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Wednesday
Nov032010

I agree with Bob!

Bob Ward calls for transparency in an opinion piece in Weather magazine (not online):

Climate researchers will have to be open to scrutiny by both their allies and their critics. The guiding principle for future communications by climate researchers should be to serve the public interest, to provide citizens and their representatives with the information they need and an understanding of the options available so that they can make informed choices and decisions.

Unfortunately he doesn't tell us whether climate PR people are also going to turn over a new leaf too.

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Reader Comments (5)

This is off topic, but what is the latest in the Wegman copygate/plagiarism situation?

Nov 3, 2010 at 8:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterMescalero

something about leopards and spots comes to mind.

Nov 3, 2010 at 9:05 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

Perhaps he’s begun to realise that it’s not a PR coup to argue with sceptics who are mainly calling for better procedures, reliable record keeping, more openness and honesty. His next move will be to claim that they have now corrected any accidental secrecy and the sceptics can’t recognise honesty when a consensus scientist shows them it on a graph.

Nov 3, 2010 at 9:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Dear Bob Ward

You state:

'The guiding principle for future communications by climate researchers should be to serve the public interest, to provide citizens and their representatives with the information they need and an understanding of the options available so that they can make informed choices and decisions'

Surely that should have been their guiding principle for the last twenty or thirty years!! If not then

a. Why not?
b. What was it instead?
c. What have been the consequences of your answers to a. and b. above to public discourse and political action?

You are allowed to incriminate yourself or colleagues in your answers to any or all parts.

Nov 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Well bugger me....I didn't realise Royal Mail was that quick!

Nov 3, 2010 at 9:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

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