Paul Alexander | 11 Sep 2023
That he “left out the full truth to get my climate change paper published”, “he did’nt
look at poor forest management and other factors that are just as if not more important to fire behavior because “I knew that it would detract”…Nature and the study’s co-authors are fighting back
‘A new study by a team of mostly Bay Area scientists that found human-caused climate warming has increased the frequency of extremely fast-spreading California wildfires has come into question from the unlikeliest of critics — its own lead author.
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Patrick T. Brown, climate team co-director at the nonprofit Breakthrough Institute in Berkeley and a visiting research professor at San Jose State University, said his Aug. 30 paper in the prestigious British journal Nature is scientifically sound and “advances our understanding of climate change’s role in day-to-day wildfire behavior.”
But Brown this week dropped a bomb on the journal — as well as his study’s co-authors who are staunchly defending the team’s work. In an online article, blog post and social media posts, Brown said he “left out the full truth to get my climate change paper published,” causing almost as much of a stir as the alarming findings themselves.
Brown wrote that the study didn’t look at poor forest management and other factors that are just as if not more important to fire behavior because “I knew that it would detract from the clean narrative centered on the negative impact of climate change and thus decrease the odds that the paper would pass muster with Nature’s editors and reviewers.” He added such bias in climate science “misinforms the public” and “makes practical solutions more difficult to achieve.”
On Thursday, Nature shot back. “When it comes to science, Nature does not have a preferred narrative,” Editor in Chief Magdalena Skipper wrote in a statement to the Bay Area News Group.
She offered some recent examples of Nature articles including one noting various factors that drive wildfire destruction of towns that she argued “do not follow the purported editorial biases alleged by Brown,” who was the lead author in two other studies published by Nature and a third in its affiliated climate change journal.’
This is so fascinating, a faulty scientist with a journal NATURE now says the published work is basically misleading and fraud and the journal is fighting him….can’t get more interesting. Let us sit back and watch. This is just like all the bogus CDC and NIH and Pfizer COVID and vaccine research that was published, all fraud, meant to deceive.