A few weeks ago, Channel 4 aired the ‘documentary’ The Great Global Warming Swindle. At the time it caused quite caused quite a stir. Now it is about due for release on DVD, and a number of scientists (including one who was featured in the film) are calling on the filmmakers to edit some of its most blatant inaccuracies.
In an open letter to Martin Durkin, head of Wag TV, the independent production company that made the film, the scientists say: “We believe that the misrepresentation of facts and views, both of which occur in your programme, are so serious that repeat broadcasts of the programme, without amendment, are not in the public interest … In fact, so serious and fundamental are the misrepresentations that the distribution of the DVD of the programme without their removal amounts to nothing more than an exercise in misleading the public.”
Myles Allen, a climate scientist at the University of Oxford who signed the letter, said the programme “took a very cavalier attitude to science. There are important issues around climate change that the public should be discussing, but all this programme did was rehash debates that were had and finished in the scientific community 15 years ago.”
For anyone interested in genuine science, the Royal Society has a useful page examining some of the ’skeptics’ most often used arguments. Good stuff.