CRU hack

by Richard on November 23, 2009

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.

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malc 11.23.09 at 3:47 pm

lol, you been hacked by the skeptics as well Richard?? your post post of the conversation between Prof Watson and Lord Lawson seems not to be there!! ;o)

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Richard 11.23.09 at 3:59 pm

It’s working for me…
But here’s the mp3 in case the glitch is more than temporary.

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malc 11.23.09 at 4:36 pm

It could always just be this computer (I’m at work), I was just getting the little cross of denial!!

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Mike Lorrey 11.24.09 at 6:44 am

Have you even read the emails? I have, they very clearly show conspiracy to falsify expense reports to a government agency, to defraud the taxpayer, intimidation of academic journals to prevent competitive papers, conspiracy to violate the UK FOIA of 2000, violation of FOIA of 2000, as well as falsification of data. The comments in the fortran programs back up these interpretations where the comments clearly explain that certain routines are intended to filter out data they don’t want included.

George Monbiot has come out admitting that this is damaging and is demanding Jones’ resignation, as well as personally apologizing for not investigating deeper as he should have as a journalist.

I recommend you actually spend the time reading the emails and try doing so objectively without your partisan blinders on.

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Richard 11.24.09 at 6:57 am

Yes, I have looked at some of the emails. No, I don’t accept that they mean what some are trying to tell us they mean. I agree that this is damaging. It will disturb public confidence in science, and that can’t be a good thing. I hope that there is a proper, thorough investigation.

It’s a little bit much being invited to read them “without your partisan blinders on” though, since it is ‘partisan blinders’ that are making these emails so exciting.

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