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Hacked e-mails: Pachauri to discuss the issue at Copenhagen

world Updated: Dec 06, 2009 23:09 IST

A top UN climate official on Sunday expressed concern over hacked e-mails from scientists that point towards altering of numbers to exaggerate the threat of climate crisis as a product of human action, saying the matter will be taken up by the UN climate panel chief.

Several parties attending the 12-day climate change summit here have also expressed concern over the hacked mails from the University of East Anglia that fueled skepticism among those who believe the science is manipulated to exaggerate the threat of global warming.

Talking to journalists at a pre-conference briefing, Yvo de Boer said that the matter would be discussed with Rajendra Pachauri, chief of the UN's main scientific body Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in his address at the opening of the conference tomorrow.

"People are raising questions about the emails that were stolen from that university... Dr Pachauri will be touching on that issue briefly tomorrow and also more extensively in IPCC side event that will be organised during this conference," he said.

In an interview with the BBC, Pachauri said that "we (IPCC) will look into it in detail" and "we certainly don't want to brush anything under the carpet."

Hackers gained access to the documents of the climate research center of the UK-based University and leaked confidential data including thousands of emails and documents between UK and US scientists over the past 10 years that have led to accusations that scientists exaggerated the crisis.