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Denying Email Deletion

November 24, 2009

Phil Jones, Dec 3, 2008:

About 2 months ago I deleted loads of emails, so have very little – if anything at all.

Phil Jones, Nov 24, 2009 Guardian

We’ve not deleted any emails or data here at CRU.

217 Comments leave one →
  1. David Jay permalink
    November 24, 2009 12:56 pm


    Are we allowed to start assigning motives yet?

  2. Bruce permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:08 pm

    One of the “defenses” put out by Team supporters is that there is no smoking gun and the email’s are really that bad.

    However, once one realizes that the emails left were the ones the Team considered “safe”, then the inescapable conslusion is … [self snip].

  3. Esmeralda Dangerfield permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:15 pm

    Today’s WSJ has a brilliant lead editorial about the scandal, hiding data
    deleting email, etc. This isn’t going away this time. Mann and Jones appear
    to be hiding out in a cave, Mann not using his previous, all-purpose “won’t dignify that question…..”

    The Wall Street Journal writes:

    “The ‘two MM’s’ are almost certainly Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, two Canadians who have devoted years to seeking the raw data and codes used in climate graphs and models, then fact-checking the published conclusions – a painstaking task that strikes us as a public and scientific service.”

    Thank you, M&M! I am so ashamed at what I suspect is the spread of the corruption, or intimidation by science thugs.

  4. None permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:17 pm

    “We’ve not deleted any emails or data here at CRU. ”

    He meant since Nov 23rd.

  5. TurkeyLurkey permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:18 pm

    Please, I spent some time trying to figure out the roles of the named team members on the ‘Let’s all delete our AR4 Emails’ zinger.

    I hope one of youse guys that has it in your head will bless me with the answer;

    What ‘official’ role did these guys have in AR4, and what shadow role might they have had?

    Does the IPCC AR4 process define a category of non-public discussion of AR4 work product?

    The close-knit nature of the group is readily conveyed by the ‘first-name basis’ ,
    but I can’t (in 25 words or less) define their AR4 responsibilities.

    Hey, I got my first rejected post at RC. I must be a bad guy…

    Thanks in advance,

  6. November 24, 2009 1:19 pm

    He did it from home.

  7. Mack permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:20 pm

    Oh, now I get it…he used a trick to hide the deletions.

  8. Bruce permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:22 pm

    Perfect. LOL.

  9. Sandor Toth permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:23 pm

    Bam! That’s going to leave a mark.

  10. November 24, 2009 1:24 pm

    Someone should send Phil a copy of the files before he says something stupid or embarrassing.

  11. Calvin Ball permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:25 pm

    I think what he’s saying is that he’s recently been made aware that when he deletes emails on his computer, they’re not really deleted.

  12. Manniac permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:26 pm

    Phil Jones – ‘I did not have statistical relations with that data’

  13. AManuel permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:27 pm

    Steve, could it be that Jones was naive enough in to think that by deleting the emails in his personal folder in Dec 2008 that they deleted from the system, and now his IT guys are telling him that there are backup files.

  14. November 24, 2009 1:29 pm

    TurkeyLurkey, see if you can guess who was the lead author of chapter 3 in IPCC AR4. That’s the chapter all about past temperature records. Then go and look it up and see if your guess was correct.

  15. MattN permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:35 pm

    Not much more to say, really…

  16. Corey permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:40 pm

    Phil Jones, Dec 3, 2008:

    About 2 months ago I deleted loads of emails, so have very little so have very little – if anything at all.

    Phil Jones, Nov 24, 2009 Guardian

    We’ve not deleted any emails or data here at CRU.


  17. November 24, 2009 1:42 pm

    Yep, this is what he told the BBC yesterday:

    When I put the allegation to Professor Jones that the hacked e-mails suggested he had supported deleting e-mails in breach of FOI, he said: “We haven’t deleted any emails. I delete my own personal emails a year at a time regardless of subject as I have too many, but the university still has the emails.”

    I assume this is part of a line by now agreed on the whole sorry mess (as seen from CRU’s point of view). Whatever. They didn’t exactly rush to get the data out to Steve to help him help them in a joint search for truth, I think we can all agree. Meanwhile, doing a decent job of analyzing the copious source code in is I assume a non-trivial task.

  18. Dev permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:42 pm

    Willis Eschenbach has a terrific blow-by-blow timeline on his early FOIA requests and the resultant behind-the-scenes machinations at CRU.

    As his post shows, in context the emails are even MORE damning than they appear.

  19. November 24, 2009 1:47 pm

    I see Russian TV has given this story some serious coverage

  20. Andy permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:51 pm

    This is from the same article cited above:

    “Our global temperature series tallies with those of other, completely independent, groups of scientists working for Nasa and the National Climate Data Centre in the United States, among others. Even if you were to ignore our findings, theirs show the same results. The facts speak for themselves; there is no need for anyone to manipulate them.”

    He deceptively says the other bodies are independent. While technically true, it’s clear from the emails that they were all working together in common purpose.

  21. kramer permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:52 pm


  22. Corey permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:53 pm

    Someone should send Phil a copy of the files

    I just sent him an e-mail with this link, and his e-mail also.

    He will probably just delete it, though. 🙂

  23. November 24, 2009 1:58 pm

    What struck me earlier was how happy the two Russia Today presenters were to discuss Climategate in terms of ‘conspiracy’, quite unlike here in the UK where predictably it’s been brought out this week by Phil Jones and George Monbiot – the latter having just asked for the resignation of the former – almost as a Pavlovian trigger of ridicule and abuse. But, given the history of Russia, I guess the difference is not so surprising.

  24. JEM permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:03 pm

    Would FOI requests to all the institutions to whom Jones’ “burn this” messages went, regarding their document-retention policies and IT server-backup procedures, be appropriate?

  25. PR Guy permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:12 pm

    too late

  26. robp permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:13 pm

    Actually, this comment could be true. You can delete thousands of emails out of your account, and not even touch the server copy let alone the back-ups.

    Phil Jones probably went to the IT department and asked them if they deleted any emails off the servers. If they said no, then he can actually be accurate in both quotes. Most likely, he is kicking himself becuase like most people he thought delete means delete in the email world.

  27. Alexander Harvey permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:16 pm

    He may have deleted emails, he says that he deletes emails over a certain age, but he may now may be relying on the fact that they are not deleted in that UEA/CRU keep all emails, to make his statement true.

    For all we know he may have thought, at the time that he requested that others also delete theirs, that simply hitting the delete button got rid of them.

    When will these guys ever learn to pick up the phone, or use their private e-mail accounts when they are doing stuff that is not fit for public consumption.

    The UEA’s FOI guidance to staff specifically states that all e-mails are potentially subject to release under FOI legislation. Staff are adviced to act acordingly.

    Look stuff, goes on, in many organisations people have to be sounded out over things “off the record”, and in my experience, not using office facilities by din’t of being off premises. “Let’s talk a walk in the park”, “I’ll phone you tonight”.

    What continues to shock me is the casualness of all this and the concept that people are inherently reliable (onside). With one shocking exception, I have always kept to the principle that anything that I write may be broadcast deliberately or unintentially to the whole bloody universe. To remind me of this I write comments under my own name.

    I certainly do not write what I truly think about this affair on blogs as it would be libelous in the extreme. Call me old fashioned!

    Ultimately nothing is private unless you take precautions to make it so. In a previous incarnation I was a recording engineer and from time to time tapes of interviews etc. that had been pulled would circulate so we could have a good laugh. These days they would all be up on u-tube in seconds. Or would they? I can remember one where a PM of GB, behaved in ways that could have ended his career on the spot. It takes balls to release something like that and in those days you couldn’t just upload stuff anonymously into the public domain.

    For the record the PM was Harold Wilson, yes I am that old! I thought about it and since he is dead I am pretty safe.

    I simply dispair of these people or perhaps I despair of simple people.


  28. Stacey permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:21 pm

    Please note I know you dont like people delegating but unfortunately I am not sure how to do this. Below I have extracted a post made on the Daily Telegraph web site I have picked out the bones and have left the meat.

    Its a tale of two graphs:-
    There is a graph on the internet by Manley which is the central england temperature graph for all seasons till 1974.

    Click to access qj74manley.pdf

    Now get hold of Hadcruts Central England Graph here

    Please could you show the two graphs because the former tells me nothing to worry about the later well it looks like the blade of an…..

    If it were done t’were well it were done quickly.

    Take care

  29. Stacey permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:22 pm

    OOps should hav said for the pdf to scroll to page 16.

  30. mvl permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:32 pm

    It’s becoming more and more apparent that these fellows are really not nice people, at all.

    And the sycophants, who now are knowingly peddling lies to the mass audience, well, they are as low as these “scientists”.

    This is straight out of 1984, which I have just started re-reading.

    Incredible times we live in.

  31. JEM permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:33 pm

    Alexander Harvey – I started my career in an organization subject to significant regulation, and was advised from day one that you had to assume that anything you ever commit to text in any form would eventually be seen by the people you least wanted to see it, and that you needed to manage yourself accordingly.

  32. P Gosselin permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:37 pm

    What a web we weave…
    Looks like Jones is hanging himself.

  33. Peter permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:40 pm

    Manniac, you owe me the beer I just spit up.

  34. Peter permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:44 pm

    Andy, Not only were they working in common purpose, but as E.M. Smith has shown, they have been working from the same data. GHCN data, and he has demonstrated systematic bias in those records.

