London: Scientists at a top British
research unit embroiled in a row over climate research were
cleared of dishonesty today but their lack of openness was
Climate change sceptics claimed hacked emails showed the
scientists had manipulated and suppressed key data to support
a theory of man-made climate change.
The row was sparked when hundreds of emails were hacked
from the servers of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in
eastern England and posted online.
But the concerns were largely dismissed by the report.
The Independent Climate Change Email Review found
nothing in the emails to undermine reports from the United
Nations` climate change panel.
"On the specific allegations made against the behaviour
of CRU scientists, we find that their rigour and honesty as
scientists are not in doubt," the review concludes.
But the review into the "climategate" affair found the
scientists at the university`s climatic research unit (CRU)
had not been sufficiently open about their studies.
"There has been a consistent pattern of failing to
display the proper degree of openness," the review concluded,
pointing out that scientists had failed to meet requests made
under Britain`s Freedom of Information legislation.