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UK Report: Time to 'Move On' from Climategate

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A new report by a U.K. House of Commons committee maintains "some reservations" about previous investigations into "Climategate," the leaking of thousands of e-mails between climate researchers. Despite these reservations, the committee recommends moving on from the scandal.

In November 2009, a hacker accessed a University of East Anglia server containing thousands of e-mails and documents from the university's Climatic Research Institute. Global warming skeptics claimed the e-mails revealed a cover-up of data that conflicted with research showing the Earth is warming.

A number of investigations were launched, including two independent reviews set up by the university: the Independent Climate Change E-mails Review (ICCER) and the independent Scientific Appraisal Panel (SAP). The investigations cleared the researchers involved with the e-mails of scientific misconduct, and found no evidence of a cover-up.

Now, the new parliamentary review, available on the committee's website, took on the ICCER and the SAP to evaluate the two reviews' findings. The committee found that the SAP could have been more transparent. The ICCER was more open, the committee reported, but did not satisfactorily investigate allegations that some e-mails had been deleted.

"While we have some reservations about the reviews which UEA commissioned, the key point is that they have made a number of constructive recommendations," the report concluded. "In our view it is time to make the changes and improvements recommended and with greater openness and transparency move on."

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Stephanie Pappas
Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.