Penn State will look at climate change emails

Penn State has announced it will hold an inquiry into controversial climate change emails involving a university professor.

The professor in question, Michael Mann, said he has “nothing to hide” and welcomes the scrutiny.

Recently, hackers stole and released more than 1,000 e-mails sent and received by scientists at the Climate Research Unit of the University

of East Anglia in Britain. Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, was one of the e-mail recipients.

Critics of climate change have latched onto a few of the e-mails as evidence that Mann and other climate researchers hid data about global temperature drops and exaggerated warming trends.

One e-mail, from the East Anglia research unit director to Mann and two other scientists, particularly irks skeptics. Dated Nov. 16, 1999, it reads: “I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e. from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”

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