UN Panel to Investigate Climate Emails
IPCC switches its stance, calls the allegations serious
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2009 8:39 AM CST
Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr. Rajendra Pachauri talks to the media during a press conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Thierry Charlier)

(Newser) – The UN’s climate change panel says it will investigate the recently leaked e-mails from British climate scientists that have caused a conservative uproar. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change initially dismissed the "Climategate" emails, in which scientists from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit discuss ways to manipulate data, but now admit the claims are "serious," reports the London Times.

“We will certainly go into the whole lot and then we will take a position,” the panel’s head said in a radio interview. “We certainly don’t want to brush anything under the carpet. This is a serious issue.” In one email, the head of the CRU, Phil Jones, apparently attempts to get opposing research papers excluded from an upcoming UN climate science assessment. But Jones denies that, calling conspiracy theories arising from his emails “complete rubbish.”