Monday, December 7, 2009

Climate change meeting at Copenhagen

From the ST today. See the highlighted below. What does it tells you? Commercial and political interest of course. Terribly irresponsible. No lack of such people in the world today. From those who passed off fake infant formula to such miscreants here.

Ahead of the summit too, another battle has risen: between scientists and climate change deniers who accuse the former of suppressing findings that fail to support their claim that planet Earth is headed for droughts, rising seas and other calamities because of fumes from factories, vehicles and other human activity.

Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) hit back at the sceptics, saying it stood by its findings. These have been questioned following a row over the reliability of data from the University of East Anglia.

Hacked e-mail exchanges from the university's Climatic Research Unit, a world leader in the field, have prompted the sceptics, from United States congressmen to Saudi officials, to claim that the IPCC's warnings were essentially hot air.

Adding to the furore, a British newspaper has reported that there had been attempts to break into the offices of climate scientist Andrew Weaver, a contributor to the IPCC's work.

An old computer was stolen on one occasion, while on others, some people tried to impersonate technicians in a bid to access data from the Canadian scientist's office, The Observer said yesterday.

Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, vice-chairman of the IPCC, claimed unnamed conspirators could have paid Russian hackers to break into the university computers to steal the e-mails.

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