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'Climategate' professor gets his job back
07-07-2010, 06:22 PM,
'Climategate' professor gets his job back
Quote:Prof Jones lost his job as head of the Climatic Research Unit at the UEA after personal emails he sent appeared on the internet.

The emails referred to a 'trick' used to interpret data and the death of a leading climate change sceptic as "cheering news."

Sceptics claimed the stolen emails showed Prof Jones and his colleagues were willing to manipulate key data to exaggerate the rise in global temperatures.

The scandal, that became known as 'climategate', caused repercussions around the world as it was used by those who question the case for man made global warming.

However a comprehensive review into the case by Sir Muir Russell, a senior UK civil servant, has cleared Prof Jones of dishonest behaviour.

Edward Acton, Vice Chancellor of the UEA, immediately announced that Prof Jones will be reinstated as Director of Research in CRU, a role of similar importance to his last post.

He said it was a personal vindication for Prof Jones, who has said he considered suicide over the affair.

"We hope this means the wilder assertions about the climate science community will stop," he said.

However sceptics claimed the report was a whitewash and questioned the reinstatement of Prof Jones.

David Holland, one of the leading sceptics on the blogosphere, pointed out that Prof Jones referred to deleting emails in one of his communications.

"Would you trust a man who has asked to delete evidence?" he said.

The theft of the emails from the UEA at the end of last year caused a worldwide scandal just as the United Nations was meeting in Copenhagen to discuss the threat of global warming.

Sceptics said the emails show scientists exaggerated the extent of global warming by cherry picking certain data to show a rise in global temperatures. They repeatedly tried to retrieve the raw data behind the graphs under Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.

But after six months of trawling through the emails Sir Muir Russell and his team of experts concluded that there was no evidence of dishonesty.

The review group point out that the global temperature records in question can be downloaded in a "matter of minutes" from different sources and show a similar conclusion to UEA.

Sir Muir said the report found no evidence the extent of global warming has been exaggerated.

"Climate science is a matter of such global importance, that the highest standards of honesty, rigour and openness and needed in its conduct," he said. "On the specific allegations made against the behaviour of CRU scientists, we find that their rigour and honesty as scientists are not in doubt."

However Prof Jones was described as "unhelpful" and "defensive" in dealing with FOI requests, that are required to be answered under law, and the UEA was criticised for its lack of transparency.

"We do find that there has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degrees of openness, both on the part of UEA and, who failed to recognise not only the significance of the statutory requirements but also the risk to the reputation of the university and, indeed to the credibility of UK climate science," added Sir Muir.

The review also partially upheld the accusation that scientists used a "trick" to "hide the decline" in an iconic graph used to show an increase in global temperatures since industrial times.

The graph, which was used in a report published in 1999 by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and circulated widely, did not show temperature data from tree-rings once they diverged from actual measurements in the 1960s, falling while real temperatures rose.

The review said it was not misleading to omit part of the tree ring temperature series but the process should have been made plain in the graph, caption or text.

"We do not find that the [graph] is misleading per se," Sir Muir continued. "But we believe the procedures used should have been made plain."

:: The Met Office will continue to provide weather forecasts for the BBC. The 90-year contract was up for annual review and it had been suggested a New Zealand compay would provide forecasts after the 'BBQ summer' furore. But the BBC said the Met Office continues to provide the best service.
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07-07-2010, 06:31 PM,
RE: 'Climategate' professor gets his job back

07-07-2010, 10:04 PM,
RE: 'Climategate' professor gets his job back
CRU’s Phil Jones Interviewed: Disorganised, MWP Not Settled, No Warming Since 1995

The BBC website interview of Phil Jones by warmist Roger Harrabin has caused quite a stir in the Sunday papers:

Untold billions of pounds have been spent on turning the world green and also on financing the dubious trade in carbon credits.

Countless gallons of aviation fuel have been consumed carrying experts, lobbyists and politicians to apocalyptic conferences on global warming.

Every government on Earth has changed its policy, hundreds of academic institutions, entire school curricula and the priorities of broadcasters and newspapers all over the world have been altered – all to serve the new doctrine that man is overheating the planet and must undertake heroic and costly changes to save the world from drowning as the icecaps melt.

You might have thought that all this was based upon well-founded, highly competent research and that those involved had good reason for their blazing, hot-eyed certainty and their fierce intolerance of dissent.

But, thanks to the row over leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit, we now learn that this body’s director, Phil Jones, works in a disorganised fashion amid chaos and mess.

Interviewed by the highly sympathetic BBC, which still insists on describing the leaked emails as ‘stolen’, Professor Jones has conceded that he ‘did not do a thorough job’ of keeping track of his own records.

His colleagues recall that his office was ‘often surrounded by jumbled piles of papers’.

Even more strikingly, he also sounds much less ebullient about the basic theory, admitting that there is little difference between global warming rates in the Nineties and in two previous periods since 1860 and accepting that from 1995 to now there has been no statistically significant warming.

He also leaves open the possibility, long resisted by climate change activists, that the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ from 800 to 1300 AD, and thought by many experts to be warmer than the present period, could have encompassed the entire globe.

This is an amazing retreat, since if it was both global and warmer, the green movement’s argument that our current position is ‘unprecedented’ would collapse.

It is quite reasonable to suggest that human activity may have had some effect on climate.

There is no doubt that careless and greedy exploitation has done much damage to the planet.

But in the light of the ‘Climategate’ revelations, it is time for governments, academics and their media cheerleaders to be more modest in their claims and to treat sceptics with far more courtesy.

The question is not settled.

What a bunch of con men!
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