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East Anglia reabilitada

Posted in notas ao café by JN on Julho 13, 2010


Steve Breen, «The San Diego Union-Tribune»

Relatórios de comissões independentes destinadas a apurar o que aconteceu com o chamado “Climategate” — que surgiu com a divulgação de vários e-mails trocados entre os cientistas de Universidade de East Anglia — não encontraram qualquer tipo de tentativa de manipulação de dados por parte dos investigadores como tinham sido acusados, nem colocou em causa a teoria do aquecimento global do planeta. No entanto, os relatórios apontam que os investigadores agiram de uma forma pouco profissional às crítica de que foram alvo pelos seus resultados obtidos, mesmo quando confrontados com resultados contraditórios, e acusam-nos de falta de alguma falta de transparência.

Escreve a The Economist:

[…] The Russell report is thorough, but it will not satisfy all the critics. Nor does it, in some ways, fulfil its remit. One of the enduring mysteries of climategate is who chose the e-mails released onto the internet and why they did so. These e-mails represented just 0.3% of the material on the university’s backup server, from which they were taken. This larger content has still not really been explored.

And then there is the science. An earlier report on climategate from the House of Commons assumed that a subsequent probe by a panel under Lord Oxburgh, a former academic and chairman of Shell, would deal with the science. The Oxburgh report, though, sought to show only that the science was not fraudulent or systematically flawed, not that it was actually reliable. And nor did Sir Muir, with this third report, think judging the science was his job. So, for verdicts as to whether the way that tree-rings from the Yamal peninsula in Siberia were treated by the CRU produced good results, those following the affair will have to look for future developments in journals and elsewhere. The mode of production has been found acceptable, but the product is for others to judge. Science, in the normal run of things, should do that; and if it does so in a more open, blogosphere-inclusive way some good will have come of the affair.


Angel Boligan, «El Universal»

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