Religion and Climate Change

An interesting article in The Week today  (3rd October 2009) comments on how the original data on global surface temperatures, which has underpinned the climate change hypothesis, has vanished. Apparently the original data collected by Wigley and Jones, and drawn on by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been lost although “adjusted” figures remain.

The question is: if there is no scientific data to underpin beliefs about climate change, then is the movement really a religion?