On Newnight last night I watched Professor Bob Watson of the University of East Anglia try desperately hard to brush off the use of certain vocabulary in the 'hacked' documents and emails as "loose" and "clearly scientists need to make better use of the English language when expressing opinions."
Dr Fred Singer, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia and a former director of the US Weather Satellite Service, was also a guest. He expressed his disappointment at the manner with which UEA tried to desist FOI inquiries and why they refused to permit other scientific organisations to view their collected data.
Both men agreed there should be an inquiry into the matter although Professor Singer insisted that UEA does not behave as most other environmental agencies who have studied climate change. He suggested UEA should become much more transparent and open to close scrutiny.
Some of the content of these documents gives grist to the mill of sceptics like me who believe in climate change but also believe around 98% of it is through natural processes. I too would like to see an inquiry along with UEA's data shared with other environmental science bodies.
If Professor Watson's body language was anything to go by last night, UEA's attempt to defuse the situation backfired. Badly.
Here's a rather good site which looks more closely at the numbers and was easy (for me) to understand. DK and LegIron have also been contributing to the exposure of the UEA data.
Daniel Korski in his Coffee House blog asks the question 'Is the world cooling or not - and what is to blame?'