An independent review of the faked climate statistics scandal revealed in leaked emails is set to start. Ex-civil servant Sir Muir Russell will head the probe into the e-mails leaked from the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in the UK last month.
According to Sir Muir, "Given the nature of the allegations it is right that someone who has no links to either the university or the climate science community looks at the evidence and makes recommendations based on what they find.
"My first task is to scope the project, gather the information I need and source the additional expertise that will be required in order to investigate fully the allegations that have been made."
Professor Phil Jones, formerly boss of the CRU, quit earlier this week after it was revealed that he and his department had apparently systematically faked climate data to ensure it fitted in with the accepted 'truth' of anthropogenic global warming and subsequently deleted the original raw data, making an audit of the figures impossible.
The emails appear to show a global conspiracy between proponents of man-made climate change to over-state the situation in order to receive billions of dollars in research funding. Two separate lawsuits alleging criminal fraud on the part of the CRU have been started by British and Canadian scientists.
The review will concentrate on the 'manipulation or suppression of data at odds with acceptable scientific practice'. In a statement, the University said the review will:
- Examine e-mail exchanges to determine whether there is evidence of suppression or manipulation of data at odds with acceptable scientific practice which 'may therefore call into question any of the research outcomes'.
- Review the CRU's policies and practices for acquiring, assembling, subjecting to peer review and disseminating data and research findings, and 'their compliance or otherwise with best scientific practice'.
- Review the CRU's compliance or otherwise with the UEA's policies and practices regarding requests under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations for the release of data.
- Review and make recommendations about the management, governance and security structures for the CRU and the security, integrity and release of the data it holds.
In a somewhat ironic coincidence, the CRU's website was today running on an emergency server, carrying the message "Some pages may be out of date. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible."