Earlier this month a server with information from the world’s leading researchers having to do with Anthropogenic Global Warming was hacked at the UK’s East Anglia University. More than 1000 documents appeared on the web at various websites; for some they paint a rather damning picture of the real potential for global warming to be of concern, as they appear to illustrate manipulation of data in favor of GW proponents. On the other hand, those who support AGW say that reading all the emails, transcriptions, and other details released only proves that the British researchers in question are on top of their game. Others are dismissive entirely of the claims, and say the data that was hacked and subsequently released has little bearing on the reality of global warming and its implications.
My own analysis is, at present, a continued effort, as more information (including testimony from some of the researchers involved) continues to stream forth. Peripherally, the most devastating information in the transcripts appears to indicate that several of the researchers corresponding back and forth via email were warning one another to delete previous exchanges from their inboxes, as such correspondences might later be requested in conjunction with the British Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA). At very least, it appears that these communications did take place (as at least one of the emails being referenced has been acknowledged for its authenticity by the University), and that some less than savory actions were intended.
As this “Climategate” story continues to unfold, I’ve linked some of the relevant articles appearing online below, so that Gralien Report readers can draw their own conclusions.