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New ‘Climategate’ E-Mails Are Released by Hacker

A hacker has released a second round of e-mails from climate scientists, according to several news reports, that portray climate-change researchers in an unflattering light. The leak, coming just before a United Nations climate conference in South Africa, appears designed to undercut the researchers’ credibility at those talks. The Guardian quoted Michael E. Mann, director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Pennsylvania State University and the apparent author of some of the e-mails, as saying, “Well, they look like mine, but I hardly see anything that appears damning at all.” Yet an e-mail quoted by the climate-change-skeptic blog Air Vent, and attributed to an official at a British meteorological group, said that “I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run.” Officials at the University of East Anglia, source of the first leak two years ago, told the Associated Press that the e-mails appear to be from the same 2009 batch.

For more, see this Chronicle article.

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