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Climate science alive and well despite scandals: scientists

Climate science alive and well despite scandals: scientists

Climate science is alive and well despite the scandal of leaked emails in Britain and "glitches" in a report by the U.N. climate change panel, top scientists said Friday.
"There's consensus that action is justified, indeed imperative to reduce the problem of a really serious long-term global effect on the climate," said Lord Martin Rees, president of the British academy of science, the Royal Society.
"My personal take is the key bit of evidence is the rise in CO2 concentration plus simple physics. If we had no data other than that, that would be enough," Rees told reporters at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Climate change sceptics seized on a leak of thousands of emails and other documents from researchers at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain, which appeared to show scientists saying global warming was not as serious as previously thought.
That scandal, dubbed Climategate, came just weeks before U.N. talks on climate change in Copenhagen in December.
Several weeks after the talks, another scandal rocked the world of climate science, when the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was accused of basing a report about ice disappearing from the world's mountain peaks on a student essay and an article in a mountaineering magazine.


Updated : 2021-07-26 12:55 GMT+08:00