RealClimate.org has a good discussion of the recent flap over the emails of many prominent climate change scientists, which were pilfered from a server in England.  It seems the pilferers were also trying to get at  RealClimate.org’s server, as well, and that attack led to discovery of the breach.

As they point out,

… these emails (a presumably careful selection of (possibly edited?) correspondence dating back to 1996 and as recently as Nov 12) are being widely circulated

More interesting is what is not contained in the emails. There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to ‘get rid of the MWP’, no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords.

It’s obvious that the noise-generating components of the blogosphere will generate a lot of noise about this.

No doubt, instances of cherry-picked and poorly-worded “gotcha” phrases will be pulled out of context.

We shall see how this unfolds.

One thing I like about Realclimate.org’s site is the many really good comments (numbering in the 100′s) following their posts.  (EnvironmentMemo prefers, and really enjoys, comments emailed in to us, but wants to stick with its unique news, information and commentary approach, without getting into on-line debating, so direct comments are not part of EnvironmentMemo.)


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