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Climate Change Professor Thought About Killing Himself “Several Times” February 9, 2010

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In an interview with The Times, Professor Phil Jones, the scientist at the centre of the “climategate” email scandal, has revealed that he was so traumatised by the global backlash against him that he contemplated suicide.

In emails that were hacked into and seized upon by global-warming sceptics before the Copenhagen climate summit in December, Jones appeared to call upon his colleagues to destroy scientific data rather than release it to people intent on discrediting their work monitoring climate change.

Since the emails went public, Jones still receives death threats from around the world, and has stood down as director of the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia.

“I am just a scientist,” the fifty-seven year old said.  “I have no training in PR or dealing with crises.”

Last week Graham Smith, the deputy information commissioner, ruled that by failing to release requested data Jones and his colleagues breached Freedom of Information regulations. The affair is now the subject of a review led by Sir Muir Russell, former vice-chancellor of Glasgow University.

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