The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth About Global Warming

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The real story behind the leaking of climate change emails at the University of East Anglia—the biggest scandal to hit global warming science in years

One of the world's leading writers on climate change tells the inside story of the events leading up to the much-publicized theft of climate-change related emails. He explores the personalities involved, the feuds and disagreements at the heart of climate science, and the implications the scandal has for the ...

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Overview

The real story behind the leaking of climate change emails at the University of East Anglia—the biggest scandal to hit global warming science in years

One of the world's leading writers on climate change tells the inside story of the events leading up to the much-publicized theft of climate-change related emails. He explores the personalities involved, the feuds and disagreements at the heart of climate science, and the implications the scandal has for the future. In November 2009 it emerged that thousands of documents and emails had been stolen from one of the top climate science centers in the world. The emails appeared to reveal that scientists had twisted research in order to strengthen the case for global warming. With the UN's climate summit in Copenhagen just days away, the hack could not have happened at a worse time for climate researchers, or at a better time for climate skeptics. Although the scandal caused a media frenzy, the fact is that just about everything the public heard and read about the University of East Anglia emails is wrong. They are not, as some have claimed, the smoking gun for a great global warming hoax, nor do they reveal a sinister conspiracy by scientists to fabricate global warming data. They do, however, raise deeply disturbing questions about the way climate science is conducted, about researchers' preparedness to block access to climate data and downplay flaws in their data, and about the siege mentality and scientific tribalism at the heart of the most important international issue of the age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780852652299
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Pearce has reported on environment, science, and development issues from 64 countries over the past 20 years. Trained as a geographer, he has been environment consultant of New Scientist magazine since 1992, has written for such publications as Audubon, Foreign Policy, Popular Science, Seed, and Time, and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian, and recently published a 12-part investigation of the University of East Anglia "climategate" emails affair. His books include The Coming Population Crash, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, Earth: Then and Now, When the Rivers Run Dry, and With Speed and Violence.

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Table of Contents

Cast of characters vii

Introduction: Windows on a closed world 1

Part 1 Hotting up

Chapter 1 Two tribes go to war 11

Chapter 2 In the freezer 23

Chapter 3 The secret origins of the IPCC 33

Chapter 4 Playing hockey with climates past 41

Chapter 5 The Yamal tree ring "virus" 53

Chapter 6 Urban heat and a Chinese riddle 63

Part 2 The human element

Chapter 7 Scientists in the firing line 79

Chapter 8 Breaking the hockey stick 89

Chapter 9 Discerning the hand of man 103

Chapter 10 Satellites, stats and bogeyman Santer 113

Chapter 11 Silencing critics 125

Chapter 12 Free the data 143

Part 3 A perfect storm

Chapter 13 The search for the hacker 161

Chapter 14 Tricks and lies 173

Chapter 15 A public disaster 179

Chapter 16 Avalanche at the IPCC 193

Chapter 17 The inquiries 211

Chapter 18 Bonfire of the scientific vanities 223

Chapter 19 Saving the science 235

Notes on sources 245

Acknowledgments 265

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