Further to my earlier post on the controversial Channel 4 documentary, at least one of the experts – Carl Wunsch from MIT – is considering legal action for misrepresentation. He said the film was ‘grossly distorted’ and ‘as close to pure propaganda as anything since World War Two’. The source is http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2031455,00.html.
Also Robin McKie, Science Editor of The Observer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2026124,00.html who makes climate change deniers sound a little bit like Independent Jewish Voices:
“To back his case, director Martin Durkin interviews climate-change deniers including Phillip Stott, Piers Corbyn, Nigel Calder and Nigel Lawson who reveal their antipathy to the idea we are altering Earth’s weather systems. These names are scarcely unknown. Listeners to Today and viewers of Newsnight have been hearing Stott and the rest promote their views for years. Indeed, they have dominated and distorted the whole global warming debate, a point stressed by Alan Thorpe, head of the Natural Environment Research Council. ‘These people are never off the radio or TV, yet now they claim debate is being suppressed? It is preposterous.'”
Also this in the Independent: http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/climate_change/article2326210.ece
Also this from RealClimate (whoever they are) http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/03/swindled/#more-414 who discredit the programme – though for its flimsy arguments rather than its main thrust, I think.
The questions are does anthropogenic climate change exist, does it threaten living things if it does exist, and how much of a difference can humans reasonably make (rather than putting our energies into protecting living things from its effects)? It’s unnerving to find myself so deficient in the knowledge to evaluate these arguments and so utterly in the hands of commentators. I don’t know the answers – reckon I’ll carry on as I am for the moment (only I am actually flying, for work, first time since 2001, to Dublin. £1 there and £5 back. Around £50 tax. I don’t have much choice and I’m really looking forward to the bustle of Heathrow and being airborne again).
Here’s what I do – and I understand all of these actions to help with more than carbon.
Buy virtually nothing casually
Never accept plastic bags
Use ionising balls instead of washing powder, which help with Matt’s sensitive skin as well as allowing us to avoid the rinse cycle
Don’t have a tumble dryer or dishwasher (because we don’t need these, rather than because we think they’re Satan’s playthings)
Avoid driving, don’t own a car
Use increasing proportion of skincare products without packaging (from Lush, which makes vegan soap, shampoo and conditioner)
Use paints which don’t emit
Source wooden products which are sustainable
Use cleaning fluids which biodegrade
Buy a growing proportion of local food
Use wind-up technology
Use energy-saving lightbulbs
Grow my own food
Switch off unused appliances
Take walking holidays in the UK
Make flying a luxury.
The bad stuff I do
Buy clothes probably made in sweatshops overseas
Print papers to read on the train
Use skincare products which include petroleum byproducts
Have not sealed our floorboards, so house is not as insulated as it should be
Linger in the shower (e.g. cleaning my teeth)
Use cleaning fluids which are poisonous
Buy some wooden products which I can’t guarantee are sustainable
Drink from the water cooler at work
Buy some overseas food
Buy some non-organic food
Fail to protest about supermarket packaging
Don’t have a smart recharger for my batteries