  35. MarkB permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:50 pm

    “I let my science do the talking, along with all my scientific climate colleagues. It’s up to governments to decide and climate science is just one thing they have to take into account with the decisions they have to make.”

    Ahhh… the disinterested scientist, oblivious to the world of petty political issues.

  36. P Gosselin permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:51 pm

    Analysing this, they seemed to have had their gig under pretty good control a few years back. But then there was a thorn, pricking them in the eyeball, where it really hurt, constantly and relentlessly. They started losing focus as result, got sloppy and caved in.

    Is it possible to keep a house of cards from collapsing?
    I have a feeling a lot of grubby hands are gonna desparately try to do so. But we all know it’s impossible. It’s never been done before. Perhaps I’m writing their epitaph too early – it’s just my gut feeling.

    If it indeed comes to this, there’s one man, with the help of a few others, to thank for it.

  37. Tom B permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:55 pm

    Here is a link to a very well done chronology of Phil and gang planning to avoid FOI requests from the very first moment they learned the FOI Act would apply to them – – even before anyone had actually made an FOI request.

  38. FTMoney permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:00 pm

    From: Phil Jones
    To: “Michael E. Mann”
    Subject: IPCC & FOI
    Date: Thu May 29 11:04:11 2008


    Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4?
    Keith will do likewise. He’s not in at the moment – minor family crisis.
    Can you also email Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t
    have his new email address.

    We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.

    I see that CA claim they discovered the 1945 problem in the Nature paper!!


  39. hengav permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:03 pm

    Hoisting Jones own Patard…

  40. Stacey permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:11 pm

    It does not matter whether he deleted emails he requested others to do so.

  41. Bob Koss permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:12 pm

    OT, but …
    I posted comment #61 under Revkin’s Dot earth post “Varying Concerns About Climate Files”
    Here it is. It will be interesting to see if they take my suggestion.

    Mr Revkin,

    It is my understanding Steve McIntyre is referenced more than 400 times in the released CRU emails. You indicate Judith Curry has posted at and have yourself allowed Mr. McIntyre’s remarks in past head posts you have written.

    Given all this, perhaps it is time to post a link to his website in the blogroll in the same section as the link to realclimate.


  42. Karl Arrak permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:23 pm

    As network administrator I can say – e-mail is immortal. User cant delete it.

  43. Esmeralda Dangerfield permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:27 pm

    I posted this several hours ago….. “awaiting moderation…?” Is this
    RC? …Ez
    Today’s WSJ has a brilliant lead editorial about the scandal, hiding data
    deleting email, etc. This isn’t going away this time. Mann and Jones appear
    to be hiding out in a cave, Mann not using his previous, all-purpose “won’t dignify that question…..”

    The Wall Street Journal writies:

    “The ‘two MM’s’ are almost certainly Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, two Canadians who have devoted years to seeking the raw data and codes used in climate graphs and models, then fact-checking the published conclusions – a painstaking task that strikes us as a public and scientific service.”

    Thank you, M&M! I am so ashamed at what I suspect is the widespread corruption, and intimidation by science thugs.

  44. debreuil permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:37 pm

    Stacey: that first graph only goes to 1975, the second to 2009 (maybe you knew that?). The old one is actual temps, the new one temp differences which are by nature more dramatic (that is why they are used, to help see differences).

    Not sure if you were going to finish with ‘hockey stick’? As a hockey player, I would have to take that stick back. For really good sticks, you need Sherwood, Titan, or some of the graphs in the IPCC docs. Certainly Central England seems to have been warmer in the last ten years or so though, by about a degree after calibration it seems.

  45. PR Guy permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:45 pm


  46. November 24, 2009 3:49 pm

    Your question reminds me: I think one of the best services Steve has done for Science is to enforce his policy of snipping whenever OT or OTT or unnecessarily speculative or discourteous. This has built up within the skeptics’ community a great strength IMO. Of course, venting is very natural, and obviously, in the present situation, pretty unavoidable too. However, the enforced discipline of always staying right on topic has built into myself at least, a proof of the workability of Science By Blog, and it’s a discipline I don’t intend to forget in a hurry.

  47. Matt Pearson permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:49 pm

    My anger grows daily at the arrogance of Jones, Mann et al. The hoops that this small cadre of individuals went through to deny the reasonable FOIA requests boggle the mind. I have been going through the emails and the code, and what I have been trying to do is construct a chronological ordering of the emails with respect to the FOIA requests. Then I found an excellent article on written by Willis Eschenbach which accomplishes just this, along with the authors comments. All should read, and point your members of congress to this site.
    Mr. McIntyre, did you ever pay the 10 pounds?

  48. ice core permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:50 pm

    lookee here, CBS dives in and it’s one of the best MSM pieces I’ve seen

    The author Declan McCullagh appears to have been paying attention

  49. November 24, 2009 4:09 pm

    Wow – that is a corker of an article – gutsy and no prisoners.


  50. Matt Pearson permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:14 pm

    Very nice! Go canucks!

  51. debreuil permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:19 pm

    After a day or two looking through the code (I’m a programmer, not a climatologist) and getting some good responses from gavin at realClimate I am surprised at a few things.

    1) I really thought code like this would be super complicated — obviously simulating weather long term is a very tough problem. However in the code it comes down to, get the measurements, apply arbitrary weighting/changes to the end set of data (blade portion), and then weight in hotter measured temps for the blade only (non linearly). One could argue that the numbers used to reduce proxy signals in the 40’s and amplify them in the blade portion were the result of hundreds of inputs and deep thought, but seeing -.03 and 2.6 there doesn’t inspire confidence. That’s like the ultimate answer being 42. The comments above the lines don’t help either, things like “****** APPLIES A VERY ARTIFICIAL CORRECTION FOR DECLINE ******”.

    2) Measured temperatures in recent times are way off temps predicted by proxies. Rather than question the proxies, the later measured data is adjusted. Then it is changed again by adding in the latest hotter measured temps — not by overlay, but mixing the signals together plus overlay. You just can’t do this and call it honest. Its made to look like the proxies were hard data this way, but the hard data ends at the foot of the blade. After seeing this in the code, I went to the graphs to check – and the graphs actually also say they are doing this in the notes! So two points for being upfront, but HOW does that get a pass? This isn’t a climate question, this is a statistics/graphing question, and I believe have plenty enough experience in that field to call foul. Then in the ‘IPCC comments file’ you see this brought up in a few places, all rejected (“its in the notes”). Wow. Noting a deception doesn’t make it ok. “Your pants are on fire*” ….. *actually they’re not.

    3) In the famous harry file, the v3.0 is being fit to match the 2.1 results. That is fine, but it is by no means independent confirmation of previous data code. Also, the standards are shockingly low in every aspect of that process as well.

    My impression is that in the initial stages people are trying hard to do good science, but then the results are filtered at the end to look however they need to look. This happens basically one step before the graph stage, and then again at the graph stage. You can tell a lot from how a graph is presented about bias of intent, but when the bias includes data adjustment as well you basically have to throw the whole thing out.

    Anyway, I think I’ve wasted enough time on this. I’m almost glad the financial industry’s code wasn’t made public like this, it is probably similar and I’d have spent a week. 2009 is shaping up to be the year of “the death of the complex computer model”. Except under the covers it isn’t all that complex, just crudely manipulated : (.

  52. Adam Sullivan permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:22 pm

    new email from Jones just revealed

    From: Phil Jones
    To: Father Christmas
    Subject: I have been a good boy
    Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 09:17:29 -0600

    Father Christmas,

    I have been a good boy this year and would like the following things:

    1) a new copy of Photoshop with instruction

    2) a new Fortran compiler and the use of some coding elves who have some experience in software engineering

    3) a new “Supplicant Media Kit”. I know you gave me one 10 years ago but it has started to wear off bit with der Spiegel and the BBC.

    4) more computers, researchers, prestige and the rest of the usual annual stocking stuffers.

    For my friend Mike Mann please give him a hockey mask. One made just like his hockey stick – made of wood using the fewest hand picked trees possible.

    And just a reminder (the same one I give you every year) – if we don’t get what we want then the North Pole will melt and the Reindeer will drown.

  53. anonym permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:25 pm

    As the lawyers say, the best questions are the ones to which you already know the answer, so likely the best way to start would be to make a detailed FOI request to UEA CRU for all the emails and other documents which have already been leaked in , excluding only those emails which are purely personal scuttlebutt, like the notorious 1075403821. If all those documents come out via “formal FOI” 😉 and are found to match the versions, then the question of’s accuracy is settled, and attempts to avoid the issues raised by by pointing to the possibly illegal nature of the leak are also undermined. If something different happens, then that will also be very informative. Maybe the Daily Telegraph or WSJ or some other institution is already at work on such a request.

  54. Fred permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:28 pm

    “I did not have email deletions with that scandal”

  55. November 24, 2009 4:30 pm

    Don’t give points for being upfront. Remember the code was hidden in an inaccessible computer. If you’re interested, you can see more hockey mathmagic here:

  56. John G. Bell permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:32 pm

    Steve M.

    This would make a great crosspost if Willis wants to do it.

    Spectacularly well written.

    Thanks Dev for pointing it out.

    Steve: Actually Willis sent it to me but I’ve been overwhelmed with things to do.

  57. November 24, 2009 4:52 pm

    Very splendid analysis, thanks!

  58. hpx83 permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:56 pm

    rom: Ian Harris
    Subject: Re: Hopefully fixed TMP
    Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 14:50:20 +0100

    Hi Tim

    I’ve re-run with the same database used for the previous 2006 run (tmp.0705101334.dtb).

