Hacked e-mail highlights climate dispute

NORWICH, England, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- E-mail stolen by hackers prove some leading British climate change scientists falsified information to prove their case, skeptics of global warming say.

The e-mail, allegedly hacked from East Anglia University in Norwich, England, have been published on Web sites run by climate change skeptics, including The Air Vent, The Times of London reported Saturday.


Hundreds of e-mail messages were stolen from the university's climate research unit, but it had yet to be determined how much of the information published on the skeptics' Web sites was genuine, the university said in a statement Friday.

Several of the messages allegedly were written by Phil Jones, head of the university's climate unit. One message, dated Nov. 16, 1999, referred to temperatures and a "trick" that could be used to "hide the decline," The New York Times reported Saturday.

Jones declined to comment on whether the message was genuine, The Times of London reported.

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