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Climate change emails between scientists reveal flaws in peer review

Posted By admin On February 3, 2010 @ 5:34 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Fred Pearce
London Guardian [1]
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Scientists sometimes like to portray what they do as divorced from the everyday jealousies, rival [2]ries and tribalism of human relationships. What makes science special is that data and results that can be replicated are what matters and the scientific truth will out in the end.

But a close reading of the emails hacked from the University of East Anglia in November exposes the real process of everyday science in lurid detail.

Many of the emails reveal strenuous efforts by the mainstream climate scientists to do what outside observers would regard as censoring their critics. And the correspondence raises awkward questions about the effectiveness of peer review – the supposed gold standard of scientific merit – and the operation of the UN’s top climate body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [3] (IPCC).

The scientists involved disagree. They say they were engaged not in suppressing dissent but in upholding scientific standards by keeping bad science out of peer-reviewed journals. Either way, when passing judgment on papers that directly attack their own work, they were mired in conflicts of interest that would not be allowed in most professions.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/02/hacked-climate-emails-flaws-peer-review

[2] jealousies, rival: http://climateaudit.org/

[3] Climate Change: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/climate-change

[4] Image: http://www.efoodsdirect.com/index.html?aid=14&adid=25

[5] Climate Expert: “Compromised” UN Scientists should be excluded from IPCC, Peer-Review Process: http://www.prisonplanet.com/climate-expert-compromised-un-scientists-should-be-excluded-from-ipcc-peer-review-process.html

[6] Leaked climate change emails scientist ‘hid’ data flaws: http://www.prisonplanet.com/leaked-climate-change-emails-scientist-hid-data-flaws.html

[7] UN brings in top scientists to review IPCC report on Himalayan glaciers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/un-brings-in-top-scientists-to-review-ipcc-report-on-himalayan-glaciers.html

[8] Climategate Scientist Accuses Skeptics Of “Hijacking” Peer Review Process: http://www.prisonplanet.com/climategate-scientist-accuses-skeptics-of-hijacking-peer-review-process.html

[9] Blam! Kapow! Climate Scientists in Verbal Brawl: http://www.prisonplanet.com/blam-kapow-climate-scientists-in-verbal-brawl.html

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