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Phil Jones responds to Climategate emails

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 01 March 2010

The boss of the research unit at the centre of the "Climategate" row over man-made emissions data, Phil Jones, is due to be quizzed by MPs. Watch the live stream of his interview here.

Professor Phil Jones, who heads the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), will appear before the Science and Technology Committee to answer questions on the disclosure of data from the world-renowned research centre.

The unit has been under fire since emails, which sceptics claimed showed evidence of scientists manipulating climate data, were hacked from the university's server and leaked online last year.

Prof Jones, who has stood aside from his post while two independent inquiries are conducted in the wake of the affair, will be joined by the university's vice chancellor Professor Edward Acton to defend the research centre against the allegations.

Prof Jones has previously said he "absolutely" stands by the science his centre has produced, labelling suggestions of a conspiracy to alter evidence to support a theory of man-made climate change as "complete rubbish".

He has insisted the research unit never manipulated or deleted data or emails to support the evidence of climate change it was producing.

The university said in a submission to the committee, which is investigating the disclosure of climate data from the unit, ahead of the hearing it "strongly rejected" accusations that it had manipulated or selected figures to exaggerate global warming.

UEA also denied suggestions that it had breached Freedom of Information rules by refusing to release raw data.
And it insisted the CRU had not lost any primary data gathered from monitoring stations around the world.
According to the submission, allegations that scientists hid flaws and research findings were the result of misunderstandings of technical jargon or statistical analysis.

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