A major investigation — the latest and most-detailed yet — concludes e-mail messages taken from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia show no evidence of scientific misconduct, NPR's Richard Harris reports.
The Independent Climate Change E-m@il Review, chaired by Sir Muir Russell, determined the "honesty and rigour of CRU as scientists are not in doubt," and they "have not found any evidence of behaviour that might undermine the conclusions of the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] assessments" — that the planet is warming and humans are largely responsible.
According to The Guardian, the scientists "did not subvert the peer review process to censor criticism as alleged, the panel found, while key data needed to reproduce their findings was freely available to any 'competent' researcher."
The review did find that they should have been more willing to share their data, Harris says. Even if they felt besieged by bloggers who demanded their data in order to attack them, they still had an obligation under British freedom of information laws to make that information available.
Skeptics used the emails to whip-up doubt about global warming.