Climategate: Hide The Decline – Codified

Over the weekend, either the Mail on Sunday newspaper or its interviewee Judith Curry or possibly both described the recent new analysis of the Earth's temperature record as "hide-the-decline stuff".

They're absolutely right.

The phrase originated, you'll probably recall, in one of the emails liberated by hacker or hackers unknown from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in late 2009, which gave rise to the "ClimateGate" affair.

In that email, CRU's director, Phil Jones, the scientist mainly responsible for one of the three most important global temperature records, tells colleague Michael Mann that he discussed "using Mike's Nature trick" to "hide the decline".

The email was taken to be an admission that Prof Jones and others were deliberately hiding the fact that global temperatures had been falling during the most recent decade - hiding proof that global warming had stopped.


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