It’s going to take a while for them to cycle through the process, though. As in, more than a week. A lot more than a week.
The Met Office plans to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by leaked e-mails.
The new analysis of the data will take three years, meaning that the Met Office will not be able to state with absolute confidence the extent of the warming trend until the end of 2012.
The Met Office database is one of three main sources of temperature data analysis on which the UN’s main climate change science body relies for its assessment that global warming is a serious danger to the world.
Just in time for Copenhagen, which relied heavily on the climate change data that CRU provided, and can no longer even remotely back up. Meanwhile, the President – who seems to have a real gift at walking into these controversies at the worst possible moment for him – seems determined to use the luster of his name to ensure results at the Copenhagen thing. Personally, I think that it’d be good for the planet, the country, and his political party if the President just dropped the trip entirely. Which he won’t, of course.
Via Q&O, who thinks that they should completely cancel Copenhagen; and Hot Air, who thinks that the British government should stop trying to keep the Met Office from pushing the reset button. And if either actually happens, all three of us will be massively surprised.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.