Call it the mystery of the missing thermometers. Two months after climategate cast doubt on some of the science behind global warming, new questions are being raised about the reliability of a key temperature database, used by the United Nations and climate change scientists as proof of recent planetary warming. Two American researchers allege that U.S. government scientists have skewed global temperature trends by ignoring readings from thousands of local weather stations around the world, particularly those in colder altitudes and more northerly latitudes, such as Canada. In the 1970s, nearly 600 Canadian weather stations fed surface temperature readings into a global database assembled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Today, NOAA only collects data from 35 stations across Canada. Worse, only one station -- at Eureka on Ellesmere Island -- is now used by NOAA as a temperature gauge for all Canadian territory above the Arctic Circle. The Canadian government, meanwhile, operates 1,400 surface weather stations across the country, and more than 100 above the Arctic Circle, according to Environment Canada. Scientists using selective temperature data, skeptics say can someone explain to me why it's a good idea to limit the data? if i didn't know better, i'd think that an attempt is being made to skew the data toward a predetermined conclusion. that couldn't be, could it? i mean, these are scientists, right? they're dedicated to the integrity of the scientific method, unless it doesn't pay.