inquiry launched by the University
of East Anglia in eastern England has confirmed that the
e-mails stolen from its Climatic Research Unit revealed
no evidence that the case for human-affected global warming
as this controversy has been called, started in November 2009 when
hackers broke into the university's climate research unit's system
and leaked thousands of e-mails and other documents onto the
Internet. Through review of the leaked e-mails, climate change
skeptics have accused
the research unit of misconduct, saying that they've withheld
scientific information, deleted and/or manipulated raw data to make
the case for global warming seem stronger than it really is, and
interfered with the peer-review process to prevent those who disagree
with the case of global warming from publishing scientific research.
previous investigation in April concluded that there was no
malpractice, and on Wednesday, after the third investigation was led
by former civil servant Muir Russell, it was decided that the e-mails
contained no proof that would ruin the case for manmade
global warming. Also, Russell's defense of the Climatic Research
Unit noted that e-mails "put forward" by the United
Nations'Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) did not contain anything that would
undermine the concept of human-caused global warming either.
in the e-mails like "hide the decline" and "trick"
were what set the skeptics off and push them to voice concerns all
over blogs and other forms of media. But the report said "hide
the decline" was just misleading and the word "trick"
was possibly shorthand for a significant mathematical approach to a
were also criticized for not responding to questions about
climate change data openly under Britain's freedom of information
rigor and honesty as scientists are not in doubt," the report
said. "We did not find any evidence of behavior that might
undermine the conclusions of the IPCC.
found a tendency to answer the wrong question or to give a partial
Acton, the university's vice chancellor, was pleased with the
inquiry's findings and hopes it ends any remaining "conspiracy
theories and untruths" being passed around the Internet and in
the media. Police are continuing to search for the hackers who leaked