Journal Retracts George Mason U. Scholar’s Critique of Global Warming

The journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis has retracted an article by Edward Wegman, a professor of data sciences and applied statistics at George Mason University, that has figured prominently in the debate over global warming. Mr. Wegman’s 2008 article challenged the scientific consensus about man-made causes of climate change, and USA Today is reporting that the journal has now retracted the article because of problems that include evidence of plagiarism. Mr. Wegman’s lawyer denied allegations of plagiarism in an e-mail to the newspaper. A university spokesman declined to comment.

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