Monday, June 11, 2012


cc: "Sear, Chris (CEOSA)" <>, "Warrilow, David (CEOSA)" <>, "Munro, Paul (CEOSA)" <>
date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 13:35:43 +0100
from: "Thorpe, Jo (CEOSA)" <>
subject: CONFIDENTIAL: Response to David Holland
to: "Phil Jones" <>, "Mitchell, John FB (Chief Scientist)" <>

Dear John and Phil,

Defra has received a letter from David Holland regarding the `hockey stick' graph and its
handling by the IPCC. We have drafted a short response, and would be grateful if you could
read it and send us any comments you have. In particular, we would like to know whether you
are happy with the penultimate paragraph (thereby justifying the final comment about advice
from Met Office/CRU). Please also let me know if you feel that we should include any more
information in defence of the hockey stick, including a more comprehensive discussion of
the latest paper by Mann et al. (my instinct is that it would be best to avoid this in
order to discourage further communication, but let me know if you feel otherwise).

I have attached the letter from David Holland for your information - please treat this as
strictly confidential. It would be very helpful if you could provide comments by Wednesday
next week so that we can respond before the deadline.

Many thanks for your help,

Jo Thorpe

<<20080925_Letter to Holland.doc>> <<Letter from David Holland.TIF>>


Joanna Thorpe

Climate Science and Stratospheric Ozone Team

Climate, Energy and Ozone: Science and Analysis (CEOSA) Division

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Zone 3E, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AL

Tel: 0207 238 3384

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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