It's beginning to look a lot like the hacking of private emails by scientists at a British global-warming research center -- the unlawful act that touched off the controversy now known as "Climategate" -- was not an isolated incident. Instead, there is new evidence of a coordinated, global campaign to discredit researchers who've endorsed the theory of manmade global warming, on the eve of the critical multi-nation summit on climate change that begins today in Copenhagen.

You don't think the "Climategate" revelations are getting the media attention they deserve (even though it was the top of the hour story this morning on both CNN and liberal-only-after-dark MSNBC...just sayin'...)? Well, that's a debate worth having. But this needs to be also included in the debate as well:

Attempts have been made to break into the offices of one of Canada's leading climate scientists, it was revealed yesterday. The victim was Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria scientist and a key contributor to the work of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In one incident, an old computer was stolen and papers were disturbed.

In addition, individuals have attempted to impersonate technicians in a bid to access data from his office, said Weaver. The attempted breaches, on top of the hacking of files from British climate researcher Phil Jones, have heightened fears that climate-change deniers are mounting a campaign to discredit the work of leading meteorologists before the start of the Copenhagen climate summit tomorrow.

You have to believe that the folks who hacked the British scientific emails -- which even the most enthusiastic boosters of the scandal can't deny was a criminal act, as much as they try to steer away from that fact -- weren't some teenagers on a goof. Instead, you have to think that as the world moves toward Copenhagen and more coordinated efforts to reduce the burning of fossil fuels, there are powerful interests who are desperate to prevent change. And apparently they will stop at nothing. Richard Nixon learned how a campaign of illegal spying and break-ins can boomerang back to destroy you -- don't be shocked if "Climategate" takes a U-turn in a direction its enthusiasts don't want it to go.

Meanwhile, Attytood signs on to this editorial that appeared in newspapers around the globe:

Climate change has been caused over centuries, has consequences that will endure for all time and our prospects of taming it will be determined in the next 14 days. We call on the representatives of the 192 countries gathered in Copenhagen not to hesitate, not to fall into dispute, not to blame each other but to seize opportunity from the greatest modern failure of politics. This should not be a fight between the rich world and the poor world, or between east and west. Climate change affects everyone, and must be solved by everyone.

The science is complex but the facts are clear. The world needs to take steps to limit temperature rises to 2C, an aim that will require global emissions to peak and begin falling within the next 5-10 years. A bigger rise of 3-4C — the smallest increase we can prudently expect to follow inaction — would parch continents, turning farmland into desert. Half of all species could become extinct, untold millions of people would be displaced, whole nations drowned by the sea. The controversy over emails by British researchers that suggest they tried to suppress inconvenient data has muddied the waters but failed to dent the mass of evidence on which these predictions are based
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Please read the whole thing, and discuss.