Memorandum submitted by Lalu Hanuman (CRU
1. As a former postgraduate student of the University
of East Anglia [UEA], and a British Citizen, I would like to comment
on your committee's planned review of the disclosure of climate
data from the Climatic Research Unit [CRU] at the UEA. In particular
the issue of : "Are the terms of reference and scope of the
Independent Review announced on 3 December 2009 by UEA,
2. The current furore that the UEA has created
by it's falsifying of climate change information, has undermined
global climate change action at the recent Copenhagen talks, with
some countries relying on these UEA revelations to question the
validity of climate change. The resultant catastrophic effect
of the UEA's actions on future generations, cannot be exaggerated,
as it has helped delay united action against looming climate change.
A robust and thorough transparent inquiry is called for. Sir Muir
Russell's review is inadequate at least as far as point 3 of
his remit goes ie "Review CRU's compliance or otherwise with
the University's policies and practices regarding requests under
the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information
Regulations for the release of data".
3. From my experience as a former postgraduate
student of the UEA, I have documentary evidence that the UEA as
an institution and it's agents have often indulged in falsifications,
distortions, and misrepresentations. Hence the CRU in distorting
information was manifestly in compliance with the University's
policies and practices. There is an urgent need for a wider remit,
namely to look into the institutional failings of the UEA itself.
4. Declaration of interests: None.
5. DPA: I give permission for my name, and contact
details, to be released.