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He said "trick!" It's a trick!


Refers to the pseudo-scandal created in November 2009 by anti-science hackers who hacked the computers at the Climatic Research Unit of East Anglia University.   Sifting through thousands of emails, they found one instance of the words "trick" and "hide" used to describe various statistical techniques, and proclaimed this proof of a conspiracy.

Subsequently, six independent scientific committees investigated the allegations and published reports, finding no evidence of fraud or scientific misconduct.    But the hacking ploy and surrounding publicity succeeding in sowing seeds of doubt about climate science among some sectors of the public.

For a more thorough description of this incident and subsequent investingations, see



Cartoon by master climate cartoonist, Marc Roberts, http://throbgoblins.blogspot.com/2009/12/devil-in-details.html    "This cartoon originally appeared in Nature Reports Climate Change and belongs to them - so no reproducing it without their permission. It's an illustration for a review of the year' science, by Kurt Kleiner. With thanks to Olive Heffernan."    The review was published online on 12/7/2009.

Submitted by: Tom Smerling
Located in: Climate Cartoons
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