A British panel investigating allegations that several scientists studying climate change had massaged their data to prop up global warming claims has largely cleared them of those charges — news that’s bound to get climate change naysayers all hot under the collar. –KA

The New York Times:

But the panel also rebuked the scientists for several aspects of their behavior, especially their reluctance to release computer files backing up their scientific work. And it declared that a … graph they produced in 1999 about climate in the past was “misleading” and should have contained caveats.

The researcher at the center of the flap, Phil Jones, a leading climatologist who had temporarily stepped down from his position at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia pending the results of the inquiry, was immediately reinstated to a job resembling his old one. The university solicited and paid for the new report.

The Climatic Research Unit, often referred to as CRU, has played a leading role in efforts to understand Earth’s past climate. Embarrassing e-mail messages sent by Dr. Jones and other scientists were purloined from a computer at the university in November and posted to the Internet. The e-mail messages led to a deluge of accusations from climate-change skeptics.

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