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Before we embark on drastic plans to combat climate change, we must be sure of the facts

By Roddy Campbell   March 2010

An automatic weather station being installed on Butler Island, Antarctica

The belief that man is warming the Earth’s climate via greenhouse gas emissions is supported by evidence showing a modest increase in global temperatures over recent decades. But what is the scale of these increases, and are they in any way abnormal? To find out, we need an accurate record over a long period. This is where the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) comes in, and why the “climategate” scandal over its leaked emails matters so much.

The CRU is one of the world’s leading climatic research…

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