Saturday, May 5, 2007

“Immoral” climate research?

Lawrence Solomon’s column "The Deniers: Part XXI" in yesterday’s National Post focuses on Polish scientist Dr. Zbigniew Jaworowski, whose research proved a key IPCC assumption false: [Emphasis mine]

"The IPCC relies on ice-core data -- on air that has been trapped for hundreds or thousands of years deep below the surface," Dr. Jaworowski explains.

"These ice cores are a foundation of the global warming hypothesis, but the foundation is groundless -- the IPCC has based its global-warming hypothesis on arbitrary assumptions and these assumptions, it is now clear, are false."

While Dr. Jaworowski’s work is extremely important, the results aren’t that surprising. What is more surprising, shocking really, is that there was an organized effort to suppress his research on the grounds that it is "immoral" to do research that might contradict a preferred hypothesis:

" 1994 Dr. Jaworowski, together with a team from the Norwegian Institute for Energy Technics, proposed a research project on the reliability of trace-gas determinations in the polar ice. The prospective sponsors of the research refused to fund it, claiming the research would be "immoral" if it served to undermine the foundations of climate research."

"Several years earlier, in a peer-reviewed article ...Dr. Jaworowski criticized the methods by which CO2 levels were ascertained from ice cores, and cast doubt on the global-warming hypothesis. The institute's director, while agreeing to publish his article, also warned Dr. Jaworowski that "this is not the way one gets research projects." Once published, the institute came under fire .... Although none of the critics faulted Dr. Jaworowski's science, the institute nevertheless fired him to maintain its access to funding."

If there’s any "immoral" or unethical behaviour here it was on the part of those who, for political and financial reasons, attempted to suppress legitimate scientific inquiry.

How much more proof do we need that UN IPCC sponsored science, like many UN endeavours, is hopelessly politicized and corrupted?

Update: For a very comprehensive discussion on this issue see the article by Dr. Jaworowski "CO2: The Greatest Scientific Scandal of Our Time" published in the journal EIR, March 16, 2007. This article was apparently the basis for Lawrence Solomon's column. Credit for finding it goes to Bill at A Dog Named Kyoto where there's an excellent summary and commentary. As Bill says, read the whole thing - it's worth the effort. It's an absolutely scathing indictment of the IPCC and all its hangers-on.


Bill said...

CO2: The Greatest Scientific Scandal of Our Time by Zbigniew Jaworowski, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.

Thanks for posting about Lawrence Solomon's latest installment of The Deniers.

Canadi-anna said...

Those in the media who are pushing the climate change agenda don't report this sort of thing.
When they get bored with the climate change/global warming stuff, I wonder what it will be next.

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