In the past few days a major scandal in climate science has developed. Someone hacked in to the files of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) based at the University of East Anglia, in England (aka Hadley CRU). The CRU has been a major proponent of anthropogenic global warming and a principal in report preparation for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

More than 1,000 internal emails and several reports from CRU have been posted on the internet and the blogosphere has gone wild with the implications of the revealed messages. Dr. Phil Jones, head of CRU, confirmed that his organization has been hacked and that the emails are accurate.

The emails reveal a concerted effort on the part of a small group of scientists to manipulate data, suppress dissent, and foil the dissemination of the information by “losing” data and skirting Britain’s Freedom of Information Act. The emails reveal that the contention that there is dangerous human-induced global warming, is not supported by the data, that those supporting that contention knew it, and sought to control the discussion so as to hide the unreliable nature of what they were claiming.

This revelation should be noted by policy makers since it undermines the justification for control of carbon dioxide emissions.

Comment by Dr. Roy Spencer on the incident:

While it is too early to tell just yet, there seems to be considerable … evidence that data have been hidden or destroyed to avoid Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) data requests; data have been manipulated in order to get results that best suit the pro-anthropogenic global warming agenda of the IPCC; e-mails that contain incriminating discussions are being deleted. And, on the bright side, we skeptics seem to be quite a thorn in the side of the IPCC.

In reading these e-mails from the ‘other side’ of the scientific debate I am particularly amazed at the mind set of a few of these scientists. I exchange e-mails with other like-minded (read ‘skeptical’) scientists, as do the IPCC scientists with their peers. But never do I hear of anyone manipulating climate data to achieve a certain end. I must say that I am pleased to see that NCAR scientist Kevin Trenberth admits that it is a “travesty” that no one can explain the lack of global warming in recent years. See: See a follow-up blog:



You can read some of the news stories here:

London Telegraph:

Guardian (UK):

Canada Free Press: This one names a prominent University of Arizona professor as being involved.

Herald Sun, Australia: Phoenix:

This article shows several of the emails including one from Phil Jones that says in part how he hid the decline in proxy temperature data and appended other data to produce the infamous “hockey stick” graph.

Here is access to a searchable database of the emails:

Note to readers of Many RealClimate bloggers are principals in the scandal.

This is story is still unfolding. The next few weeks should be interesting.


  1. More interesting is what is not contained in the emails. There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to ‘get rid of the MWP’, no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no ‘marching orders’ from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords. The truly paranoid will put this down to the hackers also being in on the plot though.
    The CRU hack
    I hope this doesn’t mean the hackers will get the Nobel you deserve. I blame the Masons – or the TriLateral Commisssion

    1. If you read the Canada Free Press story you will see that there was an attempt to get rid of MWP.

  2. Wild!  I look forward to seeing how this is gonna shake out.  You might yet be declared the “one sane man”, Jonathan.

  3. Jonathan, I am a little disappointed in you right at the start of looking into this.  You quote a Dr. Roy Spencer without explaining who he is and when I look into this, I find out that he is a proponent of intelligent design?  Come on, Jonathan.  Now who’s manipulating the data?  Right away, what he says will have no credibility.  You couldn’t find someone better to quote?

  4. I followed the links provided.  The London Telegraph link is non-functional this morning.  The Canada Free Press has a banner across the top counting down the days until President Obama leaves office.  The Herald Sun link leads to an opinion piece by a conservatve columnist.  The Guardian and Examiner links are the best of the bunch. 
    What I read out of this is a bunch of single sentences taken out of context; the meaning and intent of which sentences is far from clear.  I can see how they can be interpreted by conspiracy theorists and climate change skeptics as significant, but that is an example of finding what you were determined to find in the first place.  Most damning in the conversations is that these scientists seem to feel they are under siege by climate change skeptics determined to use any means necessary to undermine the evidence.  

    All in all, Jonathan, what I see convinces more of the existence of a conspiracy to hijack the debate than a conspiracy to distort the evidence.  As I’ve said before, I think you are not being as objective in your skepticism as you would like us to believe. 

  5. Typical of the left, leftfield hurries to change the subject  the moment he sees that a valid point has been made by those who have not been fooled.
    Jonathan, thank you for staying the course all these years!

    1. I think it is you who seeks to change the subject.  I looked into Jonathan’s recommended sources for more information and found them wanting in support for his contention.  You, on the other hand, have decided to broaden the discussion into a general attack on the left.

  6. “Nightline” did a story about Dr. Jones about three months ago. If I am not mistaken, he contends that the earth warms naturally and he was able to predict the future weather. If I am wrong somebody please correct me. If these people were trying to destroy his work then this is far, far more important than we think. This is a terrorist act in many ways.

  7. This story has been reported mainly by the more conservative press, but there was a story in the Arizona Daily Star today.   You can follow the link to read the emails yourself, but you have to be familiar with climate science and its jargon to really follow what transpired and realize its significance.

    1. OK, I’ll watch the media on this.  So far, it doesn’t seem to be the climate wars equivalent of Watergate, but who knows where it will lead?  Could be very interesting; I’ll withhold judgement.

  8. i guess the fact that the earth has been cooling for the last five years is not proof that global warming caused by man is b.s.

  9. I have expected proof to surface all the way back to the Dupont family picketing the Congress re: ozone depletion. They admitted they lied as they were losing the patent for R-12 Freon. Has R-134A had an positive affect? Don’t know? You’re right. We have stopped talking about ozone and went right for the warming carbon footprint. That way there is really nobody like Mr Dupont to try to shut up.

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