November 27, 2009
[efoods]Climate change scientists are on the defensive after hackers broke into a server of a British climate research centre over the weekend and posted hundreds of private emails that appear to show scientists have overstated the threat of man-made global warming.
On Saturday, the University of East Anglia, in eastern England, said in a statement the hackers had entered the server and stolen data at its Climatic Research Unit, a leading global research centre on climate change.
The hackers reportedly stole more than a decade of correspondence between leading British and U.S. scientists, and posted about 1,000 emails and 3,000 documents on websites.
Skeptics of climate science have seized on the documents â€” at least some of which have been confirmed as authentic â€” as evidence that some scientists have overstated the case for global warming and have attempted to manipulate data.