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Environment

Hunkering Down

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I do feel bad for Phil Jones, the scientist caught in the maw of climategate. It's obviously taken an enormous personal toll on him. But he appears to still be in the same bunker that got him in trouble in the first place. He comes off fairly defensive in this interview with Olive Heffernan in Nature. Here's just one of the passages that is bound to raise eyebrows:

But he fears that the aftermath of the climategate affair is undermining the integrity of the scientific review process. "I don't think we should be taking much notice of what's on blogs because they seem to be hijacking the peer-review process," says Jones.

That's probably not a smart thing to say, given he's the guy who wrote this (in one of those infamous emails) to Michael Mann:

I can't see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin [Trenberth] and I will keep them out somehow "” even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!

Here's the kicker in Olive's interview:

It is now essential for climate researchers to stand up for their science, he says. "[I'd] like to see the climate science community supporting the climate science more. Lots of them are trying but they're being drowned out."

By who? Those very same bloggers, I presume.

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