• University Says Cuccinelli Subpoena A Sweeping Demand That Imperils Academia

    • Date: 30/06/10

    The University of Virginia told a court today that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s request for information about a former university scientist is so sweeping that it bears no relevance to an investigation of whether the scientist violated a Virginia fraud statute Cuccinelli used to issue the demand. Instead, they accuse Cuccinelli of pursuing an ideological […]

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  • Climategate And The EPA Endangerment Finding

    • Date: 21/06/10

    While considerable attention has been paid by me and others to the cozy UK “inquiries”, Climategate is featuring prominently in another not-so-cozy forum in the US, though the connection has not been articulated to a larger audience. A June 18 article in the New York Times reports: Three judges issued an order (pdf) Wednesday that […]

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  • Attorney General: Mann’s Academic Freedom Not Threatened

    • Date: 18/06/10

    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told a judge that his request for documents related to the work of former University of Virginia climate scientist Michael Mann should be granted because neither academic freedom nor the First Amendment “immunizes” a person from a fraud investigation. The university has petitioned a judge to set aside Cuccinelli’s […]

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  • Open Data In Climate Research?

    • Date: 15/06/10

    Yesterday evening I went to a discussion at the Royal Institution. I’ll first give the abstract of the occasion and then my motivation and conclusions. Please read what I write very carefully, because I am not commenting on the primary science – I am commenting on how the science and its conclusions are, or are […]

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  • Climategate: If The Science Is Solid, Why Stoop?

    • Date: 14/06/10

    I must preface my remarks by saying that I believe that there has indeed been climate warming over the past few decades and I believe that human action may be one of the causes. While Climategatemay bring into greater question some of the work underlying climate warming, it decidedly does not disprove it. Having said […]

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  • Has Royal Society Misled The Public?

    • Date: 11/06/10

    The Oxburgh “report” said that the eleven “representative” publications that it reviewed had been “selected on the advice of the Royal Society”. The eleven articles were so implausible a representation that it seemed scarcely credible that they could have been selected by any person with any expertise in the field. I asked the Royal Society […]

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  • Phishing, Bribery and Falsification: Combating the Complexities of Carbon Fraud

    • Date: 10/06/10

    Early this year, a group of rogue traders took advantage both of lax Internet security and Europe’s burgeoning carbon trading system to steal as much as $4 million. The crooks, posing as regulators, set up a fake but official-looking website, and used it to obtain carbon trading account information from companies and traders who thought […]

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  • How Consensus Science Is Funded

    • Date: 09/06/10

    Scientists at Europe’s leading research universities have expressed concern over the growing trend towards linking EU funding with pre-defined outcomes. Researchers fear political priorities will curb their scope for creativity and free thinking. EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has pledged to simplify European funding programmes and proposed asking scientists to meet […]

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