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"Climategate" - an e-mail hack shatters the world of climate research SXC
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The year 2009 was far from glorious for climate research. First, an e-mail claw at the University of East Anglia revealed questionable behind-the-scenes practices, and then the Copenhagen Climate Conference failed, and, last but not least, failed The IPCC also admitted a few embarrassing mistakes in the last World Climate Review. But how could that happen? And what damage have these events caused - for climate research, the fight against climate change and climate protection?

After the high of the Nobel Peace Prize for the IPCC and Al Gore in 2007 in November 2009 followed the low blow. An unknown hacker copied more than a thousand private e-mails and climatologist documents from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia and put them on the net for free access. The sensitive data seemed to prove that the research community not only struggled with hard bandages, but may also be tricked, gawped and marginalized.

For climate skeptics, the "Climategate" was and still is a gorging, but it supports their old arguments of a "climate change conspiracy", after which established climate research forms a kind of secret society sabotaging all other opinions and keeps small. The fact that such allegations lack any foundation is only marginally interesting. Even more serious is the fact that public opinion regarding climate change and climate protection has not been affected by the "Climategate" and its consequences.

But what was really on "Climategate"? What remained of it - one year later? And perhaps more importantly, what lessons has the climate scientists' community drawn from this debacle?

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Nadja Podbregar
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