Ah, it's so satisfying to be proven correct. Especially when it's global warming deniers who are being proven wrong.
Back in November I said, based on obvious evidence, that the hacked emails from a climate research center at the University of East Anglia would prove to be a big bunch of nothing.
Indeed, an independent examination of the emails showed no fraudulent actions by the researchers.
Since global warming is real, this is to be expected. What reason would there be for a researcher to make up fake facts when there are so many true ones?
Now, another nail in the coffin of global warming skeptics has been pounded. Michael Mann, one of the scientists whose emails were stolen, has been almost entirely cleared of scientific misconduct.
In some of the e-mail messages, Dr. Mann refers to his assembly of data from a number of different sources, including ancient tree rings and earth core samples, as a “trick.” Critics pounced on the term and said it was evidence that Dr. Mann and other scientists had manipulated temperature data to support their conclusions.
But the Penn State inquiry board said the term “trick” is used by scientists and mathematicians to refer to an insight that solves a problem. “The so-called ‘trick’ was nothing more than a statistical method used to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion by a technique that has been reviewed by a broad array of peers in the field,” the panel said.
The e-mail messages also contained suggestions that Dr. Mann had purposely hidden or destroyed e-mail messages and other information relating to a United Nations climate change report to prevent other scientists from reviewing them. Dr. Mann produced the material in question, and the Penn State board cleared him of the charge.
There were also questions of whether Dr. Mann misused confidential data and engaged in a conspiracy with like-minded scientists to withhold information from competing scholars. The Penn State board found nothing to support the charge.
Mann played a key role in developing the "hockey stick" graph that used the historic data alluded to in the above quotes from a New York Times story.
Now that graph, and Mann, have been vindicated.
The figure above is a version that shows the Arctic temperature trend over the past two thousand years. Message: human-caused global warming is overwhelming a natural cooling trend.
However, on one climate change issue I have to disagree with the otherwise right-on Climate Progress bloggers.
They're upset with the 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for featuring supermodels cavorting in the Maldives, which could be inundated by an expected sea level rise.
Being scientifically minded, and wanting to do my own research, I watched the entire promotional video for the swimsuit issue. It looks fine to me. Real fine.