UN to probe climate email row

Panel on climate change to probe claims UK scientists manipulated global warming data.

    Pauchauri said the UN would not 'brush anything under the carpet' during the investigation [EPA]

    Pauchauri said: "We will certainly go into the whole lot and then we will take a position on it ... we certainly don't want to brush anything under the carpet."

    University probe

    Phil Jones, the director of the university's climatic unit, stepped down Tuesday pending the result of the institution's investigation.

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    East Anglia said its review will examine the emails and other information "to determine whether there is any evidence of the manipulation or suppression of data which is at odds with acceptable scientific practice".

    The theft of the emails and their publication online is likely to be a major source of debate at a major UN summit on global warming which begins on Monday in Copenhagen, the Danish capital. 

    Republicans in the House of Representatives in the United States grilled government scientists about the leaked emails during a hearing on Wednesday in Washington, but the scientists countered that the emails did not change the fact that the they believe the earth is warming.

    "The emails do nothing to undermine the very strong scientific consensus ... that tells us the earth is warming, that warming is largely a result of human activity," said Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    She said the emails do not address data from her agency or Nasa, the US space agency, which both keep independent climate records that show dramatic global warming.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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