In the past fortnight official information has been released that the ‘death threats’ were fiction. The story was a mammoth beat-up promulgated and/or swallowed by the science community, which normally prides itself on checking evidence.
In the over 7,000 published stories here on WUWT, I have never used the word “liar” in the headline to refer to CRU and the Yamal affair. That changes with this story.
I’ve always thought that with CRU, simple incompetence is a more likely explanation than malice and/or deception. For example, Phil Jones can’t even plot trends in Excel. In this particular case, I don’t think incompetence is the plausible explanation anymore.
And, if it might be felt that the Seychelles Ambassador's warnings are self-serving, this is what Ban-ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General said about the situation in 2007: "Antarctica is on the verge of a catastrophe -- for the world." He offered figures to support his claim: "glaciers on King George Island have shrunk by 10 percent, while some in Admiralty Bay have retreated by 25 kilometres; the 87-kilometre "Larsen B ice sheet" collapsed several years ago and disappeared within weeks; the entire Western Antarctic Ice Shelf is at risk -- It is all floating ice, one fifth of the entire continent. If it broke up, sea levels could rise by 6 meters or 18 feet." Since then, matters have got worse.