Phil Jones Speaks
Phil Jones, the professor behind the "Climategate" affair, has admitted some of his decades-old weather data was not well enough organised...he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.
"We do have a trail of where the (weather) stations have come from but it's probably not as good as it should be," he admitted.
"That's similar with the American datasets. There were technical reasons for this, with changing data from different countries. There's a continual updating of the dataset. Keeping track of everything is difficult. Some countries will do lots of checking on their data then issue improved data so it can be very difficult. We have improved but we have to improve more."
His account is the most revealing so far about his decision to block repeated requests from people demanding to see raw data behind records showing an unprecedented warming in the late 20th Century.
And he denied any attempt to influence climate data: "I have no agenda," he said. "I'm a scientist trying to measure temperature. If I registered that the climate has been cooling I'd say so."