Preview: Climategate – Science of a Scandal


Climategate: Science Of A Scandal reveals the truth behind a notorious incident ten years ago, when a growing international consensus on climate change was derailed by one of the biggest scandals in modern science. For the first time, all the key players recount the events and what really happened during ‘Climategate’.

Thousands of emails hacked from the world-renowned Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia seemed to suggest that climate scientists had been deliberately manipulating data to exaggerate evidence of climate change, a conspiracy that was the holy grail of climate change deniers.

The battle between the scientists and their critics over climate science and data transparency resulted in a media storm, public misinformation, a criminal investigation, multiple inquiries and death threats.

With the email controversy continuing to be cited by climate change sceptics – among them President Donald Trump – this film is a timely insight into the battle over fact and scientific enquiry – and the realities of climate change.

Climategate: Science of a Scandal – Thursday at 9.00pm on BBC Four.