We found this story yesterday when we were preparing to blog about yesterday's NZ Herald editorial, and it's damning. UK's Guardian online edition has published a most interesting story which begins thus:
It is difficult to imagine a more bizarre academic dispute. Where exactly are 42 weather monitoring stations in remote parts of rural China?
But the argument over the weather stations, and how it affects an important set of data on global warming, has led to accusations of scientific fraud and may yet result in a significant revision of a scientific paper that is still cited by the UN's top climate science body.
It also further calls into question the integrity of the scientist at the centre of the scandal over hacked climate emails, the director of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), Dr Phil Jones. The emails suggest that he helped to cover up flaws in temperature data from China that underpinned his research on the strength of recent global warming.
The Guardian has learned that crucial data obtained by American scientists from Chinese collaborators cannot be verified because documents containing them no longer exist. And what data is available suggests that the findings are fundamentally flawed.
This article is well worth the investment of a few minutes of your time, in our ever-humble opinion. It's little wonder that the reputations of Phil Jones and his cronies, and that of the IPCC are becoming more tattered by the day.
We fervently hope that someone close to the Prime Minister is watching this fraud unravel as closely as the inhabitants of the blogosphere are. Sadly though, we don't have great confidence in that ...
UPDATE: Leighton Smith is interviewing John Key after 10am on Newstalk ZB. He has mentioned several times that many of the questions sent in by listeners are about climate change. It could well be worth a listen.