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Open Science and climategate: The IPCC/CRU needs to take a leaf out of CERN's Book

Dec 23, 2009, 08:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Richmond)

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"This is not the place to debate the immense subject of climate science but it is necessary to say something about “climategate” in order to explain what happens when scientists and politicians collude to distort, hide and even destroy critical (raw) data and methodologies which, unlike the output of CERN, have absolutely colossal financial implications for every man, woman and child on this planet.

"Last Year, when CERN was on the eve of launching the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) I wrote an article about how they used free and open source software and applied the philosophy of making their data and experiments, journals, etc freely available. I write this article on the first day of a two-week jamboree (sorry, conference) taking place in Copenhagen on “global warming”, a conference which might never have come about if its evangelical camp followers had adhered to the principles and practices of conducting scientific research in an open and free manner. In short, they needed to imitate their colleagues at CERN. Of course, they won’t. The scientists and politicians have simply invested too much time, money, pride and reputation to back down now. The loss of face and the humility and integrity required to admit error would be psychologically unbearable. They would implode. But here is why the IPCC and the CRU at the University of East Anglia should have done so."

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