Thursday, March 08, 2007

"The Great Global Warming Swindle"

I've just seen "The Great Global Warming Swindle" on Channel 4 and it's impressive. At the very least, the same people who applauded Al Gore's documentary on climate change ("An Inconvenient Truth") should also see this. We might indeed be witnessing - an acting on - one of the biggest scams of all times, fuelled by major economic and political interests.

This post is just a memo. I'll follow develop it later. Right now I'm watching one of my favourite films on TV, the fabulous "The English Patient"...

Links to follow:

6 comments:

lisa said...

hhhmmm, that is an interesting theory. Even if we TRIED to terminate earth with our cumulative pollution, the sun and planet earth's natural cycle will do the job for us.

Wag the Dog said...

At the very least, the same people who applauded Al Gore's documentary on Climate Change should also see this.

Al Gore gets some of his info from Real Climate, a blog maintained by a few of the IPCC members. It turns out that many entries on that blog already provide counter-explanations for the arguments in the Channel 4 programme. Many fans of "An Inconvenient Truth" have most probably seen all these talking points years ago and will not be swayed. Instead of conclusively revealing a grand conspiracy, the Channel 4 programme only rehashes old territory that the climate research community has long since resolved.

Claudia said...

It might be resolved but unfortunately it doesn't look very good... the people behind Channel 4's programme include nine professors, who are experts in climatology, oceanography, meteorology, biogeography and paleoclimatology, coming from prestigious institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the Danish National Space Center and universities and other schools in London, Ottawa, Jerusalem, Alabama, Virginia and Winnipeg, Canada.
Go figure...

Wag the Dog said...

It might be resolved but unfortunately it doesn't look very good...

Doesn't look good to the layman, average voter or politician but that was the point. The anti-climate science coalition has given up trying to convince the real scientists and are targetting their message toward the decision makers and general public.

the people behind Channel 4's programme include nine professors, who are experts in climatology, oceanography, meteorology,...

The main guy behind the C4 programme, Martin Durkin, has a very bad journalistic reputation having in the past misrepresented his programme to portray environmentalists in a negative light. As for those "experts", many earned their professor title in fields only tenuously related to climate science. For instance, Dr. Tim Ball is a professor of geography but works almost exclusively as a consultant for the oil industry. Philip Stott is emeritus professor of biogeography at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Martin Durkin has put his creative editing to good effect when he included the complaints of Paul Reiter of Paris' Pasteur Institute, an expert in malaria, whose objections to the IPCC concerned the effect of global warming on the spread of tropical disease. What does this have to do with the link between CO2 and global warming? His inclusion makes it look like Durkin is merely doing a hatchet job on the IPCC.


The only climate expert of any real merit is MIT professor Richard Lindzen who does actually believe that manmade CO2 causes global warming but disputes how sensitive the climate really is to CO2. Unfortunately the negative-feedback mechanism he proposes for the reduced sensitivity has been observed to operate as a regional and not a global process. Furthermore, his complaints regarding research funding have been shown to be rather presumptuous.

Claudia said...

I appreciate your point of view and I thank you for the links. In my non-expert view on the matter, however, it's not difficult to believe that the Global Warming Theory is being used, among other things, to hinder the economic emergence of developing countries.
It might be that CO2 really does play a part in climate change (how big, nobody knows...) and that all of us who can afford it should do something about our carbon footprints. I'm all for it!
It's unacceptably unethical and morally condemnable, however, to impose hindering political, economic and trade restrictions related to this theory (yes! it is just a theory...) on the poorest countries on Earth where millions of people die every day of causes directly linked to economic underdevelopment.
The huge amount of government funding that has gone into proving that the actions of Man (and particularly the use of oil and coal) are having a short-term apocalyptic effect on the Earth's sustainability makes me regard the whole issue with some skepticism. Even more so when there's a real divide in the scientific community about the whole thing...

Anonymous said...

For those who missed the documentary, you can get it here.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

http://www.mininova.org/tor/612593

http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3635222/The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle

here is another one

http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3635143/Channel_4_-_The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle.avi

Here is the web page of the documentary.

http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/index.html