Well, this should get interesting.The Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain was hacked yesterday, apparently by Russian black hats, and thousands of sensitive documents, including emails from climate scientists dating back a decade, were posted online. [snip]
Officials at Hadley, a leading global-warming research center, have apparently confirmed to an
Australiana Kiwi publication that the documents are genuine.
The whole affair has much of the blogosphere alight. Blogs skeptical of man-made global warming see blood in the water.
Some of the old emails from scientists made public apparently make references to things like “hid[ing] the decline,” referring to global temperature series and different ways to slice and dice climate data.
In all, it seems there are more than 3,000 files in the hacked folders, which have been reposted in various places on the Internet.
The big Copenhagen summit had lost a lot of its appeal in recent days, as world leaders kept dialing down expectations for the climate talks. Maybe this will spice things up.
Wow. Between this and the new ACORN tapes there is a lot of potential to upset a bunch of apple-carts.
But notice that it is Friday, the traditional day for news which is destined to be buried. The Sunday shows are either going to be fireworks or they may just ignore it. It wouldn’t be the first time.
There’s a lot of very lucrative rice bowls at stake here.
Damage control is quick off the mark.
The evidence pointing to a growing human contribution to global warming is so widely accepted that the hacked material is unlikely to erode the overall argument. However, the documents will undoubtedly raise questions about the quality of research on some specific questions and the actions of some scientists.
I don’t understand. How can files showing that the ‘scientists’ fudged the research on AGW NOT erode the theory?