(Source: Newsbusters)
University hopes conspiracies will end

An inquiry launched by the University of East Anglia in eastern England has confirmed that the e-mails stolen from its Climatic Research Unit revealed no evidence that the case for human-affected global warming is false.

"Climategate," as this controversy has been called, started in November 2009 when hackers broke into the university's climate research unit's system and leaked thousands of e-mails and other documents onto the Internet. Through review of the leaked e-mails, climate change skeptics have accused the research unit of misconduct, saying that they've withheld scientific information, deleted and/or manipulated raw data to make the case for global warming seem stronger than it really is, and interfered with the peer-review process to prevent those who disagree with the case of global warming from publishing scientific research.

A previous investigation in April concluded that there was no malpractice, and on Wednesday, after the third investigation was led by former civil servant Muir Russell, it was decided that the e-mails contained no proof that would ruin the case for manmade global warming. Also, Russell's defense of the Climatic Research Unit noted that e-mails "put forward" by the United Nations'Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) did not contain anything that would undermine the concept of human-caused global warming either.

Words in the e-mails like "hide the decline" and "trick" were what set the skeptics off and push them to voice concerns all over blogs and other forms of media. But the report said "hide the decline" was just misleading and the word "trick" was possibly shorthand for a significant mathematical approach to a problem.

But the scientists were also criticized for not responding to questions about climate change data openly under Britain's freedom of information laws. 

"Their rigor and honesty as scientists are not in doubt," the report said. "We did not find any evidence of behavior that might undermine the conclusions of the IPCC. 

"We found a tendency to answer the wrong question or to give a partial answer."

Edward Acton, the university's vice chancellor, was pleased with the inquiry's findings and hopes it ends any remaining "conspiracy theories and untruths" being passed around the Internet and in the media. Police are continuing to search for the hackers who leaked the e-mails.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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