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.So much for the science being settled. No wonder Democrats are backing-away from the IPCC, albeit comically.
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.
The Met Office, which supplies the global temperature trends used by the IPCC, has proposed that an international group of scientists re-examine 160 years of temperature data. The Met Office proposal is a tacit admission that its previous reports on such trends have been marred by their reliance on analysis by the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit.
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.
In a document entitled Proposal for a New International Analysis of Land Surface Air Temperature Data, the Met Office says: "We feel it is timely to propose an international effort to re-analyse surface temperature data in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organisation."
The new analysis would test the conclusion reached by the IPCC that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal".
Monday, March 01, 2010
Climate Change Changes?
As reported in the Times (London):