UK Investigation Largely Clears ‘Climategate’ Scientists

The UK is conducting several investigations into the Climategate nontroversy, and the first one has now reported; the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee has vindicated the scientists of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit of the most serious charges, that they exaggerated or tampered with climatic research data.

The first of several British investigations into the e-mails leaked from one of the world’s leading climate research centers has largely vindicated the scientists involved.

The House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee said Wednesday that they’d seen no evidence to support charges that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit or its director, Phil Jones, had tampered with data or perverted the peer review process to exaggerate the threat of global warming — two of the most serious criticisms levied against the climatologist and his colleagues.

In their report, the committee said that, as far as it was able to ascertain, “the scientific reputation of Professor Jones and CRU remains intact,” adding that nothing in the more than 1,000 stolen e-mails, or the controversy kicked up by their publication, challenged scientific consensus that “global warming is happening and that it is induced by human activity.”

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