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Jones must resign – Monbiot

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UK’s leading environmentalist calls for Professor’s resignation

George Monbiot, for long the doyen of UK green activists and environmentalists, has called for the resignation of Professor Phil Jones the man at the centre of the scandal that has hit the University of East Anglia’s Cimate Research Unit (CRU). Monbiot said yesterday:

‘There appears to be evidence of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a Freedom of Information request.

‘Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign. Some of the data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed.’

Whilst many commentators have hung on to Jones’ words regarding “a trick” of adding in temperatures to a series of data going back 20 years few have attached importance to the reason, an apparent decline in temperatures shown in another scientist’s study of tree rings over the same period.

Meanwhile the media has swung into action with more alarmist climate change stories to help bury the bad news from the CRU as world leaders try to hammer out a deal in Copenhagen (most of them flying there of course) the BBC has this story which supports the theory that climate change causes more African wars in warmer years, and this article about a Met Office projection that 2009 could be one of the warmest years on record. Meanwhile at The Express we learn that hundreds of ice bergs are floating away from Antartcia towards New Zealand and that they are a potential hazard for shipping (but apparently Captain James Cook had to navigate around the same problems back in 1773).

Whilst I still remain sceptical about the claimed scientific consensus on global warmimg/climate change it appears that I am little different to the average man or woman in South Shields, in the latest opinion poll for The Times on the heated subject, it was revealed that less than half of us believe that man is to blame for any rise in global temperatures. The scientists and politicians who have campaigned for policy change clearly have a whole lot of convincing to do yet, and they need to be far more open, transparent, and honest with their work if they wish to succeed.

Certainly in the area of “peer review” there needs to be good open honest scrutiny as Mt Eugenides demonstrates over in The Devil’s Kitchen with a very insightful post, may I recommend you to take a read?

There has still been no reaction from South Tyneside’s Green blogging community to what Monbiot has described as a “hard knock” which has left him “dismayed and deeply shaken”.

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Written by curly

November 25, 2009 at 10:56 am

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  1. ‘Still’ no reaction from the green blogging community? You mean like my post at least 10 hours before you posted this?


    November 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm

  2. Curly, I’m still waiting for you to ‘fix’ your data. 😉


    November 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

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