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Stephen Schneider: Climate Scientist Harassed, Verbally Attacked At UN Press Conference (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:55 PM ET

Special To The Huffington Post

Nobel laureate, renowned climate scientist and good friend of former US vice-president Al Gore, Dr. Stephen Schneider, was verbally attacked today during a press conference at the United Nations Climate Talks in Copenhagen.

Dr. Schneider, an outspoken proponent of climate legislation, was announcing his latest book, "Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate , " when an unidentified man jumped on stage and began to intensely interrogate Schneider. The man became angry after Schneider addressed the leak email controversy from The University of East Anglia's world renowned Climate Research Unit. He repeatedly shouted, "do you approve of deleting data, Dr. Schneider? Do you approve of deleting data?" The man then accused the professor of attempting to censor the press. (Read Dr. Schneider's blog for HuffPost Green).

Professor Schneider, was shaking visibly after the confrontation, but said--repeatedly--he did not agree with deleting data.

Prior to the outburst, Professor Schneider addressed the leaked email controversy also known as "Climategate" in an exclusive interview with environmental reporter Olivia Zaleski. Read the full interview transcript on Earthkeepers, or watch parts of the interview edited within Zaleski's most recent Copenhagen Dispatch from filmmaker Gabriel London.

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Filed by Katherine Goldstein  |