Climate change in the news

by Richard on November 24, 2010

It isn’t very often you’ll find me quoting the Daily Mail with any approval, but Influential climate change report ‘was copied from Wikipedia’ got my attention

Research questioning the validity of global warming was copied from Wikipedia and textbooks, it has been claimed.

A report by statistician Edward Wegman criticised earlier research led by scientist Michael Mann that said global temperatures were highest in the last century than the previous 1,000 years.

But according to plagiarism experts, ’significant’ sections of the 91-page report were lifted from ‘textbooks, Wikipedia and the writings of one of the scientists criticised in the report’.

In a report in USA Today, Paul Ginsparg of Cornell University, Ohio State’s Robert Coleman, and Virginia Tech’s Skip Garner said the Wegman study showed ‘fairly shocking’ and ‘fairly obvious’ academic misconduct.

In a report in USA Today, Paul Ginsparg of Cornell University, Ohio State’s Robert Coleman, and Virginia Tech’s Skip Garner said the Wegman study showed ‘fairly shocking’ and ‘fairly obvious’ academic misconduct.

It ought at least to give the ’sceptics’ pause, but on the evidence of the article’s comments, it probably won’t.

Meanwhile, a Refugees International report estimates that up to 200 million people could be displaced by climate change, reminding us that this is one of the most urgent moral and political issues which faces us.

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Earl 11.25.10 at 4:29 pm

Deeply troubling. Deeply troubling indeed. It’s a matter that merits serious and thorough review at the highest levels. Perhaps the cooks who served up the board of fare that was/in Climate Gate might be able to help. But then, that would suppose that those cooks and those who swallow what they serve have a taste for little side dishes such as truth, integrity, etc. But something must be done. After all, the sea level is rising. It does rise ever few hours… at high tide.

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