The Guardian is creating a public document letting anyone who wants, anonymously or not, edit it.
In a unique experiment, The Guardian has published online the full manuscript of its major investigation into the climate science emails stolen from the University of East Anglia, which revealed apparent attempts to cover up flawed data; moves to prevent access to climate data; and to keep research from climate sceptics out of the scientific literature.
As well as including new information about the emails, we will allow web users to annotate the manuscript to help us in our aim of creating the definitive account of the controversy. This is an attempt at a collaborative route to getting at the truth.
I suppose this is just their way of hopping onto the bandwagon created by Wikipedia. Of course, this will devolve into a battle over which text gets authority in the overall document. This is prime evidence for a paper or research project on discourse analysis and the climate wars…
I hope DC and others ensure that there is a lot of context provided on the attack on climate science by the denial industry. I note that there is some coverage on the denialist industry’s attempt to create a “climate of doubt”.
In 1998, I revealed in the Guardian leaked documents showing that the powerful American Petroleum Institute (API) was planning to recruit a team of “independent scientists” to do battle against climatologists on global warming. The aim was to bolster a campaign to prevent the US government ratifying the Kyoto protocol.
The API’s eight-page Global Climate Science Communications Plan said it aimed to change the US political climate so that “those promoting the Kyoto treaty on the basis of extant science appear to be out of touch with reality”.
The leaked document said: “If we can show that science does not support the Kyoto treaty … this puts the US in a stronger moral position and frees its negotiators from the need to make concessions as a defence against perceived selfish economic concerns.”
Its first task was to “identify, recruit and train a team of five independent scientists to participate in media outreach”. It is not clear if the plan went ahead, but the policy objective was achieved.