AP on Hacked E-mails: "Science Not Faked, But Not Pretty"

Eli is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

The AP had five reporters pore over the 1073 leaked e-mails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom for weeks and delivered a lengthy report over the weekend. An excerpt states:

[S]cientists harbored private doubts, however slight and fleeting, even as they told the world they were certain about climate change. However, the exchanges don't undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

The scientists were keenly aware of how their work would be viewed and used, and, just like politicians, went to great pains to shape their message. Sometimes, they sounded more like schoolyard taunts than scientific tenets.

The scientists were so convinced by their own science and so driven by a cause "that unless you're with them, you're against them," said Mark Frankel, director of scientific freedom, responsibility and law at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also reviewed the communications.

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