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Russell report claims scientists didn't fudge data; climate change skeptic disagrees

Though the latest released report has cleared the scientists of all allegations, climate change skeptic Jeff Id is still unconvinced and believes that scientists did distort data to prove their theory that humans are responsible for global warming.

A sigh of relief for the scientists at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia! Clearing the climate change scientists of allegations that they manipulated data to promote their theory that global warming is man-made, a new reports states that they did not fake the results.

The scientists at the British University were the centre of attack after hundreds of emails hacked from the scientific establishment and posted online November last year showed correspondence between prominent researchers in fudging the climate change data.

Though the scientist came forward and defended their research, the hacked emails eroded public's confidence in the IPCC, thus triggering an inquiry to investigate the climate change e-mail controversy .

After reviewing the matter for nearly six months, the investigation led by Muir Russell, senior civil servant, has shelved all the accusations, concluding that "their rigour and honesty as scientists are not in doubt".

We have not found any evidence of behaviour that might undermine the conclusions of the IPCC assessments," reads the report.

Practice methods criticized
The climate change researchers have been cleared of all allegations but they have been criticized for their practice methods.

The review panel asserted that the scientists at Climate Research Unit have faced pressure for failing to adequately deal with the requests from people outside the scientific community, thus labeling them "unhelpful and defensive."

“Despite the fact that they [Muir Russell report] somehow managed to conclude that ‘hide the decline’ and the endless discussions of the intent to make the story consistent in the emails, did not constitute ‘hide the decline’,” wrote the climate change skeptic on his blog The Air Vent, which carried the link to FTP link where the hacked emails were published.

It even added that the establishment might have even deleted the e-mails to make them unavailable and that there was "a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness.”

'Hide the decline' hided-- Jeff Id
Though the latest released report has cleared the scientists of all allegations, climate change skeptic Jeff Id, whose blog carried link to hack emails, is still unconvinced and believes that scientists did distort data to prove their theory that humans are responsible for global warming.

“Despite the fact that they [Muir Russell report] somehow managed to conclude that ‘hide the decline’ and the endless discussions of the intent to make the story consistent in the emails, did not constitute ‘hide the decline’,” wrote the climate change skeptic on his blog The Air Vent, which carried the link to FTP link where the hacked emails were published.

Concluding his argument, Jeff Id reiterated that the scientists were constantly under pressure to “present a tidy story” and they did try to come up with “a self consistent story from otherwise ‘ridiculously’ bad data and methods.”

Though they were not sure about the data they used, “They somehow divine from this – the warmest temperatures in a thousand years!! But Muir Russell saw nothing wrong. Hide the….?"

Emails highlighting manipulation
Bringing to light the climate change issue again, Jeff Id quoted the email sent by Professor Phil Jones, director, Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the British university, on Nov. 19 1999 that states:

“I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”

Another email by Jones, dated Aug. 11, 2000 states, “Recent paleo doesn’t show warming,” adding, “It is possible to add the instrumental series on from about 1980 (Mike sought of did this in his Nature article to say 1998 was the warmest of the millennium – and I did something similar in Rev. Geophys.”

He added that the scientists claim that they did not delete the e-mails, contrary to the “claim that they had done so in the climategate files,” a large chunk of information is missing. This information might have exactly indicated when 'hide the decline' happened.