Climate Change

Climate Change

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Climate ChangeThe Climate Change series explains how greenhouse gases work, looks at alternative theories to climate change, and debunks the huge number of urban myths that are zipping round the Internet.

A basic look at how climate scientists infer that man-made carbon gases are changing the climate, and how this view is contradicted by other climate scientists who are skeptics.

Also looks at alternative hypotheses put forward by real, professional climate researchers, and the findings of real, professional climate researchers who disagree with them.

Discusses the urban myths spawned by two iconic films - An Inconvenient Truth and The Great Global Warming Swindle.

Whatever you "believe" about climate change, there is no excuse for the kind of exaggerations, fallacies and fabrications we see in films like these.

The aim of the author is to cut through the junk science designed to evangelize this issue, and show what the actual scientific research shows us.

The author is a YouTube activist named Potholer, who also made the series From Big Bang to Us: Made Easy.

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Concerned Libertarian
Concerned Libertarian
5 months ago

Hang on a minute.
Potholer says earlier on the video that a doubling of co2 will lead to a global temperature rise of 1 degree C, but then later says a doubling of co2 will lead to a global temperature rise of between 2-4.5 degrees C.
So which is it?

ordinarily I wouldn't even bother, I would assume it was just a small statistical error on Potholers part.
But he has gone to extreme lengths to show the same contradictory errors by other climate commentators.

So what gives. So far great video compilation, but you just lost a few points in my book.

I hope the rest of the presentation doesn't have any more of these contradictions.
or maybe I misunderstood something.

I'm late to the game here as this is an old video, but clarification would be good.

naveensreedevan loyola
naveensreedevan loyola
5 years ago

why don't you moerate criminals who enter politics and kills millions?
I heard pen is mightier than the sword. what about 'big mouth' of policy makers who engineer wars? "war on terror" that is more powerful than the pen. so my pen wont kill innocents. might be with witten word I can shut down a few scmbags websites, coporates 9tesla inc etc) and others who are promoting social media crpa of thsese fake guys who are now leaders

Mandly
Mandly
5 years ago

If you believe everything you are told; then you believe that oil comes from "fossils" and decayed matter. That definition alone made me think that if the public believes oil is a fossil fuel; it must be valuable. And it sure is!

DustUp
DustUp
7 years ago

ANY discussion of so called climate change that fails to address:
a. Worldwide GeoEngineering/Weather Modification as adding to the problem
b. the reason "global warming" was changed to "climate change" and c. longer term climate cycles, are like talking about an omelet without eggs.

Large corporations want severely increased regulations that hinder their smaller faster better competitors nipping at their heels that can ill afford to deal with all the red tape (socialism communism red is always about getting rid of the competition). When these large corporations have hit hard times and want relief from enviro regulation, it usually means their competition has been devastated. Thus the big boys have little to fear in getting regulatory relief and before the cure that saved them kills them.

NASA is a joke. When they put out videos of their silly hairspray girls supposedly in the space station when actually in a vomit comet jet aircraft, which you can see the up and down effects of the aircraft creating the weightlessness during the filming of the supposed space station residents, you have to pause and question what you are being fed. When one of the guys slips up, states to a kid allowed to ask a question, that they are in Calif(?) ... and when you see air bubbles travelling up through the water in a supposed space walk, I wouldn't believe ANYTHING out of NASA. It is just another means of consuming your money so you have less of it, so less free to battle big bro with. Unfortunately the joke is on us.

Yes, indeed, investigate for yourselves. Investigate the fake everything you are being fed, including the very GMO food you eat.

De Neice Kenehan
De Neice Kenehan
10 years ago

The producer is named POTHOLER? Really? I suppose one cannot accuse him of being on the industry payroll. The deniers are more slick. You typically find their talking heads linked directly to dirty fuel or to tobacco flacking firms.

Arthur Putter
Arthur Putter
11 years ago

Sorry but I cant respect the opinion of someone who doesn't seem to know the difference between a "contrail" and a "chemtrail". When he then refers to the "attacks" which occurred on 9/11, I just don't want to listen to him anymore - period.

Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore
12 years ago

As if "scientists" are so morally superior and objective....part of the problem is that so many of these studies eliminate contradicting evidence. Scientists are just like every other person - they want funding and to be renown. Modern science evolved from Darwin who was not even a scientist...so he would say that Darwin is an id**t because he had no scientific training to make the theories around cross-species evolution. Since Darwin wasn't a scientist, he would say that Darwin's whole argument based on the simplicity of the cell shows that Darwin was completely off base pretending science.

