Independent Climate Change E-Mail Review Exonerates, Chides Scientists
Climate change scientists were cleared of any wrongdoing regarding the manipulation of data in roughly 1,000 e-mails leaked before the Copenhagen Summit, but the report also admonished scientists for "unhelpful" behavior in the face of calls for greater transparency.A report following the leak of a slew of private e-mails from scientists concerning climate change largely exonerated those involved from allegations of propagating false data, but also rebuked scientists for not being open enough with their research. In November 2009, approximately 1,000 e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (UEA) were made public without authorization. The e-mails fueled challenges to the work of CRU, to the reliability of climate science in general, and to the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Further drawing attention was the time at when the e-mails were released, which was shortly before the Copenhagen Summit on climate change and became a firestorm of controversy during the summit. This review examined the conduct of the scientists involved and makes recommendations to the University of East Anglia. The report concluded that on the specific allegations made against the behavior of CRU scientists, their "rigor and honesty as scientists" is not in doubt.
"In addition, we do not find that their behavior has prejudiced the balance of advice given to policy makers. In particular, we did not find any evidence of behavior that might undermine the conclusions of the IPCC assessments," the report stated. "In addition, we do not find that their behavior has prejudiced the balance of advice given to policy makers. In particular, we did not find any evidence of behavior that might undermine the conclusions of the IPCC assessments."