The hacking of the Climate Research Unit’s email system has been all over the blogosphere for several days. It has the ’skeptics’ excited. Friends of science’s response is representative
The Hadley Climate Research Unit (CRU) computer system at the University of East Anglia in the UK was hacked and over a thousand sensitive emails and many important data files were made available on the internet. The emails show that the CRU scientists manipulated data to support the global warming agenda of the IPCC. The CRU provides a temperature index used by the IPCC and climate scientists.
The Telegraph UK reports that the emails from some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory suggest:
“Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.”
The truth is, of course, that these emails reveal no such thing. In fact, you might be tempted to wonder why, if the science is a obvious as they frequently claim, this is the best the ’skeptics’ can do? For what these emails have “revealed” is that the scientists working on climate change are as human as the rest of us and that private email isn’t written for circulation (that’s what the word private means). Neither of these insights is very revelatory.
This morning there was an interesting conversation on Radio 4 between Lord Lawson (a noted climate change skeptic) and Prof Robert Watson of the University of East Anglia. I post it here for your edification.