Thursday, May 3, 2012


cc: "Davies Trevor Prof (ENV)" <>, "Summers Brian Mr (REG)" <>, "Preece Alan Mr (MAC)" <>
date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 15:16:00 +0100
from: "Ogden Annie Ms (MAC)" <>
subject: FW: Climate Research Centre crisis spreads
to: "Briffa Keith Prof (ENV)" <>, "Jones Philip Prof (ENV)" <>

Dear Phil and Keith,
Marcus has just received this message below from the EDP environment correspondent. He is telling her he knows nothing about it (true, as he has just returned from China).

I have just dropped a note to the solicitor asking if she sees any problem in our warning her to be very cautious in how anything is phrased and issuing a statement along the following lines. (I think the last line would have to come directly from you Keith)

For info, still no response from the Spectator to the letter. I have rung three times (fist time PA told me message had been opened) and emailed. Solicitor is now looking closely at the piece in the Spectator to judge whether to send a solicitor's letter.
Best, Annie

Draft statement
Any implication that Professor Keith Briffa deliberately selected tree-ring data in order to manufacture evidence of recent dramatic warming in the Yamal region of northern Russia is completely false. A full rebuttal is published on the Climatic Research Unit's website.

This stems from a report on the Climate Audit blog site - a site for climate change sceptics. The blog's editor, Steve McIntyre, has produced an alternative history of tree-growth changes in the Yamal region by substituting some of the data used in Prof Briffa's published and peer-reviewed analysis, with recent data from a more localised origin than the data analysed by Prof Briffa. While McIntyre's selection produces a different result, it cannot be considered to be more authoritative.

This appears to be an attempt to discredit the work of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate talks.

Annie Ogden, Head of Communications,
University of East Anglia,
Norwich, NR4 7TJ.
Tel:+44 (0)1603 592764

-----Original Message-----
From: Armes Marcus Mr (VCO)
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 2:40 PM
To: Ogden Annie Ms (MAC)
Subject: FW: Climate Research Centre crisis spreads

Here it is Annie

-----Original Message-----
From: Greaves, Tara []
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:11 PM
To: Armes Marcus Mr (VCO)
Subject: FW: Climate Research Centre crisis spreads

Also, do you know anything about this?

-----Original Message-----
From: David_Robinson []
Sent: 19 October 2009 22:45
Subject: Climate Research Centre crisis spreads

I draw your attention to the growing international climate change scandal that is engulfing the CRU and dragging the reputation of it, and Norfolk, through the mud.

After several weeks of open criticism of the use of a particular, alledgedly flawed, CRU dataset there has been no attempted rebuttle by the CRU. Latest information suggests that dozens of 'peer reviewed' scientific papers that relied on the same dataset are now 'similarly flawed' and should be withdrawn. This, unfortunately, draws into question a fundamental part of the IPCC conclusion - namely, whether the recent global warming is in fact abnormal and hence attributable to man.

I think the continued silence by the CRU on this subject profoundly worrying given the importance of the topic.

Any light you can shed on this whole sorry story would be greatly in the public interest, especially given the Copenhagen summit fast approaching.

David Robinson
Sent via BlackBerry
David Robinson MSc
Blacklock and Bowers Limited

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