Journal Editor Quits Over Climate Change Hullabaloo

Takes responsibility for article that deliberately ignored counter-arguments
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Suggested by kokuaguy
Posted Sep 5, 2011 7:03 AM CDT
The editor of the science journal Remote Sensing has resigned, after publishing a paper rebutting climate change science in July.   (©NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

(Newser) – The editor-in-chief of a scientific journal that published a revisionist paper against climate change has quit, reports the BBC. "If a paper presents interesting scientific arguments, even if controversial, it should be published and responded to in the open literature," said Wolfgang Wagner in his resignation letter. The problem, however, was not the paper's controversial nature, but that its arguments have already been noted and refuted elsewhere—"a fact which was ignored" by the paper's authors and missed by peer reviewers.

Critics of the paper also noted that Wagner's Remote Sensing is a 2-year-old journal about monitoring the Earth from space, but is not specifically about climate or climate change. "Those who recognize that their ideas are weak but seek to get them into the literature by finding weaknesses in the peer review system are taking a thoroughly disreputable approach," said a climate change scientist, who said he respected Wagner for taking responsibility and resigning. The scientists who wrote the original paper, however, are standing behind their research, denying criticism of their work. For more about retractions and bad science, check out this story. (Read more climate change stories.)

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