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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Update on Climategate

Bishop Hill has a post summarizing some of the details he's garnered from publication of the recently hacked (or leaked) emails and documents of the East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU). If true, the information discloses highly unethical (and perhaps even illegal) activities by some of the world's top climate research scientists.

For important background that will put these disclosures in context, see here and here.

While some of the CRU's defenders rightfully point out that this information may have been obtained illegally, the fact is that much of it is apparently subject to the Freedom of Information Act (or the British equivalent) and therefore should have been released years ago in response to numerous requests by Steve McIntyre and others. Thus, some of it may have been withheld illegally in the first place.

UPDATE:> Washington Post coverage of this story can be found here. The most troubling aspect of this post story is the apparent attempt by the world's leading climate scientists to boycott scientific journals that post scholarly articles by AGW skeptics, while chiding those same skeptics for their inability to get more articles published. Shameless.

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