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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:45 AM

PSA: Science Journalist Outlines the Climate Debate

PSA: Science Journalist Outlines the Climate Debate

This is probably one of the best series of videos explaining the roots and debunking the myths surrounding the climate change debate. I highly recommend others take the time and watch (even if it's just the first 11 videos of the series..) The back references, fact checking and respect for details with which the narrator (bio video included at end) addresses the issue is just unparalleled, imo. It's well worth it.

If you are not familiar with the origins of the climate debate and are unsure of the truths behind it (as most non-scientists are), grab a drink, pull up a comfortable chair and settle in for an unbiased exposť on the science, not the myths and lies, of climate change.

Note: The science journalist does address the hacked climate research unit e-mails in videos 6 &7.

For now, this seems to be a continuing series, so I with update and bump when a new video is added.

2. Climate Change -- the objections

3 - Climate Change -- Anatomy of a myth

4 - Climate Change -- Gore vs. Durkin

5. Climate Change -- isn't it natural?

6. Climate Change -- Those hacked e-mails

7. Climate Change - "Those" e-mails and science censorship

8. Climate Change -- Has the Earth been cooling?

8a. Climate Change - Phil Jones and the 'no warming for 15 years'

9. Climate Change - Meet the Scientists

10. Climate Change - An imminent ice age debunked

11. Climate Change -- Hurricanes, atolls and coral

11a. Sources for my last video

12 - 'Doubled CO2 means just 1.64 degrees of warming...' or maybe not.

13 - Misleading media reports on sea level rise - a case study

14 - BP oil spills and an end to snow

Monckton Bunkum Part 1 - Global cooling and melting ice

Monckton Bunkum Part 2 - Sensitivity

Monckton Bunkum Part 3 - Correlations and Himalayan glaciers

Monckton Bunkum Part 4 -- Quotes and misquotes

Monckton bunkum Part 5 -- What, MORE errors, my lord?

20 - Are cosmic rays causing global warming?

21 - "Earth facing mini-ice age!!" say the media. Now for the science....

22 -- Climategate mark 2 -- the quotes and the context

23 -- Medieval Warm Period -- fact vs. fiction

24 -- Global warming has stopped? Again??

|25 -- Climate Change -- The "800-year lag" unraveled

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Response to Shankapotomus (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:41 PM

1. Thank You.


The first Video was awesome.
I can't wait to watch the rest of them.

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Response to Rain Mcloud (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:13 PM

2. It's really an informative series

if you haven't followed the climate change debate over its long course. Great for bringing one up to speed. Enjoy.

Welcome to DU!

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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:23 PM

3. as old as the animal arrogance ...

"Intelligence in plants and vegetables is an old story, Mr. Scott.
Older even than the animal arrogance that has overlooked it."
- Dr. Carrington to Mr. Scott, (1951) The Thing From Another Planet

As valuable as this review is, it is mostly focused on recent "public" opinion history and most of that is tangled around an arrogant disbelief in science that is well over 100 years old.

The first suspicions we had that our burning of coal and oil could have an effect on our planet started in the mid 1800's when British physicist John Tyndall built the first spectrophotometer to measure the absorption of light by various gases found in our atmosphere.

Tyndall discovered that CO2(*) demonstrated a deep area of absorption in the long wave infrared range.

In his paper discussing these observations, published in 1861, he asks out loud if this could have contributed to the "mutation" as he used to describe the glacial periods of our planetary climate.

In 1896, Norwegian physicist Svante Arrhenius would publish the first energy balance model for the Earth. In his model he would postulate that if you doubled the atmospheric CO2 that the surface temperature would rise between two and four degrees Celsius.

There is actual "debate" within the climate science community but the nature and character of this debate is not what the general public sees. The public is brazenly told that the debate concerns the existence of the planetary heating and its anthropogenic causes. The actual debate is about the speed and magnitude of these changes we are indicting upon ourselves and our generations to come.

(*) before anyone in the DU Universe raises the point of the absorption of water vapor I would point out that while water vapor is a green-house gas, its absorption is limited and overwhelmed by the absorption by CO2 and CH4. We classify water vapor as a 'condensing' green-house gas, a classification not applied to any other gas in our planets atmosphere.

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