The UK scientist at the center of the "Climategate" controversy over leaked e-mails has been cleared of hiding or manipulating data by a parliamentary committee.
But lawmakers who had been investigating the row over global warming science said in a report published Wednesday that climate scientists must publish all their raw data and methods to ensure the research is "irreproachable."
The Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia in eastern England has been under fire since last November when emails, which skeptics claimed showed scientists hiding and manipulating climate data, were allegedly hacked and leaked onto the Internet.
The Commons report said the leaked emails suggested a "blunt refusal"
by Jones to share scientific data but its chairman Phil Willis said
there was no evidence that Jones hid or manipulated data to back up his
"The focus on Professor Jones and CRU has been
largely misplaced," the report said. "On the accusations relating to
Professor Jones's refusal to share raw data and computer codes, the
committee considers that his actions were in line with common practice
in the climate science community but that those practices need to
The Kuwaiti study created its world model for peak oil based on 47 individual models for each major oil-producing nation. It also took a separate look at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which includes nations that control about 35 percent of the world's oil reserves.
More complications may still change the ultimate end date for peak oil. OPEC's latest projection suggests that world oil demand will grow by 900,000 barrels per day in 2010, according to an Associated Press story this week. That follows a period of low oil demand during the height of the worldwide recession in 2009.
For now, Kuwaiti scientists say that the world continues to consume its oil reserves at a rate of about 2.1 percent each year. They plan to continue including new data that can refine the model as time goes by.
snow, sunshine and a nearly empty mountain, last week on Blackcomb. The lull between Olympics and Paralympics made for a perfect march break getaway. I can highly recommend the Woodrun Lodge. Ski in ski out; pool and hot tub; and generously large family condos.