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4 Mar 2010

Climate research missteps 'change nothing'

Irish Times weather eye column

THE DISCLOSURE of research "missteps" hasn't shaken the consensus that man-made emissions from burning fossil fuels are contributing to climate change, President Barack Obama's top science adviser has said.

The release of scientists' e-mails and errors in a report by a United Nations climate panel show researchers are human, John Holdren said yesterday at an energy conference in Washington. The errors don't alter the fact that carbon dioxide emissions are warming the Earth, he said.

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Carol Browner, Obama's top adviser on energy and the environment, said climate legislation will trigger investment and job creation in industries that build solar panels and wind turbines. "Some have said this legislation is dead," Browner said at the conference. "We don't agree."

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