Pablo Sánchez
Pablo Sánchez
12 years ago

Sorry... but the format (plain spoken slideshow) is absolutely boring and demands too much attention for not just fall asleep.

Kitana
Kitana
12 years ago

He keeps talking about how politicians, journalists, etc should not be trusted as reputable sources on the subject of global warming because they will just politicize the subject instead of just sticking to the hard data, and will only pull out pieces of information that appeal to their already formed personal opinions - but he IS himself just a journalist - not a climatologist, and already has his opinion on global warming and has pulled articles and sources (although they are all reputable sources) that support his already molded findings. So should we really trust him either? No.

Nikola Živanovi?
Nikola Živanovi?
12 years ago

In part 2, from around 08:30 to 09:30, it speaks about influence of airplanes on temperature. If we allow planes to fly only by day, in theory the temperature would come down, right?

Rocky Racoon
Rocky Racoon
12 years ago

Once the perafrost melts and all that methane is released it is all over and with plans to increase tar sands production four fold by 2020 well that is game over as Hanson of NASA says..
Cheers,
RR

Rocky Racoon
Rocky Racoon
12 years ago

alla that money the feds gave the banks is being used for speculation that is what is driving up the cost of gasoline.
RR

TreemanTop
TreemanTop
12 years ago

It's interesting that creationalists want to dismiss the whole climate science based on 2 scandals.

Good thing we didn't apply the same thinking to the Bible when copernicus saw the stars through his telescope and discovered that the 'heavens' could not be 'above' (which is what the Bible states)

If you're looking for scandals which dismiss beliefs then the bible is full of them.

Booti Time
Booti Time
12 years ago

The guys effort to put some science in the climate change documentary world is very admirable. I wish docs on the subject talked a bit more about runaway climate change, positive feedback (which was explained a bit in the first or second video) and permafrost carbon forcing, which in my opinion are all very important to be aware of. Debunking parts are kinda fun to watch if u can follow, but not particularly interesting. By the way, what has the guy against Al Gore?! I love the guy!
Ah since we talking about oil companies, Shell is trying to start drilling operations in the artic region, you really dont have to be an ecologist to understand on how many levels this is wrong. if u have time help out greenpeace with their artic program.

StevenLJones
StevenLJones
12 years ago

The news media treatment of the climate scientists is enough to convince me that the oil companies are making big money and don't want the party to be over. I use Daily Science to get the latest on climate science.

David Foster
David Foster
12 years ago

Besides... We'll never willingly give up our toys just to save some puny little space rock! So it doesn't really matter how much we know, or who is telling the truth. Our nature is to go on insisting that the cause -technology- will eventually provide the cure; when, in reality, all technology has done thus far is to make MORE. And MORE is all that mankind really gives a **** about.

KsDevil
KsDevil
12 years ago

I believe what I am told. If what I am told is wrong, I believe the person who told me it was wrong. Wash, rinse, repeat. Life is so much erasier on the brain if you let others think for you. Signed: far too many people I know.

Anthony Pirtle
Anthony Pirtle
12 years ago

Potholer demolishes Monckton.

kate langille
kate langille
12 years ago

Eye opening!

wald0
wald0
12 years ago

Just checked out potholer54's youtube channels, this guy is brilliant. I love his debunk channel even more than his regular channel. Of course you have to admit the creationists serve up some real soft balls for him so its no wonder he hits one grand slam after the other. He isn't even a scientist, just a science journalist, yet he does a better job of sticking to peer reviewed, non sensationalized science than many Phd's I have heard talk. Because he is a journalist and has studied communication he knows how to express complicated science in simple ways, how to build analogies poeple relate to, etc. This is a skill most scientists lack, they study science and computation not communications and journalism. If we had more media like this guy maybe scientific theories wouldn't get so distorted and be so misunderstood by the general public. Can't wait for his ice age vid.

