Scientists Comment on Muir Russell “Climategate” Report

Posted on July 7, 2010

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The Science news site has been soliciting comments from scientists on the final Muir Russell investigation into the so-called “climategate” emails.  These are some of the things scientists have said so far:

Kevin Trenberth

In reality the ones who had malfeasance were many of the critics who brought those changes and who mis-used and abused the emails and who should have been reprimanded.

The review was not balanced in this regard.  I would have liked to see a commentary on the whole business.  It was not there, and it does not discourage such unjustified charges in future.

I guess I am really criticizing the mandate for the committee and they did not go beyond that.  Given that charges were made against Phil [Jones] that were not found to be valid, what does that say about those who brought the charges.

John Christy:

What I’ve read comes across as, Well … boys will be boys.

If our peer-review system were unbiased, we wouldn’t need to worry about what these emails describe.  Unfortunately, these emailers have considerable sway in the review process concerning climate observations, and that’s the problem.  It boils down to a simple question, “After reading these emails, would you trust these folks to provide an unbiased review of your work?”

Michael Mann:

It seems particularly ironic that climate change deniers continue to harp over their now discredited claims regarding decade-old emails while we’re experiencing almost daily reminders of the reality of global warming and climate change.  We’re currently witnessing the warmest temperatures ever globally, and are in the midst of a record-setting heat wave in the U.S. associated with the warmest early summer temperatures ever.  Meanwhile, the warmest-ever tropical Atlantic ocean temperatures ever are likely to lead to a hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season this summer, and Arctic sea ice is on course to plummet to its lowest levels ever this summer/fall.  Human-caused climate change is a reality, and it’s about time we get on to a meaningful discussion about what to do about it.

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Find the scientists full commentary at:

http://news.sciencemag.org/