The Independent

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson turned down the offer of a briefing on climate change from the Met Office’s chief scientist made in the run up to a series of landmark reports from the United Nations, The Independent has learnt.

Professor Dame Julia Slingo made the offer on 24 September – days before the release of the first report from the UN International Panel on Climate Change. Mr Paterson was later criticised for making what critics said was an “irresponsible and immoral” analysis of the panel’s findings.

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