Climate Science Must Become More Transparent Say MPs

Today, the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published its report on the so called ‘Climagate’ scandal, i.e. the accusations that scientists of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia had surpressed and falsified data to make their point of climate change.

The Committee concludes:

Phil Willis MP, Committee Chair, said:

“Climate science is a matter of global importance. On the basis of the science, governments across the world will be spending trillions of pounds on climate change mitigation. The quality of the science therefore has to be irreproachable. What this inquiry revealed was that climate scientists need to take steps to make available all the data that support their work and full methodological workings, including their computer codes. Had both been available, many of the problems at CRU could have been avoided.

First of all, it is important to take note that the Committees task was not to judge the soundness of the science behind the climate change claims, or in its own words (p.  20):

It is outside the remit of the terms of reference of this inquiry to make a detailed
assessment of the science, but it is worth noting that Professor Jones had a very different
perspective.

This reports simply inquires whether the Committee could find any improprieties or manipulations by scientists to massage the data. According to the Committee there were none.
That’s good news. However, it still does not say whether the science behind the global climate change claims is sound and it does also not address the question of whether the global climate change claims are hyped and abused for political purposes by certain circles.

Here is the report:

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