Professor behind leaked climate change emails steps down

University of East Anglia professor Phil Jones is to stand aside as director of the Climatic Research Unit while a review into leaked emails takes place.

Professor Jones is at the centre of a worldwide media storm over emails appearing to show data around climate change was altered.

He is standing down while an independent investigation takes place into his actions and the hacking and subsequent publication of his emails.

Making the announcement last night, he 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.”

Luke Walsh

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