Thu, 4 Nov 2010

The University of East Anglia responded to a request from Roger Helmer MEP for a meeting to discuss the allegations concerning the Climatic Research Unit, the outcome of recent reviews and the future for climate science. The meeting was also attended by Stewart Agnew MEP.

Professor Edward Acton, Vice-Chancellor, said: "I was pleased to arrange for Mr Helmer and Mr Agnew as elected representatives in the European Parliament to meet with myself and colleagues from the School of Environmental Science. 

"During a wide-ranging exchange of views we discussed the work of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and the findings of the two independent reviews, led by Sir Muir Russell and Lord Oxburgh. 

"We noted that each of these had cleared the scientists involved of any scientific wrong-doing and that these findings had been reflected in the report of the first investigation by the Science and Technology Select Committee. We also advised Mr Helmer and Mr Agnew that these findings had been corroborated more widely, including by the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

"The number of independent investigations into allegations made against CRU surpasses anything that a University department has ever had to face and we urged Mr Helmer and Mr Agnew to consider this evidence in full."

Following the meeting with the MEPs Professor Acton and colleagues met Lord Monckton.

Professor Acton commented: "'Lord Monckton is Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party and I met with him at Mr Helmer's request. The exchange of views reflected differing perspectives on the issue of global climate change but was conducted in an open and frank manner.

"We entered into both meetings in a spirit of transparent and honest discussion with interested parties. We recognise that some are of the opinion that human influence on the well-established warming of the globe is exaggerated but urge them to examine the scientific evidence in an objective way, and to support their opinion through scientific analysis. These meetings reflect our commitment to playing our part in actively engaging more widely on these issues in line with the comments made by both the Select Committee and the Muir Russell Review.

"As a University our intention is to strive to discover and disseminate knowledge and we do so within in a framework which has clearly stated research ethics and a commitment to public understanding of science. The work of all colleagues is considered and published as part of the peer review process where it undergoes further challenge and refinement and remains on the record for future generations of scientists to consider and build upon. We entirely respect the right of others to hold alternative views that can be examined through the same process."