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The Climategate Chronicle
To what extent is climate change
actually occuring? Late last year,
climate researchers were accused of
exaggerating study results. SPIEGEL
ONLINE has since analyzed the hacked
"Climategate" e-mails and provided
insights into one of the most
unprecedented spats in recent scientific
Is our planet warming up by 1 degree
Celsius, 2 degrees, or more? Is climate
change entirely man made? And what can be
done to counteract it? There are myriad
possible answers to these questions, as
well as scientific studies, measurements,
debates and plans of action. Even most
skeptics now concede that mankind--with
its factories, heating systems and
cars--contributes to the warming up of
But the consequences of climate change
are still hotly contested. It was
therefore something of a political
bombshell when unknown hackers stole more
than 1,000 e-mails written by British
climate researchers, and published some
of them on the Internet. A scandal of
gigantic proportions seemed about to
break, and the media dubbed the affair
"Climategate" in reference to the
Watergate scandal that led to the
resignation of US President Richard
Nixon. Critics claimed the e-mails would
show that climate change predictions were
based on unsound calculations.
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