the climate controversy dubbed Kiwigate, New Zealand skeptics inflict shock
courtroom defeat on climatologists implicated in temperature data fraud.
Zealand’s government via its National Institute of Water and Atmospheric
Research (NIWA) has announced it has nothing to do with the country’s
“official” climate record in what commentators are calling a
capitulation from the tainted climate reconstruction. The story is also
covered on web news aggregator site,
statement of defense claims they were never responsible for the national
temperature record (NZTR).The climb down is seen as a legal triumph for
skeptics of the New
Zealand Climate Science Coalition (NZCSC) who had initiated their challenge
last August when petitioning the high court of New Zealand to invalidate
the weather service’s reconstruction of antipodean temperatures. The
NZCSC Petition may be read here.
to the August official statement of the claim from NZCSC,
climate scientists cooked the books by using the same alleged ‘trick’
employed by British and American scientists. This involves subtly imposing
a warming bias during what is known as the ‘homogenisation’
process that occurs when climate data needs to be adjusted.
specific charge brought against the Kiwi government was that its climate
scientists had taken the raw temperature records of the country and then
adjusted them artificially with the result that a steeper warming trend
was created than would otherwise exist by examination of the raw data alone.
the original Kiwi records show no warming during the 20th century, but after
government sponsored climatologists had manipulated the data a warming trend
of 1C appeared.
New Zealand Government Abandons ‘Official’ Climate Record
NZCSC story reports that the NZ authorities, “formally stated that,
in their opinion, they are not required to use the best available information
nor to apply the best scientific practices and techniques available at any
given time. They don’t think that forms any part of their statutory
obligation to pursue “excellence.”
now denies there was any such thing as an “official” NZ Temperature
Record, although there was an official acronym for it (NZTR). However, the
position now taken by the NZ government is that all such records are now
to be deemed as unofficial and strictly for internal research purposes.
article urges that if the government will not affirm that their temperature
reconstruction is official then, “Nobody else should rely on it.”
Researcher from Climategate University Implicated in Data Fraud
in a Suite101 article by the same writer of April 2010
'Kiwigate is a Carbon Copy of Climategate' it was shown that the scientist
who made the controversial “bold adjustments” is none other
than Jim Salinger who is also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC). Because very few temperature records exist for
the Pacific Ocean, the NIWA record is given extra weight by the UN’s
IPCC for determining multi-decadal trends in global average temperatures.
was dismissed by NIWA earlier this year for speaking without authorization
to the media. The researcher originally worked at Britain’s Climatic
Research Unit (CRU), the institution at the center of the Climategate scandal.
was also among the inner circle of climate scientists whose leaked emails
precipitated the original climate controversy in November 2009. In an email
(August 4, 2003) to fellow American climate professor, Michael Mann, Salinger
stated he was “extremely concerned about academic standards”
among climate skeptics.
Destroyed Before it Could be Independently Verified
strangely similar to those witnessed in the Climategate controversy, Kiwigate
appears to match Climategate in three key facets. First, climate scientists
declined to submit their data for independent analysis. Second, when backed
into a corner the scientists claimed their adjustments had been ‘lost’.
Third, the raw data itself proves no warming trend.
pdf files of letters between Coalition chairman and barrister Barry Brill
and NIWA chairman Chris Mace may be read here.
MBE, T.,'High Court asked to invalidate NIWA’s official NZ temperature
record,' (August 13,2010); climatescience.org.nz, (accessed online: October
Holm, Joseph & Majurey., [Solicitors],’Statement of Defence on
Behalf of the Defendant,’ [On behalf of NIWA], (September 14, 2010)
A.C. and A. Soares, ‘Homogenization of Climate Data: Review and New
Perspectives Using Geostatistics,’ Mathematical Geoscience, Volume
41, Number 3 / April, 2009.
Zealand Climate Science Coalition, ‘NIWA Challenged to Show Why and
How Temperature Records Were Adjusted’ (February 7, 2010), accessed
online April 26, 2010.
& Climate Science Conversation Group; Press Statement of December 18,
2009; accessed online ( April 26, 2010).
J. Climategate email Filename: 1060002347.txt. (August 4, 2003).