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UEA’s climatic unit director steps down

Prof Phil Jones (left) and Prof Tim Osborn (right). Pic: University of East Anglia.

Prof Phil Jones (left) and Prof Tim Osborn (right). Pic: University of East Anglia.

University of East Anglia

The scientist who has led the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit for 18 years is stepping down.

Climatologist Prof Phil Jones, who was at the centre of the Climategate row over hacked emails, will be succeeded by Prof Timothy Osborn.

Prof Osborn, who has worked at the UEA since 1990, said: “UEA provides a superb environment for climate research and so it is a privilege for me to become the Climatic Research Unit’s next director of research.

“I’m looking forward to leading our pioneering climate research, establishing with greater certainty the details of how and why the Earth’s climate is changing and the consequences for the future.”

Prof Jones has published more than 400 research papers over 35 years. His work monitoring the world’s global temperature has been recognised with a string of awards, including from the European Geophysical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society.

He said: “Research in climate change has come on in leaps and bounds during my career.

“When I joined the Climatic Research Unit in 1976, research in the subject was just beginning, but today it is an essential consideration for any future planning.

“It is good to know that the leadership of the Climatic Research Unit is in excellent hands.

“I am not leaving UEA, but will continue my research on a part-time basis.”

Prof Jones made national headlines in 2009, when UEA emails were hacked in what became known as Climategate.

Climate change sceptics claimed the content of the emails showed that scientists were manipulating data.

But a string of committees found no evidence of fraud or scientific misconduct.

21 comments

  • Another one who did very well out of the 'man made' Climate Change wheeze Huge taxpayer subsidies, now no doubt a taxpayer funded pension 'Climategate' was another day they got caught out but the establishment always comes to rescue them. Just one bit of stupidity, Ed Miliband's Climate Change Act, is costing poor taxpayers £300 bn http:www.thegwpf.orgcontentuploads201612CCACost-Dec16.pdf 'The fact that the UK is the only country to have set a carbon dioxide reduction target in legislation no doubt gives the promoters a warm glow of righteousness He also describes how the renewables regime operates in a way that is extremely regressive, with the better-off – those who own large properties and extensive land – pocketing most of the subsidies paid for by poorer households' After the removal of DECC some thought May had caught onto how we are being ripped off

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    J Smith

    Wednesday, December 28, 2016

  • Ok Ed Shar How many climate scientists are employed and what is the size of the fortune that could be saved?

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    Alchemist

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Have a look at this comprehensive info-site http:www.use-due-diligence-on-climate.org bullet point facts plus clear explanations, I’m working my way through it, & so far it seems well researched & well referenced.

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    saveenergy

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • @ Alchemist: "the first estimate from economic modelling" Why should we have faith in their *first* model attempting to predict the impact of the outcome of a coupled non-linear chaotic system, when IPCC Third Assessment Report (2001), Section 14.2.2.2 concludes that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible? An example is the inability of multiple runs by multiple CGMs to correctly predict just current temperature.

    Dr J Christy's temperature chart presented to U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology Feb 2016

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    Ron Hughes

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • " There is no evidence that working to mitigate climate change actually costs the taxpayer much at all. " While I wouldn't say most climate scientists are well paid necessarily there are just so many of them. A fortune could be saved by putting 97% of them on welfare.

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    Ed Shar

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Where do they get this numbers ? If these economic projections turn out to be half as accurate as the fantastic climate modelling projections they'll be doing well.

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    Ed Shar

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Ron Hughes, "Climate change could cut the value of the world’s financial assets by $2.5tn (£1.7tn), according to the first estimate from economic modelling. In the worst case scenarios, often used by regulators to check the financial health of companies and economies, the losses could soar to $24tn, or 17% of the world’s assets, and wreck the global economy." LSE Study from 2016. And you are worried about £765? In addition, the figures you so selectively quote do not mention the savings through mitigation strategies. There is a cost and value argument here - but have it your way. If you want to believe it is not worth it then that is fine.

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    Alchemist

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • @ "beeston bump" - Peer review is not much use when it's being done by others busy milking the gravy train. Even the great man himself admits to trying to pervert the process: “Kevin and I will keep skeptic papers out of IPCC somehow – even if we have to redefine what peer-review literature is” – Phil Jones ~ Climategate Emails. As for the old "97% of scientists" claim - surely you've heard that it was a figure attributed to arch warmist John Cook, which has long been discredited. When others examined his data they found that of the 11,944 abstracts which Cook et al examined, only 64 claimed explicitly that humans are the main cause of global warming. The bulk (7970) of respondents held no view either way. Not exactly "97%" is it? And yet that bogus number has been seized on by all the doom and gloom merchants, as well as politicians the world over. It just shows how gullible people like you can be.

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    David Ward

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Larson, wow praise indeed - you'll have see my bigknickers one day - in the meantime at you can get my name right!! I stand by what I said, so forget the season of goodwill!!

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Surely we don't know if global warming is real until we have a referendum? The same for leaving the EU......we had 95% of experts stating that leaving would be bad for the UK but our great people knew better........yes we need a referendum on global warming, get out of weather systems invented by foreigners, and take back control of British weather.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Climate Change is a great way for rich people to make a lot of money by talking, having massive lunches and signing pieces of paper and not actually having to do anything else. That's the true reality.

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    Resident Smith

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Alchemist: "There is no evidence that working to mitigate climate change actually costs the taxpayer much at all." Really? The total cost of Environmental Levies, Carbon reduction commitment, Warm home discount, Feed-in tariffs, Renewables obligation, Contracts for difference, & Capacity market for the next six years is £65 billion. Source: "Economic and fiscal outlook – November 2016"

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    Ron Hughes

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • @ Alchemist: "There is no evidence that working to mitigate climate change actually costs the taxpayer much at all. ........" Only if you consider ...... • Environmental taxes raised £44.6 billion in the UK in 2014. • Households paid an average of £765 in environmental taxes in 2012. ....... "not much at all" http:webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk20160105160709http:www.ons.gov.ukonsdcp171776_405555.pdf

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    Ron Hughes

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • If such a noted scientific expert as " bigknickers " says its all cobblers i think that must settle the matter.

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    Larson Whipsnade

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Climategate was not about hacked e-mails. It was about the unlawful witholding of information in contravention of the FOI Act. If you want our support in maintaining Press freedom, do try to get your facts right.

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    Arcate

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • I guess he'll join the board of some Incinerator Company maybe?

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    Resident Smith

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Tenchman, you are at odds with hundreds of peer reviewed papers and research, independent readings from all over the planet coming up with the same conclusions, and 97% of climate scientists around the world. So what is the evidence you are using to back up your view?

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    beeston bump

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Hopefully now we'll get some accurate forecasts, free of all this global warming cobblers! Well said Tenchman7.

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • I heard his leaving gift was a inscribed Hockey stick!

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    Tony

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Climate change affected by humans is not an opinion, it is strongly evidenced by information from a number of sources. So, for example, studies on ice cores from the Antarctic and Greenland shows that global temperatures do cycle but that cycling is on a much longer timescale than we are seeing now. There is no evidence that working to mitigate climate change actually costs the taxpayer much at all. If anything it improves efficiency, lowers costs and makes the UK more competitive.

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    Alchemist

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • No such thing as climate change! ,just a natural warming up and cooling down of the earth over periods of time.....Money for old rope prof Timothy Osborn. Too many people on this kind of gravy train thats costing "us" the taxpayer a fortune.

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    Tenchman7

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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