Climate change data dumped – Times Online

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.

As I’ve written about before I’m skeptical about the validity and urgency of the global warming debate (but am all for responsible environmental stewardship and legislation that calls for it!). This article solidifies that skepticism as valid (along with the 1000s of hacked emails released in the past few weeks). It’s amazing what was done in the name of “science” to push a few pet theories. Perhaps these new revelations will allow us to move beyond the polarizing “global warming” debates into healthy talks about what environmental stewardship is (preserving the rainforests, for example) and is not (sacrificing the aforementioned rainforests at the altar of the almighty dollar).

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