The Buzz: The Climate Scandal That Wasn't

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Last week, hackers pulled a data heist on the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, releasing thousands of stolen documents and emails that purportedly exposed a scientific conspiracy to fabricate evidence of global warming. Climate change skeptics dug into the data with forks and knives, choosing the choicest morsels as evidence of fraud. But ScienceBloggers are unimpressed by the stunt. On A Few Things Ill Considered, Coby Beck places tongue in cheek, rejoicing that the Greenland ice sheet is now refreezing. On Deltoid, Tim Lambert reports that NASA is being sued by the Competitive Enterprise Institute for scientist Gavin Schmidt's activities on the RealClimate blog, where he "makes it perfectly clear that the claims of scientific malpractice are without foundation." On Stoat, William M. Connolley debunks some of the supposed instances of hanky-panky, writing that "everyone with any sense seems to have got the right answer by now." James Hrynyshyn on The Island of Doubt calls the stolen data "just plain banal" and "bereft of the context required to understand them in any meaningful way." Hrynyshyn also presents some new projections from The Copenhagen Diagnosis, which show that global carbon dioxide emissions were 40% higher in 2008 than in 1990, and that by 2100, sea levels may rise by as much as two meters.

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