Introducing Climategate @ 10

Introducing Climategate @ 10
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On November 19, 2009, an unknown hacker published a cache of emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. It was meant to be the hack that brought down climate science. But it made the research — and researchers — stronger than ever.

10 years on, this five-part series looks back at the key players that manufactured the scandal that came to be known as ‘Climategate’:

Series — Climategate @ 10

Here Are 3 Climategate Myths That Have Not Aged Well
Science writer Dana Nuccitelli outlines three areas where the science has improved significantly, making a mockery of some myths sparked by Climategate.

Where Are the Ring-Leaders of the Manufactured Climategate Scandal Now?
DeSmog has tracked those responsible for spinning Climategate into an international media moment — some are now advisors to top government officials, others have very much faded to the fringes.

How the Climategate Email Hack Laid the Foundations for the Fake News Era
DeSmog UK‘s first editor, Brendan Montague, gives a personal account of investigating climate science deniers up-close during the time of Climategate, and how their legacy endures.

Interview: Climategate Felt Like a Disaster, But Climate Science Is Now Stronger Than Ever
American academic Prof Robert Brulle reflects on how Climagate affected the research community, and how it rebuilt to become stronger 10 years on.

DeSmog Was Created to Combat Climategate-Style Misinformation. We’re Still Going
DeSmog was created in 2006, three years before Climategate. Executive director Brendan DeMelle reflects on our modest role in puncturing the hot air around the Climategate scandal, and continued efforts to combat misinformation on climate change.


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Introducing Climategate @ 10
Mat is Special Projects and Investigations Editor of DeSmog, and Operations Director of DeSmog UK Ltd. He was DeSmog UK’s Editor from October 2017 to March 2021, having previously been an editor at Nature Climate Change and analyst at Carbon Brief.

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