IPCC Stands By Science of Climate Change As Denialists Continue To Attempt To Disrupt Discussion of The Science

The consensus view of  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has not been altered by the hacked email. The emails have been greatly distorted by denialists but fail to cast any real doubt on the scientific findings. BBC News reports:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said it was “firmly” standing by findings that a rise in the use of greenhouse gases was a factor.

It was responding to a row over the reliability of data from East Anglia University’s Climatic Research Unit…

In a statement, Professor Thomas Stocker and Professor Qin Dahe, co-chairmen of the IPCC’s working group 1, condemned the act of posting the private e-mails on the internet, but avoided commenting on their content.

They went on to point to a key finding that states: “The warming in the climate system is unequivocal.

“[It] is based on measurements made by many independent institutions worldwide that demonstrate significant changes on land, in the atmosphere, the ocean and in the ice-covered areas of the Earth.

“Through further independent scientific work involving statistical methods and a range of different climate models, these changes have been detected as significant deviations from natural climate variability and have been attributed to the increase of greenhouse gases.”

They added: “The body of evidence is the result of the careful and painstaking work of hundreds of scientists worldwide.

“The internal consistency from multiple lines of evidence strongly supports the work of the scientific community, including those individuals singled out in these e-mail exchanges.”

The row comes ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit which starts on Monday.

Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, vice-chairman of the IPCC, said it was no coincidence the information was released in the run-up to the summit.

He claimed unnamed conspirators could have paid for Russian hackers to break into the university computers to steal the e-mails.

He said the theft was a scandal and was “probably ordered” to disrupt the confidence negotiators have in the science.

Earlier, Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband told the BBC he would be “very surprised” if there had been any wrongdoing on the part of the East Anglia University scientists.

“We’re in a moment when the world is about to make some big political decisions,” he said.

“And there will be people who don’t want the world to make those big decisions and they are trying to use this in part to say somehow this is all in doubt and perhaps we should put the whole thing off.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the scientific evidence was “very clear” and called doubters a “flat Earth group”.

He said: “There is an anti-change group. There is an anti-reform group. There is an anti-science group, there is a flat Earth group, if I may say so, over the scientific evidence for climate change.”

These efforts to disrupt consideration of the science are no longer limited to East Anglia. The Guardian reports on an attempt to break into the offices of Andrew Weaver, a leading climate scientist from the University of Victoria.

In previous posts I have linked to multiple sources which have reviewed the exaggerated claims about the hacked email more thoroughly, including this article from Popular Mechanics.

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