Most would see the ABC as biased on the “left” side of the Climate Change “debate”, just as the Murdoch empire here and overseas has toed the opposite line more often than not. Yet the ABC has not yet shown some of the best and most persuasive documentaries about the debate.
The first example is the BBC Four program Meet The Climate Sceptics** — which I have seen and found utterly convincing. Much of it was devoted to Lord Monckton whose performances in Australia and after that before the US Congress many of you will know about.
Incidentally check on the latest in the YouTube series “Monckton bunkum” by potholer54 (Peter Hadfield)
Milord, your slip is showing!
The second documentary the ABC has not shown is even more significant than the first: Science Under Attack.
Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse examines why science appears to be under attack, and why public trust in key scientific theories has been eroded – from the theory that man-made climate change is warming our planet, to the safety of GM food, or that HIV causes AIDS.
He interviews scientists and campaigners from both sides of the climate change debate, and travels to New York to meet Tony, who has HIV but doesn’t believe that that the virus is responsible for AIDS.
This is a passionate defence of the importance of scientific evidence and the power of experiment, and a look at what scientists themselves need to do to earn trust in controversial areas of science in the 21st century.
Sir Paul Nurse became president of The Royal Society in January 2011. The documentary appeared in February.
The gist is in this video.
See the whole thing on Documentary Heaven. Among other things we discover the truth about the so-called Climategate revelations. Even more important we are reminded about just how science works. Too many of us seem to have forgotten, or never knew.
** It’s worth following this thread at Deltoid on Monckton’s reaction to Meet the Sceptics. Unfortunately too you can’t see the doco on YouTube any more, or on the BBC site. Apparently the production company that managed the program is Fresh One Productions, more known for Jamie Oliver’s various programs. They seem to have slapped copyright infringement on YouTube. So seeing the ABC won’t show it, it appears, your chances of ever seeing it are receding fast. I guess you could buy it somewhere…
Add to documentaries NOT shown on ABC — though available from the ABC Shop:
1. David Attenborough, Climate Change
The first part of the DVD – ‘Are we changing planet Earth?’ – explores recent natural disasters and looks into how they are linked and whether human activity has played any role in them. Climate Change takes viewers on a journey around the planet, analysing Hurricane Katrina, melting glaciers, starving polar bears, floods and bushfires. The journey is beautiful but the message is alarming – however Attenborough pulls it off without preaching.
This analysis of current problems is followed by a glimpse into the future and a look at what can be done to prevent further damage to the planet. The documentary is wonderfully directed by Nicolas Brown and the call to action following the evidence presented in the first half of the documentary creates a compelling argument. “Man has an unprecedented control over the world and everything in it – what happens next is very largely up to him,” says Attenborough.
As with all of Attenborough’s work, this is no surface view of an issue. All of the evidence for climate change is thoroughly examined and the viewer is taken to polar ice caps, to the top of rainforests, into glaciers and all around the world in a bid to better understand the highly complex phenomenon of climate change. Attenborough doesn’t jump to any conclusions and questions whether changes to the planet’s climate could be a result of natural variation. The conclusion is bleak: “Our planet is being transformed, not by natural events, but by the actions of one species – mankind.”…
2. Dr Iain Stewart, Earth – The Climate Wars.
That takes you to the documentary. ABC recently ran his Planet Earth series, but this one seems to have gone to the don’t touch basket. It is extremely good.