UK Met Office to publish climate change data amid fraud claims – why not put it on a global Wiki for the planet to share?

The Met Office is to release its climate change data after stolen material suggested the case for man-made global warming has been exaggerated – why not publish all of it? – Put it all on the web – this prove is important for everyone on the planet so let everyone see it – put it on a public Wiki like the Wikimedia Foundation has done in facilitating Wikipedia (fifth biggest website in the world) and its many other projects

The Met Office is to publish some of the data it uses to analyse climate change after allegations that researchers have manipulated the evidence supporting manmade global warming. Information collected by more than 1,000 weather stations from across the world would be released next week, a Met Office spokesman said.

The move follows the online publication of emails and other material stolen from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. Climate change sceptics claim the material shows that the evidence to support manmade global warming has been exaggerated. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told BBC Radio 4 yesterday that the claims, dubbed Climategate, were serious and would be looked at “in detail”.

A Met Office spokesman said: “The Met Office does intend to release data from more than 1,000 weather stations. It will be available on our website.” He said the office had “every confidence” in the data, which would show that global temperatures had warmed up over the past 150 years. The Met Office’s database is a main source of analysis for the IPCC.

 Further information may be released at a later date after 188 countries were written to asking for permission to publish historic data. The University of East Anglia has appointed tje Scottish civil servant and former principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Sir Muir Russell, to head an independent review into the email allegations.

 The investigation will look at the leaked email exchanges to see if there is any evidence of manipulation or suppression of data that would call into question the research findings of the centre. The centre’s director, Professor Phil Jones, has said he will stand down from the post while the independent inquiry takes place. The climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, has welcomed the UN’s investigation of the claims but warned against listening to “flat-earthers” who were trying to undermine the science.

 He said sceptics who suggested the Earth was cooling because 1998 was the hottest year on record were wrong, because the past 10 years were the warmest decade on record. The hottest year, 1998, coincided with natural warming effects of a strong El Nino weather pattern.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/05/met-office-publish-climate-data

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