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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Great Global Warming Swindle: Who's kidding who?


Categories: Atmosphere
While getting very lost on a two mile journey complicated by traffic lights and roadworks today (not very environmentally friendly considering the content of this post - I was running very late), I had left Higher watching the 'Great Global Warming Swindle' by way of an introduction to the idea of climate change. I want students to be objective when they view this issue, so it's important that I don't load you with all the negative theories on climate disaster before letting you see that another argument exists - another argument, which, after viewing, many people seem all too willing to accept without analysis.
I have included some links here to a few of the many, many responses to the programme. I think it's interesting that in the aftermath of its showing on channel 4, the channel very publicly distanced itself from the theories expounded. I think that if you read some of the links, you'll see that data has been shamelessly manipulated to present a one-sided argument, cross examined here and here. this has led to some commentators referring to the programme as 'The Great Channel 4 Swindle'.
The point I'm really trying to make here is that the issue is an emotive one, where people quickly take sides and let their own interests get in the way of objectivity- something I try, but sometimes fail, to do. One of the skills you will have to learn, should you either take Geography through to s6 or go to University/College, and later, in many instances in your future careers, is to consider arguments on their merits rather than on their emotional pull. I will be interested to see what your viewpoints on climate change are after we have flipped the coin here.

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