"Scientists" -- in scare quotes since climatologists seem to be mostly political activists -- are just starting to grapple with the fact that they've completely lost the public trust on global warming.
Here in Britain, the change has been driven by the news media’s intensive coverage of a series of climate science controversies unearthed and highlighted by skeptics since November. These include the unauthorized release of e-mail messages from prominent British climate scientists at the University of East Anglia that skeptics cited as evidence that researchers were overstating the evidence for global warming and the discovery of errors in a United Nations climate report.
Two independent reviews later found no evidence that the East Anglia researchers had actively distorted climate data, but heavy press coverage had already left an impression that the scientists had schemed to repress data.
I don't think it takes a brilliant scientist to interpret the hoard of climategate emails.
From: Phil Jones
To: ray bradley ,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Diagram for WMO Statement Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:31:15 +0000 Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com
Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,
Once Tim's got a diagram here we'll send that either later today or
first thing tomorrow.
I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps
to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from
1961 for Keith's to hide the decline. Mike's series got the annual
land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land
N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999
for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with
data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998.
Thanks for the comments, Ray.
Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email firstname.lastname@example.org
It's nice that "two independent reviews" found no wrongdoing, but c'mon. That's absurd. We're not exalted "climatologists" but we can read.
The fact of the matter is that people don't need to understand the science. Scientists ask us to trust them because they know more than we do, but the climategate emails demonstrate that the world's leading global warming proponents are not trustworthy people. It doesn't matter that they're smart and educated. The emails show that they regularly lied to and manipulated the public.