Nature responds to our complaint.
Based on a request for investigation from JunkScience.com, Nature has forced MIT’s Kerry Emanuel to disclose his employment with insurance companies as a conflict of interest.
In the Feb. 14 Nature Climate Change study “Physically based assessment of hurricane surge threat under climate change,” of which Emanuel is a co-author, the “Additional Interests” section disclosed:
The authors declare no competing financial interests. However, in the interests of transparency we confirm that one of us, Kerry Emanuel, is on the boards of two property and casualty companies: Homesite and Bunker Hill, and also on the board of the AlphaCat Fund, an investment fund dealing with re-insurance transactions. In all three cases, Dr Emanuel receives fixed fees but owns no stocks or shares. Dr Emanuel does not stand to make any personal financial gain through these directorships as a consequence of the reported findings.
There was obvious reluctance in the disclosure from the wording (“no competing financial interests” even though insurance companies are gaming global warming alarmism) to the fact that, despite our asking, we had to find out about the disclosure on our own initiative — i.e., after our initial exchange with Nature, the journal editors stopped communicating with us.
Links to the Emanuel saga are below:
- Emanuel responds to JunkScience charge
- Emanuel fails to disclose conflict of interest in latest paper — Update #1
- Emanuel fails to disclose conflict of interest in latest paper
- Second insurer linked to Emanuel
- Emanuel’s wife really ‘ashamed to be an American’
- Climate alarmist Emanuel is director of offshore insurance company
- MIT’s Kerry Emanuel: GOP skepticism makes him ‘ashamed to be an American’