Prepare for another round of “climategate,” misinformation and distortion of climate change news. This time conservative news media, denier organisations and bloggers will be concentrating on the current inquiries taking place in the UK. These will be considering issues related to the illegal hacking and release of emails from the Climate Research Unit and the University of East Anglia. One of these is the Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament inquiry which hears oral submissions this week.
Already we have seen some selective and biased reporting of written submissions and I am sure this will continue. However, there are important issues at stake to do with freedom of information (FOI), harassment of scientists and the responsibility of those making freedom of information requests or using publicly available data. I hope the inquiries will deal with the underlying principles as well as making determinations on the specific cases considered.
Clearly many of the FOI requests made to the CRU were malicious. The UEA submissions says:
“In July 2009 UEA received an unprecedented, and frankly administratively overwhelming, deluge of FOIA requests related to CRU. These amounted to 61 requests out of a 2009 total of 107 related to CRU, compared to annual totals of 2 in 2008 and 4 in 2007 (University totals for those years were 204, 72 and 44 respectively).”
I wonder if the requesters were building up to something?
(Graphics thanks to Going on a Bear Hunt).
Posted in Environment and Ecology, Science, Science and Society
Tagged ACT New Zealand, Add new tag, climate change, Climate Science Coalition, Environment, Freedom of Information Act, global warming, New Zealand, peer review, Right-wing politics, University of East Anglia
The Lippard Blog has an interesting analysis of Who are the climate change skeptics? In this he identifies links of many of the sceptics with several right wing think tanks like The Heartland Institute and George C. Marshal Institute. One could do a similar analysis of our local climate sceptics and deniers. Some of them seem to be linked with the right wing NZ Centre for Politcal Research, the ACT Party and Conservative Christian organisations and blogs. Have a look at the discussion New Zealand’s “CLIMATEGATE”! on the Centre for Political Research forum. Obviously conspiracy theorists tend to congregate in these areas.
Posted in diversity, Environment and Ecology, New Zealand, Science
Tagged climate change, conspiracy theory, consultants, Environment, global warming, New Zealand, peer review, retired scientist, retirement, Right-wing politics, Scientific community
Some anarchically-inclined friends of mine use to say that about general elections. “Don’t vote for politicians – it only encourages them.” It’s not usually a convincing argument for me – but when it comes to this “child discipline” referendum I think it is the only sensible advice.
So, New Zealanders can vote from the end of next month on the proposition: “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?”
Posted in Bible, child abuse, Christianity, creationism, culture, diversity, faith, god, human rights, intelligent design, New Zealand, religion, slavery, supernatural, superstition
Tagged Activism, child smacking, childe discipline, climate change, Right-wing politics, section 59