Climate Sceptic Researcher Probed Over Funding From Fossil Fuel Firms

"Willie Soon from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics probed over failure to disclose more than $1.2m from energy industry when submitting articles".

"A Harvard-Smithsonian researcher known as a climate sceptic is under multiple ethics investigations arising from his hidden financial relationships with fossil fuel companies.

A handful of academic journals have asked Willie Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, about his failure to disclose more than $1.2m in energy industry funding when submitting articles for publication, the Climate Investigations Center (CIC) said.

Soon is also under two parallel ethics investigations by the Smithsonian, a spokesperson for the institution said.

Another journal, the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate, said it had amended a 2009 article by Soon, making it clear that he had been funded by an energy company. "
Suzanne Goldenberg reports for the Guardian June 11, 2015.


"Willie Soon's Fossil Fuel-Funded Work Draws Ethics Review From Publisher" (InsideClimate News)

"Journals Investigate Climate Skeptic Author’S Ties To Fossil Fuel Firm as New Allegations Arise" (Science)

"New Charges of Climate Skeptic’s Undisclosed Ties to Energy Industry Highlight Journals’ Role as Gatekeeper" (PLOS)

Source: Guardian, 06/12/2015