A number of private emails allegedly between climate change scientists have been leaked, apparently in a bid to disrupt an upcoming climate summit in Durban that starts on Monday, according to reports at The Guardian.
The Guardian has a story up written Leo Hickman, and this excerpt suggests they may be the real deal:
Norfolk police have said the new set of emails is “of interest” to their investigation to find the perpetrator of the initial email release who has not yet been identified.
The emails appear to be genuine, but this has yet to be confirmed by the University of East Anglia. One of the emailers, the climate scientist Prof Michael Mann, has confirmed that he believes they are his messages.
The emails are said to have been uploaded to a Russian site — though at the time of writing that link appears to be down. However, excerpts from the emails now appear to have made their way onto many climate skeptic forums, such as Watts Up With That, Climate Audit, TallBloke and The Air Vent.
The emails appear to be from the same batch as those released in 2009, which were allegedly obtained from a University of East Anglia server (a police investigation into how the emails were obtained has so far not resulted in any arrests).
The original Climategate emails purported to show how climate change research was inherently politically driven, though their impact and validity has been questioned. At the time, scientists warned that the emails were only the “tip of a giant iceberg”.