Phil Jones to temporarily step down as head of CRU

Well, I see no one takes my advice on anything!

The Associated Press

LONDON — Britain’s University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.

The university says Phil Jones will relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review into allegations that he worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.

The allegations were made after more than a decade of correspondence between leading British and U.S. scientists were posted to the Web following the security breach last month.

The e-mails were seized upon by some skeptics of man-made climate change as proof that scientists are manipulating the data about its extent.

But that does not mean I am wrong, check these fine words from Marc Morano:

One Down: ClimateGate Scientist Phil Jones to temporarily step down


When blood is in the water, the sharks will not go home to rest.

From CRU:

Professor Phil Jones has today announced that he will stand aside as Director of the Climatic Research Unit until the completion of an independent Review resulting from allegations following the hacking and publication of emails from the Unit.

Professor Jones said: “What is most important is that CRU continues its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible. After a good deal of consideration I have decided that the best way to achieve this is by stepping aside from the Director’s role during the course of the independent review and am grateful to the University for agreeing to this. The Review process will have my full support.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton said: “I have accepted Professor Jones’s offer to stand aside during this period. It is an important step to ensure that CRU can continue to operate normally and the independent review can conduct its work into the allegations.

“We will announce details of the Independent Review, including its terms of reference, timescale and the chair, within days. I am delighted that Professor Peter Liss, FRS, CBE, will become acting director.”

The AP story refers to “an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change” but I see no such specification in the CRU statement and of course there is nothing in the emails that suggests that may be the case.

The “hide the decline” remark will live on in its denialist interpretation until we have a new record high global temperature (and beyond).

102 thoughts on “Phil Jones to temporarily step down as head of CRU

  1. DW,

    So 772 individual scientists from 458 separate research institutions in 42 different countries have shown the MWP and LIA existed in some shape or form and the best you can come up with is the website i gave is a crock of shit and Idso is an idiot?

    Still, credit where credit is due, you did respond in some way Coby merely ignores this and simply repeats what i said about Latif.

    So yes Coby we all agree that Latif was saying that we are not warming now but fear not GW is still here and we will continue to warm in the future, i simply made a point (many times now) that he and others failed to predict this non warming phase and i dont share your confidence in his ability to predict the future with any more accuracy than what he has shown so far.


    I understand why you detest me so much, you are not Robinson Caruso on this point. As i stated in my opening paragraph the MWP and LIA where the excepted wisdom for many years and then along comes a NTH Hemi study using a handful of tree ring proxies which could not emulate the instrumental record, even with these short comings it still went through the IPCC review process as fast as a bad case of the runs and became the new wisdom on the last 1000 year temp record.

    It is easy to see why Jones et al faught so hard to keep the sticks secrets hidden as once they were exposed the stick fell apart so much so it would produce a stick shape from random noise.

    I can understand why you and others defend the stick even when faced with such a situation, as without the stick the modern WP as no more spectacular than the last. You would be required to explain the difference between the two and also what was behind the LIA, as the causes of these are still unknown your theory would fall on its face. So you need to defend the stick with all your might so you can continue to believe in your theory.

    Good luck with that Mandas.


  2. “So 772 individual scientists from 458 separate research institutions in 42 different countries have shown the MWP and LIA existed in some shape or form and the best you can come up with is the website i gave is a crock of shit and Idso is an idiot?” – Crakar

    The best I can come up with, is that I actually read a few of the studies, the warming is not synchronous and some of the studies cited show greater warming outside of the vaguely defined Medieval Warm Period.

    The facts are that the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age did indeed occur (not sure who actually disputed that) but that they were not global phenomenons. Discussed in this study:

    “Global temperatures are known to have varied over the past 1500 years, but the spatial patterns have remained poorly defined. We used a global climate proxy network to reconstruct surface temperature patterns over this interval. The Medieval period is found to display warmth that matches or exceeds that of the past decade in some regions, but which falls well below recent levels globally. This period is marked by a tendency for La Niña–like conditions in the tropical Pacific. The coldest temperatures of the Little Ice Age are observed over the interval 1400 to 1700 C.E., with greatest cooling over the extratropical Northern Hemisphere continents. The patterns of temperature change imply dynamical responses of climate to natural radiative forcing changes involving El Niño and the North Atlantic Oscillation–Arctic Oscillation.”

    Yes, the deniers favorite Paleoclimatologist was an author.

    Don’t know if the Idso’s are idiots, but they certainly are liars.


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