    Is that any better? If not please can you send the traditional multi- page country plots for me to pore over?



    On 3 Sep 2009, at 17:04, Tim Osborn wrote:

    Hi Harry and Phil,

    the mean level of the “updated-to-2008” CRUTS 3.0 now looks good, matching closely with the 1961-1990 means of the earlier CRUTS 3.0 and CRUTS 2.1. Please see the attached PDF of country mean time series, comparing last-year’s CRUTS 3.0 (black, up to 2005) with the most-recent CRUTS 3.0 (pink, up to 2008).

    Latest version matches last-year’s version well for the most part, and where differences do occur I can’t say that the new version is any worse than last-year’s version (some may be better).

    One exception is the hot JJA in Europe in 2003. This is less extreme in the latest version. See attached PNG for a blow-up of France in JJA. I’m sure some people will use CRU TS 3.0 to look at 2003 in Europe, so we need to be happy with the version we release. Perhaps some hot stations have been dropped as outliers (more than 3 standard deviations from the mean?)?
    But I’m not sure if that is the reason, since outlier checking was already used in last-year’s version, wasn’t it? Does the outlier checking always check +-3 SD from 61-90 mean (or
    normal), or does it check +-3 SD from the local mean (30-years centred on the value) which would allow for a gradual warming in both mean and outlier threshold?



    On Wed, September 2, 2009 6:08 pm, Ian Harris wrote:


    When you have the time and/or the inclination, please can you run the new TMP output through your IDL thingummajig?


    Please let me know if you can’t access it. I do appreciate your help!




  59. debreuil permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:57 pm

    wow. Thanks for the link, at first read it seems about the same ‘math’ I’ve been looking at. I guess I’m most confused that this kind of thing has been sort of in the open all along. Maybe people need a good non climate analogy to see what is happening to that data.

  60. TurkeyLurkey permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:05 pm

    Mike Phil Keith Eugene Caspar
    What about their AR4 emails would trigger such an incredibly damning note?

    Upon rumination, I assume that it would be about their machinations/negotiations about how to squeeze the (Caspar) Ammons/ [Eu](Gene) Wahl 2006/2007 under the AR4 deadline, and what it should say.

    This would be the most strongly radioactive waste, that could directly take AR4 down.

    So, in this putative scenario, Mike and Phil are calling in the ‘tricky Hail Mary’ play to Briffa, with Mike delivering Gene and Caspar (ringers from his home team.)
    The play starts with Phil&Keith’s team short two men, who then rush in from the sidelines to catch the wobbly pass on the 1 yard line and step accross it.

    No timeouts remained to check the instant replay cameras to see if they beat the clock, so no protest was possible…

    But for Phil’s arrogant genius, we would never have had an openning to revisit the calumny.

    This is pure attribution on my part.
    Snip at will.
    I trust your judgement.

  61. November 24, 2009 5:11 pm

    “About 2 months ago I deleted loads of emails, so have very little – if anything at all. ”

    Mails could being forwarded somewhere, out of the deletion scope.


  62. November 24, 2009 5:12 pm


  63. Barry Foster permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:14 pm

    I emailed Phil Jones about two years ago about a difference between HadCRUt and GISS, and he emailed me back. We emailed each other again after that. Yet I have looked for those emails on the published data on the net and they aren’t there, so I would have to think that he most certainly HAS deleted emails!

  64. Peter Pond permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:16 pm

    Here in Australia, the MSM have moved on. The whole issue gained just a little coverage in the right-wing newspapers and our ABC (government-owned) did briefly cover it Monday night – with plenty of time allocated to the AGW supporters to present their side of the issue.

    However, today (Wednesday) the ABC is highlighting a new report by “26 scientists” working for the IPCC, that claims ice melt in the Artctic is worse then we thought – sea level rise up 2 metres by 2100, and possible temp rise of 7C. Sound bites from two uni Professors who are key AGW supporters in Australia.

    The point I am making is that although “the system” (Climate science and peer-review, etc) would appear to be substantially broken, the general population in Australia remains totally unaware. And with an El Nino summer ahead of us, you can be sure that every high temp, lack of rain, high winds, tropical cyclone, etc will be “milked” as evidence for catastrophic AGW.

    Plus ca change …..

  65. TurkeyLurkey permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:29 pm

    I found this silly movie to invoke involuntary chortles and guffaws.


  66. TurkeyLurkey permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:30 pm

    Hey, up next on Glenn Beck, Day 2 of the exposition.

  67. Wat permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:33 pm

    I’d like to think that an investigation will get somewhere, but what if Ben tells the others of his “Please do not communicate with me in the future” trick? Thwarted again!

  68. November 24, 2009 5:35 pm

    Specifically, he used a trick to hide the decline in the number of emails.

  69. JEM permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:40 pm

    Institutions such as UEA typically maintain system backups of all important systems, certainly including mail servers and possibly Drs Jones’ and Briffa’s workstations.

    The question is how long they maintain them for, and what they back up.

    Someone in the UK needs to FOI UEA for their data-retention policies and for all system backup data relative to the contributions to the AR4 report. Find out what they’ve got.

  70. FTMoney permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:42 pm

    Warning: sensitive Australians do not read this:

    From: Phil Jones
    To: John Christy
    Subject: This and that
    Date: Tue Jul 5 15:51:55 2005

    There has been some email traffic in the last few days to a week – quite a bit really, only a small part about MSU. The main part has been one of your House subcommittees wanting Mike Mann and others and IPCC to respond on how they produced their reconstructions and how IPCC produced their report.

    In case you want to look at this see later in the email !

    Also this load of rubbish !

    This is from an Australian at BMRC (not Neville Nicholls). It began from the attached article. What an idiot. The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998. OK it has but it is only 7 years of data and it isn’t statistically significant.

    The Australian also alerted me to this blogging ! I think this is the term! Luckily I don’t live in Australia.


    Unlike the UK, the public in Australia is very very na

    That’s it, Australia is very very “na” I think it is short for something, like naive.

  71. JimB permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:43 pm

    Someone should send Phil a copy of the files before he says something EVEN MORE stupid or embarrassing.

    Fixed it.


  72. JimB permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:44 pm


    “It depends on the definition of ‘is’…”


  73. TurkeyLurkey permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:46 pm

    Glenn Beck television Topics;
    1. Non-coverage by all networks but Fox
    2. ‘Thousands of emails’ leaked
    3. Confirmed by NYT and WaPo
    4. Recap of
    a kevin’s wailing
    b hide the decline
    c Delete the evidence
    d suppress unwelcome papers by redefining ‘peer review’

    5 Review history of non-suppression of Hansen under Bush; at max, some phone calls requesting that he cool it. Hundreds of interviews.

    6 What will it cost you?

    7 Lurin parallel to Challenger disaster, with groupthink behaviors of participants.

    8 Artificial economic crisis.

    9 What have we ‘learned so far’;
    Global Warming Scientists involved in unethical if not frankly illegal behaviour?

    Politically, Van Jones ; ~’the green revolution contains the engine for transforming society.’ i.e., through ‘Climate Justice’…

    10 ‘Thousands’ of emails
    11 Fox stands alone thus far.
    12. Still digging and verifying (i.e. more to come)
    13. Where is the silent majority of ethical scientists on this matter?

    There you have it, insta-summary as I captured it on the fly.

  74. TurkeyLurkey permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:48 pm

    Whoops, “Lurid”

  75. JimB permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:50 pm

    “Even if you were to ignore our findings, theirs show the same results.”
    And we’re surprised by this now, after reading the emails?

    “The facts speak for themselves; there is no need for anyone to manipulate them.”

    Ummmmmmm…then why DID you?


  76. JimB permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:53 pm

    I’d much rather it was a subpoena than an FOI. We’ve seen what kind of loopholes exist in that system, even with more eyes on it now.


  77. JimB permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:23 pm

    I believe that’s actually CBS, which is one of the big 4 broadcasters in the U.S., along with FOX, ABC and NBC.


  78. TurkeyLurkey permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:27 pm

    Rather humoresque if you find this kind of thing funny;

    A lovely parody ala Nat Geo…

    Cover your keyboard if you’re sipping liquids.

    Here’s a teaser;
    ‘The never-before seen security tapes obtained by Burge provide a rare glimpse into the inner working of the climate research hive and its amazing guano production.’

    You’ll have to provide your own dramatic narrator voices…

  79. L Gardy LaRoche permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:27 pm

    In the mean time,
    Minnesotans for Global Warming have put out a new song.

  80. David Boycott permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:28 pm

    Why would he feel the need to deny the obvious – that he wouldn’t bother to delete copies of emails that had already been released into the public domain?

    I think it’s pretty clear he was denying that CRU ever deleted its email records.

  81. dean permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:38 pm


    You’re overwhelmed? What with? I can’t imagine you having ANYTHING to do right now…


  82. Robert Wood permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:42 pm

    Can I use the “L” word yet?

    Because clearly he is doing the “L” thing. [Piling on OFF]

  83. Robert Wood permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:48 pm

    No, the trick was to hide the decline in the number of e-mails. It can be shown that the decline in the number of e-mails is a proxy for increasing surface temperature of the Earth (multiply by 1.15 for sea surface temps).

    Sorry [Piling on mode OFF]

  84. steven mosher permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:54 pm

    Another thread for people to look at. in the mails you will find jones coordinating with the IPCC on Ar5…
    having chats about them and FOIA. Those conversations need to be out in the open. Who knows what jones suggested.

