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Phil Jones Steps Down

December 27, 2016

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dave Ward





One down!


Climatologist Prof Phil Jones, who was at the centre of the Climategate row over hacked emails, will be succeeded by Prof Timothy Osborn.

Prof Osborn, who has worked at the UEA since 1990, said: “UEA provides a superb environment for climate research and so it is a privilege for me to become the Climatic Research Unit’s next director of research.

“I’m looking forward to leading our pioneering climate research, establishing with greater certainty the details of how and why the Earth’s climate is changing and the consequences for the future.”


No doubt Phil’s well earned retirement will give ample opportunity to adjust homogenise his golf scores!

  1. December 27, 2016 1:31 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    PHIL JONES, arguably one of the godfathers of global warming alarmism and post-normal science should have ‘stepped down’ a long time ago. A disgrace to “the science” …

    “Kevin and I will keep [skeptic papers] out [of IPCC] somehow – even if we have to redefine what peer-review literature is” – Phil Jones | Climategate Emails

    “I’ve obviously written some awful emails, and I fully admit that..” – Phil Jones comment to the UK Parliamentary Enquiry into Climategate 2009.

    Good riddance.

    • John Palmer permalink
      December 27, 2016 1:37 pm

      What odds on a ‘gong’ sometime soon??

      • December 27, 2016 1:39 pm

        The trashed reputation of science c/o Phil Jones et al ain’t going anywhere good soon. Disgrace.

  2. Hivemind permalink
    December 27, 2016 1:41 pm

    You don’t “homogenize” golf scores. You falsify them. Just like temperature records.

  3. December 27, 2016 1:47 pm

    No matter how many of them retire on their tax-payer funded golden pensions, there are plenty more in the pipeline to carry on the corrupt “science”. The swamp needs draining, but unfortunately we are still governed by the establishment elite.

  4. Don B permalink
    December 27, 2016 2:44 pm

    1. Now he will have time to learn how Excel calculates trends.

    2. What a change from the first director, H.H. Lamb, who had a world class reputation.

    • David Richardson permalink
      December 27, 2016 6:32 pm

      2. And deserved it

    • Broadlands permalink
      December 27, 2016 7:39 pm

      It is ironic that the place was sponsored in part by oil companies and automobile manufacturers..

      East Anglia CRU…

      Initial sponsors included British Petroleum, the Nuffield Foundation and Royal Dutch Shell. The Rockefeller Foundation was another early benefactor, and the Wolfson Foundation gave the Unit its current building in 1986.

  5. December 27, 2016 2:58 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  6. Jackington permalink
    December 27, 2016 3:01 pm

    If “The Science is settled” why do they need the CRU at all?

    • Pete permalink
      December 27, 2016 5:44 pm

      While the science is settled, their bank accounts aren’t.

    • Broadlands permalink
      December 27, 2016 7:27 pm

      Or, why do we need to fund more research anywhere on a science that is so settled that skeptics are derided and considered criminals?

  7. Gerry, England permalink
    December 27, 2016 4:31 pm

    He was going to get a leaving present but it got deleted in case somebody asked to see it.

  8. yonason permalink
    December 27, 2016 4:32 pm


    The “scientist” who has led CRU, and misled the world for 18 years.

  9. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 27, 2016 4:43 pm

    C’mon TIM!!!! Bet you’ll be an Excel-lent leader. No?

  10. Ross King permalink
    December 27, 2016 5:14 pm

    “Homogenize his golf-scores”?? The only way Phil Jones knows how to homogenize is to homogenize ever upward, and that’s the wrong way round for a golf-player!
    Anyway, good riddance.

  11. Broadlands permalink
    December 27, 2016 5:23 pm

    From Climategate e-mails….

    Phil Jones… Date: Mon Sep 28 10:20:14 2009

    “Maybe I’m misinterpreting what you’re saying, but the adjustments won’t reduce the 1940s blip but enhance it. It won’t change the 1940-44 period, just raise the 10 years after Aug 45.”

    At 06:25 28/09/2009

    Tom Wigley wrote:

Here are some speculations on correcting SSTs to partly explain the 1940s warming blip. If you look at the attached plot you will see that the land also shows the 1940s blip (as I’m sure you know). So, if we could reduce the ocean blip by, say, 0.15 degC, then this would be significant for the global mean — but we’d still have to explain the land blip.”

    And the raw data at CRU?

    “Since the 1980s, we have merged the data we have received into existing series or begun new ones, so it is impossible to say if all stations within a particular country or if all of an individual record should be freely available. Data storage availability in the 1980s meant that we were not able to keep the multiple sources for some sites, only the station series after adjustment for homogeneity issues. We, therefore, do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (i.e. quality controlled and homogenized) data.”


  12. Athelstan permalink
    December 27, 2016 6:14 pm

    No panic? not before time…………………. Jonesy at long last for not providing any services to science, is on his bike! hip, hip bloody hoorah!

    The trouble is…………

    this whacko jock and green-mythologizer…………… is taking over, see how he presents himself – and alack, he is not so meek and mild, certainly is no retiring violet academic, so, yep just another delusional, bombastic climactivist t4889r. Thus, there is no change at the UEA/CRU.

    Adjust your eyes and cognitive capacity and then try not to despair:

    I am a Professor of Climate Science at the Climatic Research Unit, within the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA, where I have worked since 1990. For the first 15 years I was a research scientist and then I was awarded an Academic Fellowship in 2005, which provided a five-year transition to my current academic role that combines teaching, research and academic leadership.

