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Dec 6, 2009 7:51 AM by Associated Press

UN climate chief: hacked e-mails are damaging

The top U.N. climate official says hacked e-mails from climate scientists that appear to cast doubt on their research do look bad, but studies of global warming are solid.

Yvo de Boer says the review process by some 2,500 scientists of climate change research is thorough and credible. He acknowledged the e-mails did serious damage by fueling skepticism among those who believe the science is manipulated to exaggerate global warming. He said the e-mails from scientists at the University of East Anglia indicating some data was not released to the public raised a serious issue that needs to be investigated.

De Boer told The Associated Press Sunday on the eve of a 192-nation climate summit he was confident the conference will succeed.

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