Sunday, May 03, 2009

Everybody Wang Chyung Tonight

A flippant title for a post with disturbing content.

The Scientific Misconduct Blog has posted a fascinating account of allegations of fabricated data and half-hearted investigation of temperature trends in China. At the core of it all is the uncertainty over the extent of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect on temperature measurements. Since most of the recorded temperatures that make up the notional concept of a "global temperature" are measured in urban regions, the UHI is critical to determining whether atmospheric warming is taking place, or simply warming due to urbanization.

Reading the responses below the Watts Up With That posting (where I found the story originally) reinforces the seriousness of the allegation and the implications for the credibility of both the University at Albany and the climate alarmist position. If the planet is not warming, and if data have been fabricated to support that it IS warming, then alarmists have no legs left to stand on. They are not scientists in pursuit of the truth. What, then, are they?

1 comment:

JR said...

Interesting case (and comment thread at WUWT).

”They are not scientists in pursuit of the truth. What, then, are they?”

Good question. Perhaps:
‘Scientists’ in pursuit of a belief?
‘Scientists’ in pursuit of continued funding from organizations in pursuit of an agenda?