A potentially beautiful scene looks ominous when covered in fog and shadow. “Climategate” reveals a similar phenomenon regarding climate data.
The revelation last November that scientists associated
with the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia hid or
destroyed research data and shunned dissenters among their ranks continues to
generate controversy. Leaked CRU e-mails from the past decade display what
MichiganScience believes is a teachable moment for science students — most
notably, how the failure to follow the basic principles of science can result
in unsound theories rather than open debate. MichiganScience assembled a distinguished
panel to discuss the Climategate scandal and what it means for the future of
scientific inquiry, reporting and education.