November 23, 2011
New Batch Of Emails Causes Climategate Part 2
A British university is saying that another batch of emails has been released that are similar to those that caused a global climate controversy in 2009.
University of East Anglia spokesman Simon Dunford said that a small sample of the 5,000 emails examined by the university "appears to be genuine."
The university said in a statement that the emails did not appear to be the result of a new breach, but the same breach that took place in 2009.
It believes that despite being old emails, the latest leak could be "to cause maximum disruption" to the U.N. climate talks taking place next week in Durban, South Africa.
"These emails have the appearance of having been held back after the theft of data and emails in 2009 to be released at a time designed to cause maximum disruption to the imminent international climate talks," the university said in a statement.
In 2009, the "Climategate" incident also took place before U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark. Some believe that the emails released helped destabilize the failed talks.
Climategate also hurt the reputation of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, which is one of the world's leading centers for the study of climate change.
"This appears to be a carefully-timed attempt to reignite controversy over the science behind climate change when that science has been vindicated by three separate independent inquiries and number of studies - including, most recently, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature group," the statement read.
A text file included in the batch of released emails involved a note written by someone who released the emails that said "'One dollar can save a life' - the opposite must also be true."
"Poverty is a death sentence," the hackers wrote. "Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels."
Whoever wrote the note that goes along with the batch of leaked emails claims to possess 220,000 more.
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