A British panel issued a sweeping exoneration on Wednesday of scientists caught up in the controversy known as Climategate, saying it found no evidence that they had manipulated their research to support preconceived ideas about global warming.Unfortunately, "climate-gate" is already old news, and popular media never pays attention to follow-ups like these. Essentially everyone that was made more skeptical by that whole pseudo-scandal will probably continue to believe that it meant something, never seeing, or perhaps seeing but not believing, that no dishonesty actually took place.The Russell panel also found little reason to question the advice the scientists had given to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body that produces a major review of the science of global warming every few years. The new report said that “we did not find any evidence of behavior that might undermine the conclusions of the I.P.C.C. assessments.”
The review was the fifth to come to essentially the same conclusion about the e-mail messages sent by Dr. Jones and other scientists, though it was the most comprehensive and eagerly awaited of the investigations. Last week the second of two reviews at Pennsylvania State University exonerated Michael Mann, a scientist there who had also been a focus of the controversy.
British Panel Clears Climate Scientists.