A SCIENTIST has admitted hyping up the impact of global warming on wildfires — in order to get a study published.
Dr Patrick Brown blamed a recent increase in blazes in California on climate change for the article for Nature.
He has now admitted omitting other reasons, such as poor forestry management, to fit the “mainstream narrative”.
The lecturer, based in Baltimore, Maryland, added it was “taboo” to mention global warming was often mitigated by changes in technology.
MP Craig MacKinlay, of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, said: “There are many eminent voices across the spectrum of climate science, from scepticism to full adherence to the new religion.
“Scientific study in this area has diminished to making the most hyperbolic claims.
“I hold a science degree and my training was one of reaching a conclusion after full analysis and after following evidence, not writing the conclusion and then selectively using data to make it fit, ignoring anything inconvenient.
“We need honesty if we are to spend multiple trillions of pounds, change the way we’re expected to live and reduce our freedom on the Net Zero pathway.”
Nature editor Magdalena Skipper accused Dr Brown of “poor research”.
She said: “We are now carefully considering the implications of his stated actions.”