As someone with a background in teaching Geography, both in the class room and, extensively, in the field I have a broad interest in environmental matters. Although this is the case I’ve had little to say about climate change as such, in fact I’m more interested in the way all environmental processes are influenced by human activity and in turn have impacts on society, culture and our capacity to lead healthy productive lives as a species.
Over the past 24 hours I’ve become aware that hackers have breached security at the University of East Anglia and have hacked into emails and documents, exchanged by some climate scientists , over a ten year period. Initial reports from some sources, insisted that it was the Hadley Centre, part of the UK Met, that had been hacked. It isn’tclear whether this was mere confusion or an attempt to associate the Hadley Centre with the breach as well.
The emails were initially uploaded to a Russian server and accessible through FTP. Climate change sceptics claim the leaked emails are evidence of collusion among scientists
Several sentences out of hundreds, if not thousand of emails are being used in an attempt to suggest that scientists are attempting to hide the facts.
One can only speculate about the motives of people who would seek to malign and discredit researchers.
The university has responded in general terms. There is also an interesting response to hacking of the emails on climate change at Real Climate
I have much more to say on this and will post again later today.