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Leaked Emails Fuel "Climategate" Controversy
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A large number of local scientists are preparing for next week's Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen.  Among the topics they'll be discussing is the controversy over stolen emails between scientists, known as "Climategate."  WNPR's John Dankosky has more.

The story starts with hundreds of email messages between leading researchers in Britain and the US studying climate change.  They include messages that seem to suggest a conspiracy of sorts, to strengthen the conventionally-held belief that humans are contributing to global warming. 

Journalist Andrew Revkin of the New York Times has been in the middle of this debate - moderating a war of words online between climate change believers and skeptics.  He told WNPR's Where We Live that this episode shows off the "underbelly" of science.

One of the researchers whose emails were leaked is Ray Bradley, Director of the Climate System Research Center @ UMass Amherst.  He told station WFCR that the researchers feel "violated" by the security breach.

Journalist Revkin says an independent inquiry is underway into some of the methods revealed in the emails.  He says the episode could point the way toward a more transparent, "open source" peer review system for research.  The Copenhagen Conference begins December 7th. 

For WNPR, I'm John Dankosky.