BBC: ‘Climategate’: 10 years on, what’s changed?

July 10, 2019

BBC News Night:

It’s almost 10 years since hackers stole thousands of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit.

The scandal, known as “Climategate”, rocked the scientific world.

Sceptics picked up on a small number of emails that seemed to suggest scientists had been deliberately manipulating data to exaggerate evidence of climate change.

It wasn’t true, but what followed is thought to have shaped public opinion and could possibly have influenced the UN climate agreement that year.

Kayleen Devlin reports for Newsnight on how battle lines and public opinions have changed since then.


8 Responses to “BBC: ‘Climategate’: 10 years on, what’s changed?”

  1. redskylite Says:

    This was a terrible act of war against Climate Change alert efforts, a criminal act, shamelessly used to try and discredit hard working scientists.

    The people who still continue to cite the event to attack are supporting crime.

    Having said that, more recent news shows that it hasn’t been a learning curve.

    Emails continue to get leaked U.K ambassador to the U.S has just resigned after his confidential appraisal emails of the Trumpian administration were leaked, Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes were dashed.

    Sadly organizations must realize that emails, communications and networks are vulnerable and tighten up their security.

    Fighting the devil requires wartime security efforts.

    • earl Says:

      Hillary Clinton? Are you serious? She is the *reason* Trump won.
      Hopefully Tulsi Gabbard will win the nomination for the Democrats and bring genuine change – not the fake ‘change’ that Obama and Clinton offered with their war mongering and pro fossil fuel policies. Tulsi looks by far the most progressive of the bunch I’ve seen in debates so far – but hey I’m a Brit and we’re about to get a climate change sceptical Boris Johnson or that other upper class idiot for Prime Minister. Sadly the UK is still full of uneducated masses who believe the tabloid ‘news’ papers and the fossil fuelled lies of fossil funded politicians.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Tulsi Gabbard? She will not be among the last women standing when he overcrowded Democratic field sorts itself out. You need to study up a bit more on US politics—Elizabeth Warren’s plans are the most progressive and practical of the bunch—she’ my choice, with Kamala Harris in second.

        Sorry to hear that the UK is “full of uneducated masses who believe the tabloid ‘news’ papers and the fossil fuelled lies of fossil funded politicians”. We have that problem also, and come to think of it, so does Canada and AUS—-what’s wrong with the English-speaking world?

      • greenman3610 Says:

        I have questions about Gabbard. She seems to be a favorite of Russian bots for some reason

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Likely evidence of Russian interference with the 2020 election. They got away with it last time, why not double down? The Democratic race is confused enough and way overpopulated with candidates—sowing a little more confusion and pushing lying polls that inflate the chances of a sure loser is good strategy for Vlad and his helpers.

        • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

          If the ‘bots like her, I’m guessing they think she’d lose to Trump.

      • rsmurf Says:

        You might rethink your criticism of Clinton, you clowns got fooled by Russia to pull out of the EU. Brilliant!

      • jimbills Says:

        Politically, she’s perfectly fine. She aligns with every progressive check box. Personally, she’s a renegade who won’t hesitate to break with the Democrats on matters she feels strongly about (foreign policy – she’s very much against using military force unless absolutely necessary, and she’ll be the first to call out dishonest practices on the Democratic side – she recently called out Kamala Harris and she was about the only Democrat to back Bernie’s troubles with the DNC in 2016.)

        She gets a lot of side-long glances from party-line Democrats as a result. For this reason, she is sort of idolized by the alt right. She also appears on Fox and will talk to people like Joe Rogan. She was one of the first Democrats to speak to Trump after his election, and there were rumors of them looking for a cabinet post for her.

        But, as for climate change and all the matters that a traditional Democrat cares about, she’s in the same zip code as the others. She’s just – different. This article goes into the alt right obsession with her:

        She won’t win the nomination. She doesn’t have party support, mainstream media support, much financial backing, and she’s polling in the single digits consistently when it’s not a Drudge Report instant poll.

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