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Climategate: it’s not the emails, it’s the data
Posted By Kathy Shaidle On December 9, 2009 @ 12:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Looks like Media Matters finally got the message. From the start, they’ve been trying to focus everyone’s attention on those hacked Climategate emails — because while they’re important, those emails don’t matter as much as the Climategate data.
On the December 8 edition of Fox News’ Special Report, correspondent James Rosen advanced the claim that “climate-gate” revealed that “some leading proponents of global warming [...] destroyed” raw temperature data.
Yeah, about that data…
Willis Eschenbach offers some indepth analysis:
People say â€œYes, they destroyed emails, and hid from Freedom of information Acts, and messed with proxies, and fought to keep other scientistsâ€™ papers out of the journals â€¦ but that doesnâ€™t affect the data, the data is still good.â€ Which sounds reasonable.
Eschenback explains that there are
three main global temperature datasets. (…) The three groups take raw data, and they â€œhomogenizeâ€ it to remove things like when a station was moved to a warmer location and thereâ€™s a 2C jump in the temperature.
To his “great surprise,” Eschenback’s analysis revealed that the leading “global warming” researchers had “added a huge artificial totally imaginary trend to the last half of the raw data! Before getting homogenized, temperatures (…) were falling at 0.7 Celcius per century â€¦ but after the homogenization, they were warming at 1.2 Celcius per century. And the adjustment that they made was over two degrees per century â€¦ when those guys ‘adjust,’ they donâ€™t mess around.”
Don’t expect to see that story covered at Media Matters anytime soon.
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