  85. November 24, 2009 6:59 pm

    nothing too0 sinister here – just a nice choice for the start date of the series shown on the Hadley website.

    They are showing the data from 1772 rather than the full series from 1660. Amazingly I couldn’t find a graph of the full series on their website. I have made a version that can be seen at

    Look at that graph and imagine what year you would start at to give the best impression of AGW?

    Of course there will be a good reason for the start date chosen.

  86. TurkeyLurkey permalink
    November 24, 2009 7:02 pm

    OK, more lynx on what’s out there.

    Interesting p0int about folks being afraid to say anything, for fear that they’ll look foolish when ‘more’ is released…

    meanwhile, the reply is ‘worse than predicted’;

    Hopefully there will be an evolving narrative to keep them squirming.

    I know the point of CA is serious auditing, but another aspect is conveyance of the shaky science to ‘the folks’.

    Also, this is the ‘high volume site’ , so I don’t feel like I am polluting CA with this.

  87. Henry permalink
    November 24, 2009 7:19 pm

    You can’t trust Manley, as he was funded by big oil: he says “I am indebted to Shell Oil for a personal research grant to cover investigations of our long term records…” That should put the Central England series out-of-bounds for real climate researchers.

    More seriously, apart from Manley’s chart finishing in 1973 and being in decadal average temperatures rather than smoothed anomalies (so the dip in the modern chart around 1890 appears around 1895 in the old one) is the difference? You can change how dramatic a chart looks by varying the scales

  88. Bob Koss permalink
    November 24, 2009 7:40 pm

    Hide the decline sung to the tune of Tommy James and the Shondells classic “Draggin’ the Line. Featuring Michael Mann.

  89. dicentra permalink
    November 24, 2009 7:49 pm

    Chris Horner reports that the Competetive Enterprise Institute is filing suit against NASA and GISS:

    U.S. Senator James Inhofe is going to Copenhagen, this time with proper ammo, to expose the hoax:

  90. FTMoney permalink
    November 24, 2009 8:05 pm

    On the topic of defenses, personality ones, the late emails show much high dudgeon and heightened shock. They are implicitly, and tremendously, fearful their house of cards will fall. They cheer each other up with pretensions to the highest of scientific ethics, everyone else lack them.

    One, who I will not name, several times reacts in a textual version of Bogart’s strawberries meltdown in The Caine Mutiny.

  91. Ben Santer permalink
    November 24, 2009 8:21 pm

    My dad can beat up your dad.

  92. November 24, 2009 8:49 pm


    Rather than piling on, a service could be provided to the community with a discussion about proper disclosure of raw data, codes, adjustments, and documentation related to scientific research. In the biological sciences this is the norm and those who violate the code of science in this regard do not have long and fruitful careers.

    Even in fusion research scientific discipline still reigns. Here is a story from nature just this week about a scientist disbarred from government contracts because of what, in relation to what has happened with CRU, seems minor.

    There must be consequences to activity that erodes the foundations of the integrity of science. In the end, it is not the politicians that will be blamed for this, it will be the scientists. Al Gore will run for the exits and it will be the scientists involved that will be left wondering what happened, though as one USAF general once told me, this whole thing is like a self licking ice cream cone.

  93. Eric permalink
    November 24, 2009 9:01 pm


    your pseudo code above was as simple, concise, and clear as any breakdown of the hockey-stick machine as I’ve seen.

    nicely done

  94. Robert Wood permalink
    November 24, 2009 9:10 pm

    Sorry, I can’t resist. In fact, you may aaready have posted it. this is just brilliant:

  95. Robert Wood permalink
    November 24, 2009 9:20 pm

    Cennis Wingo, I agree the politicians will run for cover. Their cover being quote: “We listened and believed the best professional advise available at the time. We didn’t know they were lying sh*ts.?

    But, their lie is that, of course, they did know, quite damn well, that these “scientists” were saying convenient words to their ears, but it was convenient for them to ignore the facts.

    Damn them all; send them to see this for ever:

  96. T-Town permalink
    November 24, 2009 9:30 pm

    Those guys seem to have been practicing so long that their WEB appears to be stronger than Kevlar!

  97. Alvin permalink
    November 24, 2009 9:46 pm

    One site manipulates data, the other has the same results? You just confirmed a conspiracy.

  98. Kasmir permalink
    November 24, 2009 10:02 pm

    Yes, that’s almost certainly it. The liberated correspondence confirms that he attempted to delete emails, and asked others to delete theirs as well. No doubt he also subsequently attempted to delete the particular emails boasting of and requesting deletions. He has now found to his dismay that all of the deletions failed, and is using the failure as a defense. Reminds me of the story about the boy who killed his parents begging for clemency since he was an orphan.

  99. November 24, 2009 10:10 pm

    “Conspiracy” has a stigma attached to it in the US/Britain. It’s entirely irrational ofcourse – conspiracies are a fact of life and they are treated as such by the law, but talking about them in public opens the floodgates to ridicule.

    It’s exactly that kind of stigma that helps conspiracies flourish, since they never see the light of day.

  100. November 24, 2009 10:14 pm

    Is it not foolish to expect those FOI requests to be honoured when we know they’ve been circumventing the law to avoid honouring FOI requests for years?

    There needs to be an independent investigation. The hard drives need to be siezed and analysed. There’s no point in asking the accused whether they’re guilty or not – these people don’t have the moral fibre to be doing the right thing and admitting their mistakes.

  101. Molon Labe permalink
    November 24, 2009 10:22 pm


  102. Calvin Ball permalink
    November 24, 2009 10:36 pm

    The consensus of expert opinion is that these emails were deleted. However, there are still some mouth-breathing flat-earth denialists.

  103. Eyesapoppin' permalink
    November 24, 2009 10:46 pm

    The intent is showing in his 2008 quote. At that time, he was either not aware that IT had the back-ups, or did not want to admit it to his correspondent. Either option looks “naughty.”
    Hasn’t he talked to a lawyer yet? Wouldn’t one have told him, “Phil, shut the **** up!”

  104. November 24, 2009 10:51 pm

    Another strongly-worded piece, this one posted to RealClearPolitics, a sort of magnet for political junkies of many stripes:

  105. November 24, 2009 11:01 pm

    But, their lie is that, of course, they did know, quite damn well, that these “scientists” were saying convenient words to their ears, but it was convenient for them to ignore the facts.


    This is exactly my point. There is a vicious circle that develops whereby funding flows to certain pet ideas from a politician (does anyone remember all the money that Gore threw at the U of Michigan for climate software in the 90’s) to a scientist that shares a certain mindset and then it expands from there.

    The only solution that I see is a robust and public placement of all raw data, methods, and results after something is published. Internet gadflies with a lot of time on their hands or rival researchers can then do the work necessary to confirm or falsify results.

    This is why I hold fellows like Steve M and Anthony W and the others in such high regard. There is no real joy in going through a lot of the things that people have to go through and the stones that are thrown other than the conviction that what they are doing is the right thing to do.

    Science is a blood sport, but it must be done without tying the opponents hands before the bout.

  106. crosspatch permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:27 pm

    The entire comment was:

    Unlike the UK, the public in Australia is very very na�ve about climate change, mostly because of our governments Kyoto stance, and because there is a proliferation of people with no climate knowledge at all that are prepared to do the gov bidding. Hence the general populace is at best confused, and at worst, antagonistic about climate change – for instance, at a recent rural meeting on drought, attended by politicians and around 2000 farmers, a Qld collegue – Dr Roger Stone – spoke about drought from a climatologist point of view, and suggested that climate change may be playing a role in Australias continuing drought+water problem. He was booed and heckled (and unfortunately some politicians applauded when this happened) – that’s what we’re dealing with due to columists such as the one I sent to you.

  107. thefordprefect permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:47 pm

    Karl Arrak
    As network administrator I can say – e-mail is immortal. User cant delete it.

    I have worked for an american company in the UK on safety critical systems.
    The email policy (forced on them by US lawyers) was all emails on servers are deleted after 30 days (absolutely no exceptions) All emails are deleted from your mail programme after 30 days (no exception) The only way of keeping old emails was to back up to a local drive (archive)
    I assume restoring from monthly backups was also not possible (don’t think I tried this) as this would have negated the policy purpose.

  108. Sean permalink
    November 25, 2009 12:26 am

    Wow! Check out this comprehensive article from the CBS news website!!;contentBody#addcomm

  109. Sean permalink
    November 25, 2009 12:27 am

    Actually, this is a better link:

  110. Esmeralda Dangerfield permalink
    November 25, 2009 1:50 am

    I have just (tried to) read The Devil’s Kitchen early attempts at translating
    programmer comments and read_me files from the CRU documents:

    While I understand little of it, that the data is a mess is not a nuanced point. Nothing of value appears to be able to be salvaged from it. I especially marveled at the way the program apparently just clatters on without notice or interruption whenever errors are encountered.

    I would think it would be wonderfully impressive if CA could present examples of what good clean well-documented and commented data sets look like… how they should perform…. how one embeds “check sums” to catch inadvertent errors, etc.

    I suspect this mess of spaghetti code and messy data is going to be the biggest mess for the blowhards to deal with.

    No wonder they hid their messes so carefully!

  111. Steven Hales permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:03 am

    Just a note: Robin Hanson thinks that team behavior is not too unusual in academia. He also considers the emails not much of a deal. He thinks a better solution would be a well constructed prediction market but it would require people their money where their data and analysis is.

