Hacked global warming e-mails – what's new?
The story of the hacked global warming e-mails continues to unfold with new developments and lots of divergent opinions on what they mean, or don't mean.
When the news broke that "more than 169 megabytes worth of global-warming emails and related files were either hacked and/or leaked from computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Center in Britain and released to the world via the Internet," as the Monitor's Pete Spotts wrote, some reactions were to be expected: Skeptics of global warming were jubilant because they say the e-mails prove that human-caused global warming is false, a fraud perpetrated by scientists.Skip to next paragraph
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Supporters countered that statements from the e-mails were taken out of context.
The Los Angeles Times predicts that after healthcare, Afghanistan, and financial regulatory reform, global warming will be the next partisan divide in the US. Anyone who tries to read some of the thousands of impassioned blog posts on this topic would say that it has already happened.
The New York Times zeroes in on the arrogance shown in the scientists' e-mails.
And in Britain, the Telegraph points out that "Climate change sceptics have been forced to change their own graph showing a decrease in global temperatures after admitting that they got it wrong."
Also in the news about climate change as well as concerned with the e-mails:
-- A trio of climate scientists calls the furor over the hacked e-mails "a smear campaign":
"We're facing an effort by special interests who are trying to confuse the public," said Richard Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a lead author of the UN IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, reports SolveClimate, vai Reuters.