- Data for
vital ‘hockey stick graph’ has gone missing
- There has
been no global warming since 1995
periods have happened before – but NOT due to man-made changes
at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data
is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he
has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.
say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of
Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant
told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues
that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped
with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as
good as it should be’.
The data is
crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate
change advocates to support the theory.
also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval
times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made
And he said
that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically
will be seized on by sceptics as fresh evidence that there are serious
flaws at the heart of the science of climate change and the orthodoxy
that recent rises in temperature are largely man-made.
has been in the spotlight since he stepped down as director of the
University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit after the
leaking of emails that sceptics claim show scientists were manipulating
The raw data,
collected from hundreds of weather stations around the world and
analysed by his unit, has been used for years to bolster efforts
by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
to press governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
leak of the emails, Professor Jones has been accused of ‘scientific
fraud’ for allegedly deliberately suppressing information and
refusing to share vital data with critics.
the interview, the BBC’s environmental analyst Roger Harrabin
said he had spoken to colleagues of Professor Jones who had told
him that his strengths included integrity and doggedness but not
record-keeping and office tidying.
who conducted the interview for the BBC’s website, said the
professor had been collating tens of thousands of pieces of data
from around the world to produce a coherent record of temperature
has been used to produce the ‘hockey stick graph’ which
is relatively flat for centuries before rising steeply in recent