- Post 24 July 2012
- By Copy Editor
LONDON (The Blaze/AP) — After a three-year investigation, it appears the perpetrators of the so called “Climategate” will not be charged — because they can’t be found. On Wednesday, British police have closed their investigation into the theft of hundreds of climate science emails published to the Web.
The theft caught researchers at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit discussing ways to dodge right-to-know requests, keep opponents’ research out of peer-reviewed journals, and destroy data. The unguarded and occasionally unprofessional messages dented the reputation of several researchers and provided ammunition to skeptics, many of whom seized on the documents to claim that the threat of global warming was being hyped.
Several overlapping inquiries are believed to have vindicated the researchers’ science, but the furor over Climategate dominated debate in the run-up to the crucial 2009 U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark. Those talks ended in failure, and world leaders are still struggling to agree a plan to impose caps on the emission of greenhouse gasses blamed for rising temperatures and melting ice caps. A second leak, published to the Internet in 2011, came a week before similar climate talks in Durban, South Africa. ...continues...