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I know everyone's pretty sick of hearing about the hacked emails--believe you me, I am too. But I felt that the issue was creating enough confusion that the point needed to be driven home: these emails reflect some bad behavior by a few scientists, but reflect nothing on the overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is occurring, and is caused by man. But don't take it from me--here it from the scientific community firsthand. They've just held a press conference setting the record straight, where the scientists involved answer the questions raised by the event themselves.Respected climate blogger Joe Romm held a press conference and invited the scientists whose emails were hacked, as well as other luminaries from the field. The exclusive audio of the event can be found over at Climate Progress. It's well worth listening to, especially if you've formed an opinion on climate change that's in any way based on these recent events. They discuss the event in question, what it means for climate science, discuss the peer-review process, and explain some of the more contentious emails. It's nice to hear the scientists answer some of the most-repeated questions themselves.
Here's more about the event, via Climate Progress: Memo to Climate Science community: When illegal email hackers give you lemons, make some lemonade.
In a Physics World article, "Publicize or perish," I pointed out "The scientific community is failing miserably in communicating the potential catastrophe of climate change." Of course, that isn't entirely the scientific community's fault. The media -- especially senior editors who decide what stories to pursue -- tend to take the view that they covered climate science back in 2007 with the IPCC report, so it's been hard to get the media interested in another story on climate science. Well, now they are very interested.
For that reason, I helped organize a press call today for with three leading climate scientists:
- Professor Michael Mann, Director of the Penn State's Earth Systems Science Center, author of more than 120 studies in professional journals and a new book, Dire Predictions.
- Dr. Gavin Schmidt, climate modeler at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He is the author of more than 60 studies, and author of Climate change: Picturing the Science.
- Professor Michael Oppenheimer, Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton. He has authored more than 100 articles
Again, the audio can be found at Climate Progress.
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