Abstract from an article by Richard Black,
Environment correspondent, BBC News website, 14. November, 2007
(For the full article see the bottom of the page)
"Of all the accusations made by the vociferous community of climate sceptics, surely the most damaging is that science itself is biased against them.
That was a view I put forward nearly a year ago now in another article for the BBC News website, and nothing has changed my mind since.
Drought or deluge?
In that earlier article, I invited sceptics to put their cards on the table, and send me documentation or other firm evidence of bias. For my part, I agreed to look into any concrete claims.
The reality was rather different.
I received emails from well over 100 people; some had read my original article, others had seen the idea passed around in blogs and newsgroups.
Four people said they had had problems getting research published, and three sent me the papers in question. The other said he did not want to disclose details as he was preparing his paper for submission to another journal.
Of the three papers I did receive, one was far from complete, and another was a review article from an author who endorsed the IPCC position and said the bias was against scientists "supporting man-made climate change".
The third was from Reid Bryson, a US meteorologist and climatologist whose team at the University of Wisconsin has developed its own method of looking at historical climate change. He said he had had problems getting research published on the extent to which he believes volcanoes drive climate change. But he had not kept his rejection letters, so it was impossible to investigate specifically.
A fifth correspondent said magazines had turned down letters for publication; but letters are not research, and magazines are not journals, which perform a vital role in the formal processes of science.
In terms of first-hand claims of bias, that was it."
In the full article below Richard Black deals with the claim of sceptics who claim the sun played a major roll, the so-called controversies about the "hockey-stick" etc.
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