Climate scientists hope independent reviews will reverse public’s loss of trust
An opinion poll this month found the number of people believing climate change is an established fact has fallen from 41% in November to 26%.
According to a story in the Times Online , the two most influential advisory bodies on climate change are planning independent reviews of their research in an attempt to regain public trust after revelations about errors and the suppression of data.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is to appoint an independent team to examine its procedures after admitting having made errors that exaggerated the severity of the impact of global warming.
The Met Office, which supplies the global temperature trends used by the IPCC, has proposed that an international group of scientists re-examine 160 years of temperature data. The Met Office proposal is a tacit admission that its previous reports on such trends have been marred by their reliance on analysis by the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit.
In commentary on " Watts Up With That? ", the author discusses the Met Office tracking temperature readings.
Two separate inquiries are being held into allegations that the unit tried to hide raw data from critics and exaggerated the extent of global warming.
Read the full Times Online story.
The debate rages across the globe. According to " Nick Osborne’s Diary ," this past January was one of the hottest on record.
CSE blogger Michael Ivanovich also chimes in with his take in " Clicking on climate change ."