After airing the movie, The Trick, the BBC has also broadcast a series of podcasts on Climategate called the Hack That Changed the World (H/T Dikran Marsupial). I’m not sure if all can listen to them, but I thought they were pretty good.
Apart from “skeptics”, and a few scholars who still choose to write about Climategate, most seem to now accept that the emails were hacked, have been cherry-picked and taken out of context, and may well have played a role in delaying effective climate action. What’s not known is who actually carried out the hack, and even though that was a focus of these podcasts, it’s still completely unclear.
What might be of most interest to regular commenters here is the final episode, which focuses on the skeptics who were involved in trawling through the emails. It focuses partly on Steven Mosher, who has been a regular commenter here and has published a couple of guest posts.
Although most here may already know this, the podcast highlighted that after Climategate Steven worked with Berkeley Earth and pretty much confirmed that there were no major problems with the global temperature datasets. Steven also acknowledged that he learned that you need to be more than a data analyst to understand complex issues; you do also need some expertise in the relevant field.
Towards the end of the final podcast, Steven was asked what he would say to Tim Osborn and Phil Jones today, and he basically said that he would apologise, mostly for the way in which he characterised them at the time. Given how Climategate impacted some of those involved, I suspect some would still not accept this. However, since people rarely seem willing to acknowledge their errors, this seemed worth highlighting. It would be nice if people could be more charitable all the time, but being willing to acknowledge, and apologise for, a lack of charity is maybe a reasonable step.