Video of the Week: The Great Climategate Debate

In mid-November, thousands of emails were hacked from servers at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. A small fraction of them address controversial issues; how to present climate data in the most favorable light and how to combat climate skeptics, among others. The responses reported in the press have ranged from these emails being a confirmation of climate change deniers’ assertions that global warming is a conspiracy and a hoax, to the whole affair being a tempest in a teapot with no relevance to the reality of global warming and the need to combat it.

This panel of experts gives its views on what ‘Climategate’ really means for climate science, the integrity of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, public perception of climate, and the ongoing policy negotiations in the Congress and at Copenhagen.

Moderator: Henry D. Jacoby | Participants: Kerry Emanuel ’76, PhD ’78, Judith Layzer PhD ’99, Stephen Ansolabehere, Ronald G. Prinn SCD ’71, Richard Lindzen | December 10, 2009

Running Time: 1:58:31

From: MIT World, a free and open site that provides on demand video of significant public events at MIT.