Update: Transparency and openness appear to be the leitmotiv for climate scientists embroiled in Climategate.
One of the climate scientists affected by the email releases has spoken out today. Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia has been repeatedly hassled over claims that he deleted emails relating to freedom of information requests from climate sceptics. This morning, he again admitted deleting many emails, but said – as he has said many times before – that this was part of routine clear-outs of his inbox.
Jones attended a press conference in London prepared to explain all the email excerpts that were released in a "read me" file yesterday (see below), and place them in their original context. He said they related to "frank and honest discussions between scientists".
Jones accepted, though, that the contents of some of the emails were cause for embarrassment: "Some of the emails probably had poorly chosen words and were sent in the heat of the moment, when I was frustrated. I do regret sending some of them. We've not deleted any emails or data here at CRU. I would never manipulate the data one bit - I would categorically deny that."
Benchmark European Union carbon permits called EU Allowances were down 6.5 percent at 8.51 euros. Earlier, they hit
a fresh 33-month low of 8.45 euros.
"Selling is kicking in and there is not much buying going on," said a carbon trader at a large European utility.
"If the economy turns worse and companies go bankrupt and countries go bust, nobody is going to care about global warming and emissions trading," he said. "That's the grim reality."