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An Inconvenient Truth

I went and saw that this weekend. It’s one of those movies you really can’t say you enjoyed, but it was worth seeing.

Before seeing it I was of the opinion that we are politcally incapable of mounting any serious effort to stop global warming. After seeing Gore’s chart on the effects of certain steps in the film, I’m more optimistic. A few fairly small steps can have a pretty solid effect.

Gore did a pretty good job representing the science as I understand it, though a few things set off alarm bells for me. One of those things was a graph showing an increase in damages estimated by insurance companies (or something like that). It seems pretty difficult to control for inflation and the increases in development that occur year by year. On a lighter note, he used the boiling frog story: put a frog in boiling water it jumps out, but in cold water gradually warmed it boils to death. You guys do know that’s an urban legend, right?

Categories: Environment, Science
  1. Lina
    July 4, 2006 at 12:47 am

    I found myself cringing at his use of cheesy cartoons. Downright embarrassing. But I agree with your comments, and I learned a lot.

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