  112. November 25, 2009 2:54 am

    Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), the Grey Lady is still taking the “Nothing to see here folks” attitude:

    They talked to Michaels, and then let four of the perps have their long say.

    Remind me again why this is such a great newspaper?

  113. climategatebob permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:00 am

    There are no deleted emails here!

  114. Brnn8r permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:11 am

    Might get snipped but what the heck…

    This is starting to remind me of M. Night. Shyamalan’s Sixth Sense

    CRU Mole: “I see deleted emails”

    Steve: “In your dreams?”

    CRU Mole: [Shakes Head]

    Steve: “While you’re awake?”

    CRU Mole: [Nods]

    Steve: “Deleted emails like, in your recycle bin? you trash folder?”

    CRU Mole: “Moving around like regular email. Phill can’t seem them, he only sees what he wants to see. They don’t know they’ve been deleted.”

    Steve: “How often do you see them?”

    CRU Mole: “ALL the time”

  115. Luke Warmer permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:24 am

    Plus ca change… See Bob Tisdale’s question about the Copenhagen report:

  116. JEM permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:52 am

    You’d be surprised what can be dredged up out of backups, hell even forensic analysis of a hard disk (generally under court order, or as a last-ditch “oh my God I just deleted three years of work!” recovery exercise) if there’s a need to do so.

    How practical it is all depends on (a) what boxes UEA’s mail goes through and where it sits (b) what their system backup policies are (c) whether the backup media for the period involved have been recycled/reused.

  117. Hans Kelp permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:40 am

    Hey Steve Mcintyre. I once asked you in a blog post if not they fabricated
    some of the data presented as a proof of global warming. You then criticized me for “going a bridge too far”. Now I feel vindicated in my suspicion. Nevertheless, you thereby taught me to tread carefully and to be patient.I thank you for that. It pays off. Now I can congratulate you. I find you are doing a marvelous job uncovering the mess the climate science is in, and you certainly deserves to be nominated the best science blog this year. Being mentioned at least 400 times in the leaked e-mails shows the enormous impact your work has done.

    All the best for you.

  118. JimB permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:01 am

    And I’m betting that somehow, somewhere, some of the tapes “fell off the truck”.
    Computer backups are one of the most unreliable pieces in the whole data management scheme. Ask just about any enterprise datacenter manager what their biggest headache is…and they’ll tell you it’s backups. It’s difficult to do in a business environment…one can only image the lax approach that a university might employ regarding backup completions and retention policies.


  119. required permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:06 am

    They didn’t just massage the data, they practically water-boarded it

  120. KevinUK permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:16 am

    Thanks for the link to Willis’s excellent article on the chronology of the FOIA fiasco events

    I’ve just pasted this on that thread.


    Hope you are reading these comments on your excellent chronology of events on the whole FOIA fiasco.

    I’ve just read CRU’s pathethic press release and I quote

    “One particular, illegally obtained, email relates to the preparation of a figure for the WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 1999. This email referred to a “trick” of adding recent instrumental data to the end of temperature reconstructions that were based on proxy data. The requirement for the WMO Statement was for up-to-date evidence showing how temperatures may have changed over the last 1000 years. To produce temperature series that were completely up-to-date (i.e. through to 1999) it was necessary to combine the temperature reconstructions with the instrumental record, because the temperature reconstructions from proxy data ended many years earlier whereas the instrumental record is updated every month. The use of the word “trick” was not intended to imply any deception.

    Phil Jones comments further: “One of the three temperature reconstructions was based entirely on a particular set of tree-ring data that shows a strong correlation with temperature from the 19th century through to the mid-20th century, but does not show a realistic trend of temperature after 1960. This is well known and is called the ‘decline’ or ‘divergence’. The use of the term ‘hiding the decline’ was in an email written in haste. CRU has not sought to hide the decline. Indeed, CRU has published a number of articles that both illustrate, and discuss the implications of, this recent tree-ring decline, including the article that is listed in the legend of the WMO Statement figure. It is because of this trend in these tree-ring data that we know does not represent temperature change that I only show this series up to 1960 in the WMO Statement.”

    So they are saying they didn’t ‘hide the decline’ but rather just substituted instrumental temperature data after 1960 in place of proxy data because of the ‘divergence problem’. Now who ha sgone on record saying that they would NEVER deliberately ‘splice’ instrumental temperatue data onto to tree-ring proxy data? They would never do that would they? Yet here is the ‘Wizard of UEA’ himself finally admitting to the fact that they have done so and blames the WMO (‘The requirement for the WMO Statement was for up-to-date evidence…’) for doing so. After performing the ‘splice’, he then says breathtakingly pretends to the WMO (and the rest of us) that this is ‘up-to-evidence’. How can this be ‘evidence’? If it is evidence then all it is evidence of is that temperature reconstructions (particularly those that use tree-ring data) make for very poor thermometers i.e they are invalid.

    If you can’t to any degree of confidence (as this admission shows) reconstruct the temperature of the past prior to before when instrumental records began, then what evidence is there that the claimed warming trend towards the latter part of 20th century (which itself is of the same size as the level of adjustments made to the ‘raw’ recorded data so is also subject to significant uncertainty) is anything but due to ‘natural climatic variability’? To claim as Michael Mann (and others in these released emails) have done that this period late 20th century warming is ‘unprecedented’ is quite frankly specious and dishonest if not fraudulent.

    Phil Jones also says in the press release

    “That the world is warming is based on a range of sources: not only temperature records but other indicators such as sea level rise, glacier retreat and less Arctic sea ice.

    What ‘sea level rise’ – is that the one in Tuvala that hasn’t happened (yet?) or Al Gores’s fictional one?

    What ‘glacial retreat’ – the one that enabled Hannibal to cross the Alps and sack Rome – or the one that isn’t happening in most the Himalayas at the moment?

    What ‘less Arctic sea ice’ – is that the Arctic sea ice that has recovered since the publication of the IPCC FAR or for which we only have observations since late1970s/early 80s so we have no real idea of knowing if there was just as less Arctic sea ice during the earlier part of the 20th century as observed towards the end of the 20th century/early 21st century?


    If you haven’t already doen so please read UEA’s press release on the hacking incident.


  121. checker22 permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:34 am

    Looking at the background of these people at CRU: does anyone know detail of Briffas academic background ? His bio is silent on original education other than has been at UEA since late seventies. His boss looks a bit thin as well: undergrad degree from Lancaster in “environmental sciences” in the seventies followed by PhD at Newcastle on “descriptive” subject. Are these really top flight scientists? They sound a bit ordinary to me. Just looking at their e-mail exchanges they appear very ordinary.

  122. KevinUK permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:42 am

    Looking at Bob’s chart it looks like they have been fiddling about with the 1940 to 1970s cooling period, the period where the models have to invoke use of aerosols to explain the cooling that was ‘hiding’ the soon to be post 1970s ‘unprecendented’ warming?

    This was mentioned in one of the released emails, they one in which Phil Jones is talking to Tome Wigley (1254147614.txt)

    A few thoughts
    This is a link to the longer Thompson et al paper. It isn’t yet out in final form – Nov09
    is a link to wattsupwiththat – not looked through this apart from a quick scan. Dave
    Thompson just emailed me this over the weekend and said someone had been busy! They seemed
    to have not fully understood what was done.
    Have looked at the plots. I’m told that the HadSST3 paper is fairly near to being
    submitted, but I’ve still yet to see a copy. More SST data have been added for the WW2 and
    WW1 periods, but according to John Kennedy they have not made much difference to these
    Here’s the two ppts I think I showed in Boulder in June. These were from April 09, so
    don’t know what these would look like now. SH is on the left and adjustment there seems
    larger, for some reason – probably just British ships there?
    Maybe I’m misinterpreting what you’re saying, but the adjustments won’t reduce the 1940s
    blip but enhance it. It won’t change the 1940-44 period, just raise the 10 years after Aug
    I expect MOHC are looking at the NH minus SH series re the aerosols. My view is that a
    cooler temps later in the 1950s and 1960s it is easier to explain.
    Land warming in the 1940s and late 1930s is mainly high latitude in NH.
    One other thing – MOHC are also revising the 1961-90 normals. This will likely have more
    effect in the SH.
    With the SH around 1910s there is the issue of exposure problems in Australia – see
    Neville’s paper.
    This shouldn’t be an issue in NZ – except maybe before 1880, but could be in southern
    South America. New work in Spain suggest screens got renewed about 1900, so maybe this
    happened in Chile and Argentina, but Mossmann was head of the Argentine NMS so he may have
    got them to use Stevenson screens early.
    Neville has never been successful getting any OZ funding to sort out pre-1910 temps
    everywhere except Qld.
    Here’s a paper in CC on European exposure problems. There is also one on Spanish series.
    At 06:25 28/09/2009, Tom Wigley wrote:

    Here are some speculations on correcting SSTs to partly
    explain the 1940s warming blip.
    If you look at the attached plot you will see that the
    land also shows the 1940s blip (as I’m sure you know).
    So, if we could reduce the ocean blip by, say, 0.15 degC,
    then this would be significant for the global mean — but
    we’d still have to explain the land blip.
    I’ve chosen 0.15 here deliberately. This still leaves an
    ocean blip, and i think one needs to have some form of
    ocean blip to explain the land blip (via either some common
    forcing, or ocean forcing land, or vice versa, or all of
    these). When you look at other blips, the land blips are
    1.5 to 2 times (roughly) the ocean blips — higher sensitivity
    plus thermal inertia effects. My 0.15 adjustment leaves things
    consistent with this, so you can see where I am coming from.
    Removing ENSO does not affect this.
    It would be good to remove at least part of the 1940s blip,
    but we are still left with “why the blip”.
    Let me go further. If you look at NH vs SH and the aerosol
    effect (qualitatively or with MAGICC) then with a reduced
    ocean blip we get continuous warming in the SH, and a cooling
    in the NH — just as one would expect with mainly NH aerosols.
    The other interesting thing is (as Foukal et al. note — from
    MAGICC) that the 1910-40 warming cannot be solar. The Sun can
    get at most 10% of this with Wang et al solar, less with Foukal
    solar. So this may well be NADW, as Sarah and I noted in 1987
    (and also Schlesinger later). A reduced SST blip in the 1940s
    makes the 1910-40 warming larger than the SH (which it
    currently is not) — but not really enough.
    So … why was the SH so cold around 1910? Another SST problem?
    (SH/NH data also attached.)
    This stuff is in a report I am writing for EPRI, so I’d
    appreciate any comments you (and Ben) might have.

