The climate scientists from the prestigious University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the scandal that erupted after 13 years of emails were leaked. Some of the emails had contained complaints about inadequate science put forth by researchers claiming to debunk the emerging consensus of scientific findings on climate destabilization, but the inquiry found no inappropriate measures were taken by anyone to suppress evidence or censor the science.
The science of global warming: This is not part of today’s inquiry but even if it was the report couldn’t do anything other than fully back the assertion that greenhouse gases emitted as a result of human activities are causing the world to warm. The allegations by former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and other sceptics that the emails were a “smoking gun” — or even a “mushroom cloud” — showing global warming is a scam were themselves utterly bogus, as Fred Pearce comprehensively shows here.
The Muir Russell Review heard evidence from interested parties on both sides of the climate debate and both sides of the East Anglia email controversy. The inquiry found the allegations of manipulated science by the CRU climate experts were not only unfounded, but were driven by specific political interests seeking to discredit the scientists’ findings.
Professor Raymond Bradley, an eminent climatologist from the University of Massachusetts, said he had “the greatest respect for (the CRU team’s) scholarship, insight and scientific integrity, and I have seen nothing in the stolen emails that changes this opinion”.
The hacked emails and other documents emerged shortly before the Copenhagen climate summit, and the episode was seen in some quarters as an attempt to wreck the chances of a meaningful global treaty. “The theft was a political act, and your inquiry should be fully aware of the context in which you are operating,” Professor Bradley told the inquiry.
The full text of the Muir Russell report is embedded below: