A High Court judge has urged caution and balance when showing school-children Al Gore’s film ‘An inconvenient truth’ on global warming. The judge, Sir Michael Burton, identified nine incorrect claims in the popular film in his judgment on a challenge brought by a school governor over whether the film should be shown in British schools.
The School governor described Gore’s film as ‘a political shock-you-mentary’. The Judge said that the film could be shown but should be accompanied by guidance notes that balance Mr Gore’s ‘one sided’ views.
The false or unsubstantiated claims listed in the judgment are: (1) Sea levels could rise by 20ft in the near future; (2) Pacific atolls have been evacuated; (3-6) the drying out of Lake Chad, the decrease in snow on Mt Kilimanjaro, hurricane Katrina and coral bleaching are the result of man-made global warming; (7) the Gulf Stream will stop flowing; (8) changes in carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures were an exact fit for the past 65,000 years; and (9) polar bears are drowning due to lack of ice in the Arctic.