    My research and teaching are concerned with identifying variations in climate (as observed, modelled and recorded in climate proxies) and understanding their causes (in terms of natural and anthropogenic climate processes). This understanding provides the basis for making projections of possible future climate change.

    I have authored or co-authored over 90 papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals or books. These include the high-impact journals “Nature” and “Science”. According to Scopus, 31 of my papers have been cited at least 50 times, 20 at least 100 times, and the average citations per listed paper is more than 60.

    I was a Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), contributing to the chapters concerned with palaeoclimatic information and with the detection and attribution of climate change, as well as the overall Summary for Policymakers.

    I communicate about my scientific research via the following social media sites. Their content does not represents the views or opinions of the University of East Anglia.

    “I was lead author on Climate Change” ….hmm the Intergovernmentalists IPCC propaganda pamphlets……………..

    ………………Gadzooks! sitting there is his academic ivory tower and comfortable sinecure, it just fills you with such a hollow feeling – for his lies and specious supposition – we pay this blokes wages and that ain’t right, is it?
    If Osborn is so concerned, if he believes all his own climate chimeras, its nonsense then, let him stand on his ideas – in the private sector – see how many people ‘buy’ and in both senses of the word – into Osborn’s alarmist guff.

    Why are the public on the hook? Isn’t it time to exorcise the demons of climate rot and its warmist goblins? For sure, the UK taxpayer: shouldn’t be paying his stipend.

    • December 27, 2016 7:14 pm

      It is noted that he “became a Senior Research Associate working with Professors Mike Hulme, Keith Briffa and Phil Jones”. Well I wouldn’t want that on my CV. It is also pertinent that all his “working” life (degree onwards) has been spent at UEA. So he has zero experience of life in the real world. Definitely stuck in his gold-plated ivory tower; unemployable in the competitive real world.

      • Athelstan permalink
        December 27, 2016 8:43 pm

        Climactivist sock puppet, he thinks he’s doing a great job and he would, he encounters no real scholarly contrarians………….. hark at ee!

        Scopus, 31 of my papers have been cited at least 50 times, 20 at least 100 times, and the average citations per listed paper is more than 60.

        …..wowee!!. Lotus eating, gloriously fixing the nature tricks is a mere algorithm away and nada problema!

        Osborn, lives in a sealed bubble, it’s a bit like Norfolk in general, cut off, insular and the rest.

      • AndyG55 permalink
        December 28, 2016 5:10 am

        Makes sense though.. They probably couldn’t risk appointing an outsider to the top position. No telling what sort of F***D he might find and be very uncomfortable with.

        Employing one of the “family” ensured continuity of scam.

  13. December 28, 2016 1:36 am

    It will be difficult or impossible to repair the damage to the public image of science.

  14. Singer beneath bridges permalink
    December 28, 2016 2:57 pm

    Interesting if predictable comments, firstly about Phil Jones then moving onto Tim Osborn. The latter being particularly partisan and inaccurate – Osborn has a high ranking publication record (you and I might not hold it in high esteem, but then admit it we are somewhat biased) and, almost certainly he has been head hunted by other academic institutions (after all Cambridge made a play for the whole of CRU).

    Comments about Norfolk’s insularity also seem outdated. Norwich has been connected to London by a continuous dual carrageway/motorway for some years now. Other comments disparage over 860,000 people.

    Much as I despise CRU there are more rational means of broadcasting your displeasure without causing cliched offense that misses its real target.

  15. igsy permalink
    December 28, 2016 3:00 pm

    Here, courtesy of Climategate, is Osborn in one of his more candid moments:

    “… remember we have no formal calibration, we’re just counting proxies — I’m still amazed that Science agreed to publish something where the main analysis only involves counting from 1 to 14!”

    He was replying to Mann, who was worried that the Osborn & Briffa 2006 paper – a mainstay of the non-scientific “other reconstructions get the same result” Hockey Stick defence – was compromised by the emerging fiasco over Briffa’s Yamal “one-tree” superstick. Rather than state the simple truth that, yes, it was compromised, and leave it at that (take out Yamal and the Western USA foxtail/bristlecone pines from his paper, and the MWP re-appears), Osborn went for the get-out clause, his preferred technique being the straw man: “…But this is fine, since the IPCC AR4 and other assessments are not saying the evidence is 100% conclusive (or even 90% conclusive) but just “likely” that modern (sic) is warmer than the MWP”.

    Based on his past behaviour, he appears to be an ideal candidate for the job.

  16. Joe Public permalink
    December 28, 2016 7:25 pm

    Oh look, today’s offering from WUWT – Phil’s opinion (at that time) of his successor:

  17. Singer beneath bridges permalink
    December 28, 2016 8:10 pm

    Joe Public commented on my “Norwich has been connected to London by a continuous dual carrageway/motorway for some years now.” with “Pedant alert: …..Yes, nearly 3. 😀” illustrating my point for me. I did think that 3 years counted as “some years”.

    Some of us in this isolated part of the realm wish it had stayed more remote – keeping it to ourselves.

    • Joe Public permalink
      December 28, 2016 8:55 pm

      As an ex-Costessey & Earlham resident, I repeatedly travelled down the original A11 to London.

  18. December 29, 2016 9:35 am

    Reblogged this on Bob Tisdale – Climate Observations and commented:
    From Paul Homewood’s Not a Lot of People Know That.

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