climate-gate’ scientists has been upheld by the latest report into the email theft affair, despite the inquiry team expressing surprise that few professional statisticians were involved in work that is “fundamentally statistical”. This inquiry, headed by Ron Oxburgh, is one of a number into the aftermath of emails leaked from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. It was established to consider allegations that papers emanating from CRU had manipulated data dishonestly to support pre-determined conclusions on climate change. “We saw no evidence  … Read more

Parliament committee calls for more transparency in climate science

Parliament committee calls for more transparency in climate science

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond The scientist at the centre of the ‘climate-gate’ emails has escaped censure from a Parliamentary inquiry into the affair, but his university and the field of climate science in general have not. “Climate science is a matter of global importance. The quality of the science therefore has to be irreproachable,” says Phil Willis, chair of Parliament’s Science and Technology Select Committee. “What this inquiry revealed was that climate scientists need to take steps to make available all the data that support their work and full methodological workings, including their computer codes. Had  … Read more

Are climate scientists ignoring the lessons of climategate?

Guest post by Keith Kloor If there was one thing that most observers seemed to agree on in the aftermath of the hacking at the University of East Anglia, it was, as Fred Pearce wrote in Yale Environment 360, that the emails revealed a “bunker mentality among many of the scientists” at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. Other metaphors have been suggested by Judith Curry, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech University, who has said, repeatedly, that the stolen CRU emails revealed a “tribalism” among climate scientists, and a “”http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/27/a-climate-scientist-on-climate-skeptics">circling of the wagons strategy.” More recently, controversies  … Read more

Extent of ‘carbon outsourcing’ revealed

Extent of ‘carbon outsourcing’ revealed

Posted for Richard Van Noorden from The Great Beyond More than one-fifth of the carbon dioxide produced by China in 2004 was emitted to provide goods and services for non-Chinese consumers, mainly in western Europe, the United States and Japan. The statistic comes from the latest study to look at an alternative style of carbon accounting — one that assigns CO2 emissions to the consumers responsible for them. By contrast, inventories such as those reported under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) simply tally the amount of gas each country produces. Ken Caldeira and Steve Davis, of  … Read more

How a computer expert corrected the Met Office

Cross-posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond Another day, another fault discovered in the climate change catechism? This time it’s not the usual suspects claiming a grand global conspiracy though. It’s a bit more interesting than that. At the heart of this story is professional computer programmer John Graham-Cumming, who decided to write some software to number crunch temperature data released by the UK’s Met Office. “I thought it would be a fun hobby project to use those records to reproduce the worrying charts that show the increase in global temperatures,” he wrote on his blog last week. “Because  … Read more

Nature editor resigns from ‘climate-gate’ review

Nature editor resigns from ‘climate-gate’ review

Cross posted from Daniel Cressey on The Great Beyond Nature’s editor in chief has stepped down from the Russell Review inquiry into aspects of the ‘climate-gate’ emails, just hours after the inquiry team was unveiled. Philip Campbell stood down after it emerged he told a Chinese reporter last year that the scientists at the centre of the climate-gate row “have behaved as researchers should”. A key aspect of the review headed by Muir Russell is whether scientists at the University of East Anglia followed proper scientific procedures. In a statement released to the media yesterday, Campbell said “I made the  … Read more