Friday, November 20, 2009

University of East Anglia ("Hadley") Climate Research Unit Hacked, Hundreds of Docs and Emails Released

This is shaping up to be one humdinger of a scandal:

"The University of East Anglia's Hadley Climatic Research Centre appears to have suffered a security breach earlier today, when an unknown hacker apparently downloaded 1079 e-mails and 72 documents of various types and published them to an anonymous FTP server. These files appear to contain highly sensitive information that, if genuine, could prove extremely embarrassing to the authors of the e-mails involved. Those authors include some of the most celebrated names among proponents of the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW)." [Read more at . . .]
The emails include one purportedly from Philip Jones, Director of the CRU (Climate Research Unit) referring to the now well-known "hockey stick" graph in Michael Mann's article in Nature:
"I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline. Mike’s series got the annual land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999 for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998." [Read more at Watts Up With That . . .]
And on the "are they genuine" question (as if there is any doubt that there will shortly be a denial that they are) we have this, and several more examples of of the "alleged" CRU emails from Ed Morrissey at HotAir:
"The director of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit confirmed that the e-mails are genuine — and Australian publication Investigate and the Australian Herald-Sun report that those e-mails expose a conspiracy to hide detrimental information from the public that argues against global warming."
There's more at Environmental Capital, Investigate (Australia) and still more from James Delingpole at the Telegraph (UK). Also see the article at Climate Audit, but be patient while it loads -- the site seems to be under a considerable amount of strain.

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