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THE QUESTION

Is climate science trustworthy?

Recently, a U.N. scientific report was found to have included a false conclusion about the melting of Himalayan glaciers. That followed the release of stolen e-mails last year, which showed climate scientists commiserating over problems with their data. Is there a broader meaning in these two incidents, and should they cause the public to be more skeptical about the underlying science of climate change?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on January 28, 2010 9:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

'Fountains of life'

Whether our health or the health of our planet, the best we can do is to go with what we know at the time.

Posted by Rick Edmund, on January 30, 2010 8:51 AM

Rapidly melting credibility

You can't call them isolated incidents now that they are coming in droves. It is clear that global warming science has been hijacked by a subset of researchers who have crossed the line into advocacy and alarmism.

Posted by Ben Lieberman, on January 29, 2010 12:11 PM

A matter of when not if

Don't be confused, the significance of the stolen e-mails and the overstatement of the rapidity of melting of Himalayan glaciers is being overhyped.

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on January 27, 2010 9:14 AM

Time to put an end to the IPCC

The time has come to close the book on the IPCC and say Rest In Peace. It has become a tool for affirmation of climate orthodoxy instead of a vehicle to assess reality.

Posted by William O'Keefe, on January 27, 2010 7:02 AM

A focus on the data

There is little doubt that the current public perception of climate change science is one of disarray and uncertainty. What appeared solid as recently as mid-2009 has been hit hard from all sides by a series of events.

Posted by David Hone, on January 27, 2010 6:46 AM

Imagine Darwin on the Internet

Imagine Darwin's correspondence on the Internet. And imagine the reaction of talk radio hosts. Replace the interests of the more backward international corporations with the reaction of fundamentalist religion. Does it begin to look familiar?

Posted by David F. Hales, on January 26, 2010 9:44 PM

Dust in the Air

Climate science is as complex and intricate as the world itself. It combines findings from many different disciplines that study the Earth's water, land and air.

Posted by Reid Detchon, on January 26, 2010 9:06 PM

Science is a work in progress, but well supported

The broader meaning is that any enterprise involving thousands of individuals will include people of various qualities and attributes. There will be some who are kind-hearted and wholly transparent, and others who are spiteful and secretive.

Posted by Bernard Finel, on January 25, 2010 3:27 PM

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