An Inconvenient Truth - the perfect antidote to media spin

In the film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore arms the viewer with two priceless facts related to climate change.

Firstly, Gore notes that, of a sample of 928 peer-reviewed scientific papers on climate change from the last decade, none (zero, 0) disagree with the consensus that man-made pollution has caused most of the warming of the last 50 years.

Secondly, Gore reveals that of all the published media stories on climate change, 53% imply that there is disagreement, or otherwise cast doubt on global warming being a serious problem.

These two pieces of information, and a graph predicting collosal increases in carbon dioxide emissions to 2050, should be all we need to decide whether we want to be part of the solution, or part of the problem.

Measurements say it is happening. The doubt must really lie in what widespread public acceptance of the facts might mean for corporate profits and the government. This may explain why commentators often still prefer to present climate fact as climate 'theory'. It excuses inaction.

This film is definitely part of the solution. It should be part of the syllabus, part of every induction, part of parliamentary debates and part of the reason we encourage each other to invest in activities which put global habitat before profit.

We're all in the same boat on this one.

The Leg | 21 Oct 2006

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