Friday, February 26, 2010

Climate scientists hope independent reviews will reverse public’s loss of trust

A man watches an animated projection, showing the different acidity of the ocean, inside the U.S. Center 09 during the second day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009

The two most influential advisory bodies on climate change are planning
independent reviews of their research in an attempt to regain public trust
after revelations about errors and the suppression of data.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is to appoint an independent
team to examine its procedures after admitting having made errors that
exaggerated the severity of the impact of global warming.

Two separate inquiries are being held into allegations that the unit tried to
hide raw data from critics and exaggerated the extent of global warming.

The allegations about climate scientists are believed to have contributed to a
sharp rise in public scepticism about climate change.

Data from 3,000 weather stations around the world has already been published
on the Met Office website and it hopes that data from the remaining 2,500
will be available later this year.

It said that the reassessment would take up to three years.
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