Climate scientist steps down

Patrick Gibbons

Phil Jones, the director of the East Anglia Climate Research Unit which has been at the center of the Climategate firestorm, has temporarily stepped down from his position pending an investigation into the leaked emails.

The Wall Street Journal writes,

“hackers recently stole emails and documents from the East Anglia center that suggested Dr. Jones and other like-minded scientists tried to squelch the views of dissenting researchers and advocated manipulating data.

The fallout from the hacked emails is spreading beyond the U.K. Also Tuesday, Penn State University confirmed that Michael Mann — a climate scientist on its faculty who figures prominently in the emails — is under “inquiry” by the university.”