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Posted by: Andrew Mar 15 2007, 07:20 PM
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QUOTE (Channel 4)
Are you green? How many flights have you taken in the last year? Feeling guilty about all those unnecessary car journeys? Well, maybe there's no need to feel bad.

According to a group of scientists brought together by documentary-maker Martin Durkin, if the planet is heating up, it isn't your fault and there's nothing you can do about it.

We've almost begun to take it for granted that climate change is a man-made phenomenon. But just as the environmental lobby think they've got our attention, a group of naysayers have emerged to slay the whole premise of global warming.

List of Featured Scientists:

Eigil Friis-Christensen - Ph.D. Geophysics, Director of the Danish National Space Center
Ian D. Clark - Ph.D. Professor of Earth Science, University of Ottawa
John R. Christy - Ph.D. Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Nigel Lawson - Baron Lawson of Blaby, B.A. Economics, University of Oxford
Nir J. Shaviv - Ph.D. Professor of Physics, University of Jerusalem
Patrick Michaels - Ph.D. Ecological Climatology, Research Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Former State Climatologist for Virginia, Contributing Author and Reviewer, IPCC
Patrick Moore - B.Sc. Forest Biology, Ph.D. Ecology, Co-founder of Greenpeace
Paul Driessen - B.A. Geology and Field Ecology
Paul Reiter - D.Phil Professor of Medical Entomology, Pasteur Institute, Paris
Philip Stott - Professor Emeritus of Biogeography, University of London
Piers Corbyn - B.Sc. Physics, M.Sc. Astrophysics, Weather Forecaster for Weather Action
Richard Lindzen - Ph.D. Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
Roy Spencer - Ph.D. Meteorology, Former Senior Scientist for Climate Studies, NASA
S. Fred Singer - Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, University of Virginia, First Director, National Weather Satellite Center, Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Syun-Ichi Akasofu - Ph.D. Geophysics, Professor and Director of the International Arctic Research Center
Tim F. Ball - Ph.D. Climatology
Carl Wunsch - Ph.D. Professor of Oceanography, MIT
QUOTE (Carl Wunsch)
I am on record in a number of places complaining about the over-dramatization and unwarranted extrapolation of scientific facts. Thus the notion that the Gulf Stream would or could "shut off" or that with global warming Britain would go into a "new ice age" are either scientifically impossible or so unlikely as to threaten our credibility as a scientific discipline if we proclaim their reality.

Defense of The Great Global Warming Swindle: (S. Fred Singer, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences) (Robert M. Carter, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental and Earth Science) (Martin Durkin, The Australian) (Martin Durkin, The Daily Telegraph, UK),25197,22105154-30417,00.html (Martin Durkin, The Australian) (Google Video) (20min) (YouTube Video) (6min) (Audio MP3) (6min) (YouTube Video) (6min) (Spiked),,2033170,00.html (The Guardian)
QUOTE (Hamish Mykura - Head of science - Channel 4)
With regard to reports that one contributor says he was "misled" by the programme and "misrepresented" within it, Channel 4 has a detailed correspondence which shows this is not the case. The view that Professor Egil Friss-Cristensen, head of the Danish Space Centre, "incorrectly handled data" and used "faulty methods" in his research is contested in his response, and he has demonstrated a good correlation between solar-cycle length and temperature. Professor John Christy, head of the Earth System Science Centre at the University of Alabama, also disputes the claim that he has been "proved wrong", and his most recent (2005) data on the heating of the lower atmosphere have not been challenged. There were many other voices in the film that present a powerful argument.,,2064925,00.html (The Guardian)
QUOTE (Martin Durkin)
This contemptible attempt at gagging won't work. The reason they want to suppress The Great Global Warming Swindle is because the science has stung them. By comparison look at the mountains of absurd nonsense pedalled in the name of 'manmade climate change'. Too many scientists have staked their reputations and built their careers on global warming. There's a lot riding on this ridiculous theory. The DVD will be on sale shortly at a shop near you. (Eigil Friis-Christensen, Director of the Danish National Space Center)
QUOTE (Eigil Friis-Christensen)
"Alternatively, this could indicate that solar cycle length is not (as is the case for the sunspot number) a perfect descriptor of solar activity associated with climate."

The last sentence above illustrates the dilemma for the physicist and the limitations of correlation analyses. For a physicist a break down of a correlation where you would expect one is just as or sometimes even more - informative as a good correlation when it comes to the ultimate goal, which is to understand the physics. Climatologists are more concerned whether the observations fit their preconceived model and prefer to describe solar activity by one single parameter. But solar activity can not be described by a single number. There are many different manifestations of the turbulent and 3-dimensional distribution of energy release from the Sun, and for a physicist the real challenge is to find those parameters of solar activity that best correlate with climate in order to provide a clue regarding the exact physical mechanism that could be responsible for a cause and effect relationship. The present case illustrates how science works. In 1997 the results of a parallel line of research indicated a more direct physical link between solar activity and climate (Svensmark and Friis-Christensen, 1997 [Journ. Atm. Sol. Terr. Phys., 59:1225-32]). This result was later refined with more and better observations and documented that during the last two solar cycles there is a very good correlation between the solar modulation of the cosmic rays and the low altitude cloud cover (Marsh and Svensmark, 2000 [Space Science Review, 94: 215-30]). So therefore, and in spite of the fact that the solar cycle length seemed not to explain the most recent temperature increase after 1985, solar variations still do have direct effect on important climate parameters. How large this effect may be on the global temperature is currently being investigated, and is outside the scope of this comment. But there is no reason to neglect a contribution from man made greenhouse gases. The question is how much. Only increased understanding of the physical processes can give us the answer. (Climate Audit)
QUOTE (Climate Audit)
As to the allegation by Risk Management Solutions and the 37 professors that the decline in the Swindle graphic is "much larger" than in the Hansen "global" data and must be derived from some other series e.g. NH, it is my opinion that the decline in the Swindle graphic is exactly consistent with being obtained from Hansen "global" version and this particular allegation is simply false. (Climate Audit)
QUOTE (Climate Audit)
The net result of these combined regional reductions and increases leads to uncertainty in whether the global SO2 has increased or decreased since the 1980s - IPCC (Climate Audit)
QUOTE (Climate Audit)
The Swindle complainants should be careful what they ask for. If Durkin had to re-do the section on the Stick, he might well come up with something that is much more powerful than what hes presently got.

Ofcom (The Register, UK) (The Daily Telegraph, UK) (Mens News Daily) (The Daily Mail, UK) (National Post, Canada)
The fact is, Ofcom actually ruled that Swindle did "not materially mislead" its audience.


"Martin Durkin, who wrote and directed the film, admitted yesterday that one of the graphs contained errors but he said they were corrected in time for the second transmission of the program" - (

"In the course of translating complex data to a stylised television graphic, an inadvertent error occurred in the short sequence of data of solar activity between 1625 and 1700. This point of detail has been rectified for future transmissions. It does not affect the argument of the film." - Martin Durkin ( (Climate Audit)
QUOTE (Climate Audit)
Their data derived from a Hansen version, but the graphic artist made a plotting error in the horizontal axis which had the effect of dilating the second half of the second 20th century. They say that they corrected the graphic for the 2nd screening and sent me a copy of the new graphic, which reconciles to a Hansen version. (Climate Audit)

QUOTE (Climate Audit)
You can confirm, if anyone is interested, that we are changing the graphic for all future transmissions and the DVD version.

Scientific Sources used in The Great Global Warming Swindle: (NASA)

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