    Prof. Phil Jones
    Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
    School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
    University of East Anglia
    Norwich Email
    NR4 7TJ




  123. Robinson permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:49 am

    ; Apply a VERY ARTIFICAL correction for decline!!
    2.6,2.6,2.6]*0.75 ; fudge factor
    if n_elements(yrloc) ne n_elements(valadj) then message,’Oooops!’

    Not only the data handling, but this needs to be explained (^). I don’t know Fortran (or IDL). I assum yrloc is a range, not a two dimensional array.

  124. Stacey permalink
    November 25, 2009 7:50 am

    Will the real Phil Jones stand up?
    Will the real Phil Jones et al apologies?

    Heck he’s aged a bit in the last few days?

    There is a lot of coverage on the Daily Telegraph.

  125. Murph permalink
    November 25, 2009 7:54 am

    Coffee all over the keyboard. 😛 Thanks.

  126. Sean Inglis permalink
    November 25, 2009 8:05 am

    In fairness – and it isn’t deserving of much – without knowing where the errors were directed, it’s possible this was a reasonable strategy: make some assumptions about a (possibly largish) dataset; log any exceptions; check for exceptions after each run; correct where necessary; iterate until no exceptions are evident.

    I wouldn’t shrink from using that strategy myself where the source data may contain unknown quirks and omissions.

  127. Rich permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:08 am

    If you live in the UK:

  128. Bernie permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:12 am

    Willis’ excellent retelling of his experiences with FOI requests raises two important points: First, persistence will be crucial. In the light of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s statement signalling the circling of the wagons, this is going to be a long drawn out affair and things will only improve if the current incredible effort is maintained.

    Second, precision and relevance are also crucial. At RC, there are many statements charging a grand AGW conspiracy or that there is no warming or that no data has been released. These claims are not helpful as they are easily dismissed and support the charge that skeptics are crazy denialists. The power of Willis’ and Steve’s comments and FOI requests is that they are both precise and substantive. It is clear that Phil and others understand the importance of the requests even if they dramatically misinterpret the motivations.

  129. Arthur Dent permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:19 am

    Guido Fawkes (the closest the UK comes to Drudge) has now picked up on this

  130. R.S.Brown permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:25 am

    Just for the record, Lawrence Livermore National Lab has NO tab,
    link or other method of finding their FOI policies or their contact person(s) on their website:

    Also, when you use their on-site search engine, a request for “FOI”
    gets you a message saying they don’t serve that kind of wine.

    You can see why Ben Santer, et alia, at LLNL aren’t fluent in
    Freedom of Information.

    Welcome to the hotel California.

  131. Robinson permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:45 am

    You wouldn’t? What it shows to me, as a Software Developer, is a complete absence of understanding.

  132. Mike S. permalink
    November 25, 2009 10:09 am

    R.S. – Try a Google search with the terms: “freedom of information”

    Then click the link “repeat the search with the omitted results included” at the bottom of the page (the first document below won’t show up otherwise). The most interesting are:

    What drives LLNL Review & Release? (has some contact info)
    EM (this is LLNL’s Federal Facilities Agreement; Data/Document Availability policy starts on page 21)

  133. snowmaneasy permalink
    November 25, 2009 10:25 am

    George Monbiot once again demands Phil’s resignation…

  134. November 25, 2009 10:39 am


  135. Jonathan permalink
    November 25, 2009 10:44 am

    Looking at their early publications it looks like they both started research with Tom Wigley, Phil being a few years ahead of Keith.

  136. November 25, 2009 11:10 am

    A science blog with scientific quote mining and rational (non-tribal) piling-on.

  137. TinyCO2 permalink
    November 25, 2009 11:45 am

    I’ve just been watching Prof Fred Singer and Prof Bob Watson on a UK political show.

    Bob Watson says that the reason why they can’t release the global temperature data is because it belongs to other countries. We’ve heard that before. Has anyone come across an email from Phil Jones or any other person, asking other countries if they minded if he released the raw data? Surely it was important? There must be begging letter, after begging letter? No?

    Or is it those emails that got deleted 😉

  138. theduke permalink
    November 25, 2009 12:04 pm

    I just posted the following at DotEarth:

    “Lauren Morello’s report in the NYT yesterday was a classic in the annals of warmist propaganda. She only quoted one skeptic, and gave those whose behavior in this episode appears to be criminal free reign to whitewash their deeds. The supreme irony inherent in the comment by Michael Mann, whose crimes against open science are well-documented in these emails and elsewhere (, is ignored.

    “If the NYT won’t publish the content of the actual emails, how is the casual reader to understand the gravity of what has been going on in the bowels of climate science in the past decade?”

    Just noticed I spelled “rein” wrong. Oh well . . .

  139. Dan Haight permalink
    November 25, 2009 12:33 pm

    I’m a long-time lurker and a first-time poster. I’ve been appalled by the recent email scandal and hope it doesn’t simply blow away. The group on here has provided a hugely valuable service, and I offer my profound thanks.

    On the other hand, there are those who will never be convinced as this humorous post on Realclimate illustrates:

    Mark, wishful thinking is an incredibly powerful force.

    Gavin, I’m amazed at your endurance — get some sleep, dude! Well done with the responses, and hang in there. I suspect this whole thing is going to backfire… of course, that could just be wishful thinking on my part. 😉

    The important thing to remember in the response to this is to try to keep everyone’s eye on the ball. The laws of physics are not going to change because somebody hacked somebody’s email. That this is even being discussed just goes to show that “reality is what you can get away with.” — RAW

    Gavin, I’m going to pass on some words of encouragement that a very wise person once gave me in trying times. They may seem a bit odd, but perhaps you will find some use in them. It is worth remembering that, given the circumstances, scientists studying climate at this juncture are likely among the most important humans extant. You will be held to a higher standard, and maybe that’s OK, because when the stakes are this high, you can’t make a lot of mistakes. Keep in mind that you are genuinely, without hyperbole, here to save the world.

    Anyway, some words of wisdom from an old friend:

    “You are a Jah Warrior, a Light Messenger. You are here to spread love and light in the world. You need to remember who you are and why you are here!”

    Comment by Eli Snyder — 23 November 2009 @ 2:31 AM

  140. Duke C. permalink
    November 25, 2009 12:37 pm

    Slightly off topic- I apologize, Steve…

    There is an anomaly in the date/timestamp on every email i have checked so far to and from Phil Jones. Could be nothing, could be a bombshell.

    The mail server is located in Bristol, England (verified by a search) which is smack dab in the middle of Greenwich Mean Time. Ground zero. Yet, the date/timestamp on every email ( shows GMT minus 4 hours, which is the timezone for the eastern US. I verified this by converting the .txt file name from unix epoch to conventional date/time.

    How is this possible? Did the tech guy forget to set the internal clock on the mail server? not likely. Were the FOIA email files compiled on a server in the US then uploaded to the Russian server? Was the whisleblower located in the United States??

    A lot of questions here…

    This is not my area of expertise. Perhaps there are readers here who Know about IT forensic examinations…

  141. Steve in SC permalink
    November 25, 2009 12:47 pm

    Wonder if the CRU network administrator is competent?
    If he is, then there should be backup tapes and disks of the entire CRU network with all the emails that were deleted. Question is will the UEA folks stonewall to protect one of their own or will the bus run over the herr Dr Professor?

  142. theduke permalink
    November 25, 2009 1:11 pm

    Just saw a report on Fox News. Kevin Trenborth v. Myron Ebell moderated by Jon Scott. Snippets:

    Trenborth: release was an illegal act; cherry-picking emails [no detectable irony]; stand by my emails; consensus science still stands.

    Ebell: Not hacking–was a whistle-blower who was fed up; although not culpable in these emails, K.T. is part of the gang that is; cooking the data; they’ve shown no honor, now they have no sense of shame; won’t admit the data is fudged; so shameful.

    Scott: reads Santer’s email threatening violence:

    Trenborth: Santer’s email doesn’t compromise the data; the doubts found in emails have been openly expressed previously; etc; consensus still stands.

    Trenborth is a sharp, good-looking guy. Did a good job defending his personal position, which of course, is not nearly as jeopardized as the others, i.e. Mann and Jones and Santer. They are lucky to have him out there blunting the attack. Ebell is an attack dog, and was also persuasive in discrediting climate science as a corrupt movement.

  143. November 25, 2009 1:22 pm

    Roger Pielke senior points out another falsehood in Jones’s statement. Unfortunately Roger hasn’t quite read what Jones wrote correctly, but it’s still a falsehood (Jones said the groups were completely independent, Roger interpreted it as saying the temperature series were independent).

