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"Climategate" & Global Warming
Climategate began with a collection of emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia that were hacked and released to the public via the Internet on November 19, 2009. These emails contained detailed correspondence, mainly between leading British and American climate scientists espousing pro-anthropogenic global warming views. The content of these emails revealed the possibility that some of the highly touted data on climate change is flawed and deceptive. Many of the emails also showed that scientists were preventing climate change skeptics from publishing their ideas and hence barring them from gaining credibility in the scientific (and political) world.
The evidence of unethical and unprofessional practices in the scientific community threw the world into a tizzy. Climate change skeptics viewed the event as a vindication of their views, while climate change supporters attempted to rationalize the email content and insisted that catastrophic global warming is still a reality.
Some implications for both the political and scientific worlds can be ascertained by the affair. Many scientists have admitted that they need to ensure a variety of ideas are debated, researched, and advanced. Although science is supposed to be a factual discipline, Climategate demonstrated that scientists often let their political views and personal interests get in the way of truth. This realization has in turn caused politicians and the public at large to re-examine their views on climate change and to ponder whether or not they should be so quick to enact major global warming reduction legislation.
Since the original Climategate release of e-mails in 2009, a second release e-mails took place in November 2011. Dubbed Climategate 2.0, these e-mails cast further doubt on the practices of some of the most prominent climate scientists.
Climate change continues to be a controversial issue, and Climategate has only made it more so. In light of these facts, this library section will introduce the main aspects of Climategate and its implications for the future.
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