Britain’s University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit, Phil Jones, is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.

The university says he will relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review, headed by Sir Muir Russell, into allegations that Mr. Jones worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.

Climategate began last month with the hacking of a server used by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England. The hacker anonymously disseminated over a thousand e-mails and 3000 other documents over the internet. Many believe that the hack was done either by an insider or by someone inside the climate community.

According to the British newspaper, the Telegraph, some of the emails included discussions of how to combat the arguments of climate change sceptics, keeping scientists who have contrary views out of peer-review literature, and talk of destroying various files in order to prevent data being revealed under the Britain’s Freedom of Information Act. One email message stated we “will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!” , referring to scientists who do not share the belief in man-made global warming.

The United Nations IPPC(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) also plans to investigate these claims that University of East Anglia scientists manipulated data to support the case that human activity is driving global warming.

The authenticity of these emails has been confirmed by most of the relevant parties including the CRU at University of East Anglia and many of the authors.


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