  144. November 25, 2009 1:24 pm

    snip Carol Browner was quoted in the Washington Times as saying, “She also said the e-mails are only trickling out, and that the entire set hasn’t been released.”

    How would she know?

  145. Lee Parsons permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:35 pm

    Looks like they (CRU) won’t have to worry about deleting or removing content in future emails. At this time emails sent to and other contact staff emails listed on the CRU Staff page are being rejected. – The CRU page is also listed as being served by an emergency webserver! I wonder what the emergency is?


  146. Jue Wang permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:48 pm

    FYI, some comments on the emails from the Union of Concerned Scientists here:

    Evidently, they’re not very concerned.

  147. Follow the Money permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:50 pm

    Lots of blowhards have said the same. The leaker said the release was a portion. More to come? Who knows. Browner is the only person who thinks the other emails will exonerate–hangin’ on to HOPE.

  148. brent_ns permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:54 pm

    Let the climate debate begin
    Peter Foster, Financial Post
    Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

    You’ve got to feel almost sorry for Elizabeth May and George Monbiot. The leader of the Green Party and the prominent columnist and promoter of catastrophic climate change from Britain’s Guardian are due, next Tuesday, to debate Danish academic Bjorn Lomborg and former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson in Toronto on climate change. In the latest Munk Debate, Messrs May and Monbiot will support the motion “Be it resolved climate change is mankind’s defining crisis, and demands a commensurate response.”

    They have to take the stage in the wake of the devastating hack/leak from Britain’s Climate Research Unit of the Hadley Centre at the University of East Anglia, which indicates extensive scientific chicanery to support the warmist cause.

  149. Jeff permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:15 pm

    It all depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.

  150. Eric permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:25 pm

    Jah Warrior, a light messenger, here to spread love and light! Something a friend once told me…

    OMG – That is too perfect and it seems that they do believe it. We have entered the stoney zonie.

    thanks, I will be chuckling about that one for a long time.

  151. Eric permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:26 pm

    I have long thought that you had to be high on mushrooms to resonate with the RealClimate vibe. Now this is confirmed.

    piling on, yes I know. But that is too good to pass up.

  152. HLx permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:40 pm

    There seem to be some criticism of Manns graphs on the internet. One of the most prominent is his proxy-based temperature reconstruction. Criticism has been particularily directed at his lack of proper uncertainty/error-bar, as can be seen in the following link:

    This is just plain wrong, as I happened to come over the REAL image on the internet. As you can see with a larger view you can easily make out the white uncertainty/error-bar against the light blue background:

  153. November 25, 2009 3:45 pm

    Is it my computer or are some of the emails from the eastangliaemails webpage not working?

  154. HLx permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:49 pm

    Seems like they are working, wonder if there was only an attachment and no text in the document.

  155. dan permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:15 pm

    Has anyone ever determined who Harry is?

  156. Duke C. permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:21 pm

    contents of 1075403821.txt:

    From: Phil Jones
    Subject: Fwd: John L. Daly dead
    Date: Thu Jan 29 14:17:01 2004

    From: Timo Hämeranta
    Subject: John L. Daly dead
    Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 12:04:28 +0200
    X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.4510
    Importance: Normal

    In an odd way this is cheering news ! One other thing about the CC paper – just found
    another email – is that McKittrick says it is standard practice in Econometrics journals
    to give all the data and codes !! According to legal advice IPR overrides this.


    “It is with deep sadness that the Daly Family have to announce the sudden death of John
    Daly.Condolences may be sent to John’s email account (

    Reported with great sadness

    Timo Hämeranta

    Timo Hämeranta, LL.M.
    Moderator, Climatesceptics
    Martinlaaksontie 42 B 9
    01620 Vantaa
    Finland, Member State of the European Union


    Home page: [1]

    Moderator of the discussion group “Sceptical Climate Science”

    “To dwell only on horror scenarios of the future
    shows only a lack of imagination”. (Kari Enqvist)

    “If the facts change, I’ll change my opinion.
    What do you do, Sir” (John Maynard Keynes)


    Prof. Phil Jones
    Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
    School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
    University of East Anglia
    Norwich Email
    NR4 7TJ



  157. HLx permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:22 pm

    How come that both the national (for me norwegian) and international search engine of Google do not suggest “climategate” with other associated wordings to any extent?


    Also, on the norwegian search there is no suggestion even of “climategate” at all!!!

  158. Shona permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:34 pm

    Dunno, depends if it’s Harry or not …

    Someone has pointed out that UEA has a computer science department. It must be fairly buzzing over there.

  159. Shona permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:45 pm

    I was was thinking that: what were their actual qualifications. I don’t see that they are competent to do what they do.

    No training in botany: plants are surprisingly tolerant to temperatures, but very sensitive to things like water, light, draught etc.

    No training apparently in statistics.

    Certainly none in computer programming, database building.

    I think they were just chugging along and then got caught in the headlights of the Gore juggernaut.

  160. AKD permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:49 pm

    Quotes from Christy and Curry in this NPR story:

  161. Marie Elks permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:50 pm

    May I ask a stupid question? If the tree rings “diverge” over the past 50 years, why assume they converge before before they diverge? Doesn’t it make more sense to assume that if the rings don’t converge in the last 50 years, they’ve never converged at any point?

  162. Arthur Dent permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:54 pm

    I was somewhat amazed to find this rather frank admission in an emalil from Cook to Briffa on Wednesday, 3 September 2003 07:32:11 : Filename: 1062592331.txt

    Without trying to prejudice this work, but also because of what I
    almost think I know to be the case, the results of this study will
    show that we can probably say a fair bit about 100 year variability was like with any certainty (i.e. we know
    with certainty that we know f-all).

    Of course, none of what I have proposed has addressed the issue of
    seasonality of response. So what I am suggesting is strictly an
    empirical comparison of published 1000 year NH reconstructions
    because many of the same tree-ring proxies get used in both seasonal
    and annual recons anyway. So all I care about is how the recons
    differ and where they differ most in frequency and time without any
    direct consideration of their TRUE association with observed

  163. Dude permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:01 pm

    Posted this on WUWT:

    “sounds good Phil, I agree on the forecast. I think its at least
    ‘plausible’ ;)”

    I think there is plenty of ‘context’ there, don’t you? 😉

  164. November 25, 2009 5:20 pm

    For those with the CRU files I ran across some real data in a zip file (containing more zip files):

    Enjoy – AJStrata

  165. Huub Bakker permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:38 pm

    Since this is being moderated I’ll correct the small mistakes in my original, hurried post.

    We have a smoking gun here in New Zealand!

    I’ve just downloaded the report from the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition website at

    Data at NIWA here has been altered in the official record to produce a fake warming trend. The temperature data from the weather stations does not match that on public record.

    “Dr Jim Salinger (who no longer works for NIWA) started this graph in the 1980s when he was at CRU (Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, UK) and it has been updated with the most recent data. It’s published on NIWA’s website at and in their climate-related publications.”

    And we see a link to UEA as well! Golly.

  166. checker22 permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:49 pm

    The amusing (if it weren’t so serious) thing is that the major focus of current concern is nothing to do with “climate science” ( which can never aspire to the levels of precision needed to establish a causal link between CO2 and warming trends (if they exist)). The issues are undergraduate engineering levels of competence required in treatment of data and creation/management of data bases.

    So much trouble has been caused by the attempts to merge proxy historical data with more current measurements using arithmetic/statistical techniques which are opaque to an inquiring world. Why not just leave the series separate and allow the world to decide whether it tells a compelling story?

    I think, bit by bit, these guys got sucked into something that became too big to handle and too big to exit from without career/life threatening consequences. You occasionally see the same thing happening in business and it always ends in tears!

  167. RomanM permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:58 pm

    The e-mail relelease finally made in into CNN’s US evening newscast this evening (just a couple of minutes ago) . The explanations of the emails and related events offered by the journalists was absolutely atrocious.

    They tried to relate it to the upcoming Compenhagen meetings, but at least they didn’t try to justify that this didn’t affect the undeniability of AGW. They did show the results of polls that belief in AGW was slipping (mainly among Republicans?). A clip of Al Gore in a sitcom (somewhat parodying himself) and Imhofe decrying AGW alarmism was also included.

    For a “news” item, it was all over the place.

  168. RomanM permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:18 pm

    Here is a link to more information on (NOT the item I viewed earlier):

  169. Mike Lorrey permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:18 pm

    There is only an apparent decline in emails if you use more than 2 email PCA’s. Everybody knows that 2 email PCA’s is robust.

  170. Follow the Money permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:21 pm

    It seems (to me) to be a new low in politics to have a “congressional report” generated specifically to question unquestioned science.


    Your last comment seems to reflect a belief that it is scurrilous to
    “question unquestioned science”. Wouldn’t there seem to be a long
    honored history of exactly this type of action, both before and after
    Einstein? Or perhaps I’m misinterpreting your remarks.

    Funny stuff

  171. Doug Badgero permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:54 pm

    Regarding the Mann hockey stick and the “trick”:

    The real issue with the trick is that UEA considers the early data (pre 1850) to be an accurate proxy for temperature in the first place. If you look at the blade of the stick, the total warming is about .6 to .8C. This is consistent with what everyone agrees is the warming since c.1850. No surprise, since they used the actual temperature record to create the stick after that date. The real inaccuracy of the stick is the idea that proxy data that is demonstrably wrong after 1850 is somehow right before 1850. This is borne out by Steve M’s work that shows an R squared of .02 for the tree ring data.

