Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scientific integrity

Incredible. In fact, the whole "climategate" release of letters is some of the best scientific street theatre we've had in decades.

The Australian press has, so far, been virtually silent on the issue, even though this unauthorized release of thousands of e-mails and files from the top players in climate science casts serious doubt on the credibility of climate reconstructions and the integrity of some key figures. This is especially significant now because of the carbon emissions (economic suicide) legislation currently being bulldozed through parliament.

Part of the reason may be because of the embarrassing level of uncritical support that the local science journalists have provided over the years to any alarming climate science findings. [Note to journalists: we scientists spend a lot of time being wrong - that's why it's called research and not engineering.]Link