  172. November 25, 2009 7:15 pm

    That is one of the most interesting emails, someone at the end of their tether, trying to get some real science done, even though he believes it will end their field of study.

    Sadly, kind of different to what he says in public 3 years later (1142469228.txt)…

    “I am not aware of ANY evidence that demonstrates the occurrence of large-scale “divergence” between tree growth and climate prior to the 20th century.”

    I suppose I a not aware of any evidence could be the same as we know f-all..

  173. Matt H permalink
    November 25, 2009 8:14 pm

    There was no decline in the number of e-mails. In fact, a statement by the UEA says that the number of e-mails was “likely the highest in the last 500 years”.

  174. Geoff permalink
    November 25, 2009 8:59 pm

    Exact match results

    You searched for deleted loads of emails

    There were 0 results for the exact phrase deleted loads of emails, see below for more results.

  175. Bob Koss permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:21 pm

    Is your computer in the eastern time zone?

    Times looks OK to me without doing any conversion.
    The last part of the date line references local to UTC time difference.

    From: Michael Mann
    Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 12:12:55 -0400

    From: Ben Santer
    Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:41:44 -0700

    From: Phil Jones
    Date: Fri Jul 31 08:59:22 2009

  176. Fai Mao permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:38 pm

    “I simply dispair of these people or perhaps I despair of simple people.”


    May I use that quote? What a wonderful line!

  177. Buddenbrook permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:46 pm

    That is a terrific article from Willis Eschenbach. It deserves maximum exposure. In my humble opinion it is the most important and most telling piece written on this scandal so far. It would be nice to have it as a guest blog here on CA, as surely many mainstream journos are now following CA, but may not venture onto the less read blogs.

    By the way why is Susan Solomon a recipient in many of the confidential emails in which they plot their FOI refusal plans? She is a very influential figure in IPCC. What is her role in all this?

  178. November 25, 2009 10:08 pm

    Make your point at the BBC might help to clean up the science here

  179. November 25, 2009 11:33 pm

    Need I say thanks again? Yes. Thank you Mr. McIntyre.

    Steve, could you perhaps put up a list of any scientists who did not sacrifice their integrety.

    I try to keep up, but it aint easy.



  180. Bill Drissel permalink
    November 26, 2009 12:25 am

    What kind of technological illiterate imagines that anything he can do from his keyboard will delete email – from the local mailserver, the ISP, any of the, say 100, machines that forwarded the mail? I pass by without mention NSA and RSE.

    Bill Drissel
    Grand Prairie, TX

  181. jaymam permalink
    November 26, 2009 1:17 am

    Geoff, there is a linefeed between “deleted loads of” and “emails”.
    Try a search for “deleted loads of”
    I get two results.

  182. Duke C. permalink
    November 26, 2009 1:29 am

    Bob Koss wrote:
    “Is your computer in the eastern time zone?

    Times looks OK to me without doing any conversion.
    The last part of the date line references local to UTC time difference.

    From: Michael Mann
    Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 12:12:55 -0400

    From: Ben Santer
    Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:41:44 -0700

    From: Phil Jones
    Date: Fri Jul 31 08:59:22 2009”

    Bob, every 10 digit file name is a time stamp, and that’s where the descrepancy lies.
    It’s in Unix Epoch Time which is the number of seconds that have transpired since
    Jan. 1, 1970 00:00:00 GMT.

    I converted your 3 examples to illustrate:

    GMT: Tue, 19 May 2009 16:12:55 UTC

    From: Michael Mann
    To: Phil Jones
    Subject: Re: nomination: materials needed!
    Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 12:12:55 -0400

    GMT: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 22:41:44 UTC

    From: Ben Santer
    To: “Thomas R. Karl”
    Subject: Re: [Fwd: Re: [Fwd: concerns about the Southeast chapter]]
    Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:41:44 -0700
    GMT: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:59:22 UTC

    From: Phil Jones
    To: “Thorne, Peter (Climate Research)”
    Subject: See below
    Date: Fri Jul 31 08:59:22 2009

    Notice anything strange?
    The 10 digit Unix timestamps are all offset by 4 hours.
    I had it backwards previously. It’s not GMT -4 hours (Eastern Standard Time)
    It’s GMT +4 hours. Central Russia time.
    Every email I’ve checked thus far has the same 4 hour offset.

    I don’t think it’s possible that the files were re-stamped when they were uploaded to the Russian proxy server. It’s already been established that the server was located in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia which is GMT +3. So we have a bit of a mystery here.

    A British reporter is now claiming he had the emails a month ago. If that’s true, it would be revealing to know what those filenames are.

  183. JMM permalink
    November 26, 2009 2:01 am

    Mr. McIntyre- The May 29, 2008 exchange between Mann and Jones (where Jones asks for e-mail deletion) indicates their opinion that if you actually discovered “the 1945 problem” it would be WSJ worthy. That may be sarcasm, but it strikes me as a rather frank admission that the 1945 problem is a “news problem” not just a “science problem.” Apologies if this has been covered.

    And if I might, I would leave this post at the top of this site and recommend that everyone forward the link to their local media outlet. The facial contradiction is begging for investigation. Frankly, it’s journalistic malpractice to see the juxtaposition and not follow-up on it.

  184. November 26, 2009 4:33 am

    Duke C, that’s interesting. But GMT +4 is very odd, because if you look at a time zone map there are only two very tiny areas of Russia on GMT +4, plus Georgia and Azerbaijan.

    The comments of the British reporter have been widely misinterpreted. He’s just saying that he got the few emails that related to his article, not the whole package.

  185. November 26, 2009 10:26 am

    After Steve’s original request for the original data behind the CRU temperature series was turned down it was revealed that it had been “lost” and only the “value added” data remained. Given the machinations revealed by the emails could it be that the CRU realised that releasing this data would demonstrate what Harry’s log appears to suggest, that the numbers had been massaged to give an appearance of global warming, and that far from being lost the data had been destroyed to remove any evidence. Since Harry appears to have been working from 2006 to 2009 and to have had access to at least some original data it may be that the data had not been “lost” just “mislaid”.

    Incidentally under “people” the CRU lists:
    Mr. Ian (Harry) Harris Email RoomCRU0.05 Phone3818
    (Publications) Dendroclimatology, climate scenario development, data manipulation and visualisation, programming.
    Is he the HARRY?

  186. mlsimon permalink
    November 26, 2009 10:43 am

    I am not familiar with any Heidi Cline person.

  187. Duke C. permalink
    November 26, 2009 11:08 am

    Thanks. I stand corrected. Nevertheless, it would be useful if we had the filenames, even if he has just few of those emails. If any readers know how to contact that reporter please post here…

  188. Chas permalink
    November 26, 2009 3:03 pm

    Crowley on BBC’s Radio4 ‘Material World’ program discussing Climategate
    re. deletion ‘I dont think that phil would do that’

  189. MikeE permalink
    November 26, 2009 9:03 pm

    Crowley: Would that be the same Crowley who wrote this in letters, Guardian, 26 Nov 2009? :-

    “• Since climate sceptics seem in no way bothered by the legality or morality of hacking into someone’s personal email, does that mean it is alright to hack into the sceptics’ sites? Might there even be legal justification, under freedom of information acts, to check for evidence for collusion or illegal activities of those “opposing global warming”? It would be highly revealing to read what climate “sceptic” sites contained. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander …

    Thomas Crowley

    University of Edinburgh”

    I sent this to the letters page (unlikely to be printed):

    “In concentrating on the supposed illegality or immorality of the
    acquisition of the emails and data from the University of East Anglia
    Climate Research Unit, Thomas Crowley (letters, 26th November 2009) is
    in danger of shooting the messenger and ignoring the message.

    As far as I know there is so far no proof that this was a hack from the
    outside and several reasons to suppose it might have been a leak from
    the inside, for example from someone who disapproved of the attempt by
    certain individuals to flout requests made under the Freedom of
    Information Act.

    Most cases of leaking raise questions of ethics on the part of leaker(s)
    and recipient(s). Given the nature of what has now been revealed, it
    seems clear to me that the benefit to public knowledge and scrutiny that
    has resulted far outweighs any questions about the morality of the means
    of obtaining the information. Disclosure should be the norm in any
    self-respecting scientific research, especially that which potentially
    may affect the lives of us all.”

  190. Robert Wood permalink
    November 28, 2009 10:26 pm

    Please Sir? (Hand up as far as it can reach from the back of the class) can I use the L-word now??!!

    Like post-factum you know.

  191. November 29, 2009 1:15 am

    snip – too angry

  192. Fai Mao permalink
    November 29, 2009 6:02 am

    What “L” word would that be Robert?

    I’m a librarian and get touchy about such things

  193. December 2, 2009 10:29 am

    At last the mouthpiece of the British government, that once venerable institution the BBC, grows some stones and speaks candidly on ClimateGate in a well-considered article on their website….

    Mike Hulme and Jerome Ravetz ( famous for the quote:”Wherever there’s a system, there’s a racket to beat it.”) have been granted a momentous public platform to plead the case for reform of the scientific process. In a clear acknowledgement to the invaluable public service that the blogosphere ( most obviously Climate Audit and Wattsupwiththat) the very thoughtful and wordy piece knocks into a cocked hat all the usual drivel written by most ‘environment correspondents’ from the mainstream media.

    At last there appears a chink of light to guide the public out of the murk created by the IPCC and vested political lobbyists.

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