Ollie
Ollie
12 years ago

Excellent documentary. I'm no expert on climate change but it's great to finally have someone lay out the facts in a balanced and non-sensationalist manner.

wald0
wald0
12 years ago

This is one of the most scientifically based documentaries I have ever seen on this site, hats off to the maker. The true essence of science is tediously strict standards that require hours and hours of repetition and intense scrutiny, all so you can average out the results, which at times feels like intentionally dulling a knife you just spent weeks sharpening. It is necessary though, because we are looking for underlying trends, not the results of one or two spectacular events. For it is in those underlying trends that the laws that rule the physical universe manifest themselves, and we get the priviledge of discovering them, man I love science.

rohithc99
rohithc99
12 years ago

Words' CO2 has caused many climate changes in the past'. That is when I and many rational people know they are dealing with an ideological zealot rather than 'representing the science.'

good thing I didn't waste 3 hours of my time and bandwidth/

sean c
sean c
12 years ago

I think there is one thing we can all agree on....climate changes. I don't think we play a significant role in how the climate behaves but we probably have a minor effect. Pollution on the other hand needs sorting out. When one looks at the offending greenhouse gasses in parts per million it's absurd that Carbon Dioxide has been singled out as the bad guy. That could not be further from the truth if on understands simple chemistry and it's actual effect on the weather systems and climate. The scientists from the Gore camp took the view that Co2 was responsible for warming when elementary science tells us that Co2 levels only rise following warming. Hmmm...what's wrong with this picture. Certainly it has created a nice little earner for the likes of Al Gore in the trading of Carbon units and taxing. There was no vested interest on Gore's part and I will not have it that he is any less of a saint for trying to make a few bucks out of our misery given he was saving our collective arses. Or was he? Nah, he was looking to make a killing in the market by selling us the air we breath. The ultimate scam and us folk, dickheads that we all must be, swallowed it. We deserve everything we get because we are idiots.

robertallen1
robertallen1
12 years ago

I have neither the knowledge nor the qualifications for assessing the situation. However, one of the beauties of this set of documentaries is that it shows two basic sets of respected and obviously qualified experts coming to two disparate conclusions based on the evidence--and yet there's mutual respect between the two groups. This is science at its finest.

I wish I could be say something similar about the media' but this documentary also clearly demonstrates how underhanded and despiccable the people in it really are--they will do anything for a headline, except report accurately. I only know that if I were a reporter writing a story on this subject, before going to print, I would subject my article to the same peer review described in these documentaries by submitting it to qualified representatives of both sides for critiquing--and if my editor didn't like it, I would kill the story and if he insisted that it be published without such review, I would resign, for in that case, I'd rather be doing something else.

norlavine
norlavine
12 years ago

Read 'drinker69' comment way down this list - he has summed it up in a nutshell!

KooKookaChoo
KooKookaChoo
12 years ago

Wow, what a concept: researching a topic before you raise your blood pressure spewing crap with such emotion. This happens all the time -- really, a quick wiki search will give you at least some information that is publicly moderated - it's a start anyway (check out the sources section for more info or the quality of info presented), and it'll save face when you decide to attack someone with stupidity.

Ivan Croatia
Ivan Croatia
12 years ago

the new topic in our local alternative group is new news that northatlantic current and norvegian current are off!? does anybody know a documentary on golf curent and those currents, I watched one last year cant find it, they are wessel of our planet and climate. Do you think this katastrofic winter in europe is caused by that???

dhjudas
dhjudas
12 years ago

Having watched so, oh so many documentaries, from both the realistic nuetral perspective type through to both extremist points of view on the climate change dilema. Not to mention numerious articles i've been following for the past 10 years that have never been at all "related" to the climate issue, but have kept in mind and think it is indeed related perhaps. I've come to a potential theory...

1: Nasa reported about 2 years ago give or take that earth was experiencing an unexpected and currently unexplained increase in energy bombardmen, cosmic radiation, beyond that of the normal amount we usually have experienced prior to 2000-2005. They reported that it has been steadily increasing, they don't beleive it'll be problematic (or so it was stated in the article).

2: Magnetic Storms or Magnetic Polar shifts have been recorded and in realtime today are wildly getting spun around, while this is still argued when or how fast something like this could occur, from 6 hours to taking hundreds of thousands of years to make a complete swap, doesn't matter, in the meantime while it's in the process of flipping, the magnetic shield weakens, gaping holes appear, and this lets in significantly more energy as well (likely contributing to #1 above).

3: Nasa also reported strange and sudden activity "recently" on all the other planets in the solar system, with noticeable increase in temperatures, as well as "storms" either weather or magnetic/eletrically charged, showing up too. This i find very intrigueing.

4: Our place in the galaxy isn't set in stone, nor is the galaxy, Scientists today that are able to study our position within have started expressing that earth along with the solar system obviously, has traveled through the various energy and dust zones including the massive galatic spiral arms which in places are heavily charged, it is no doubt that if we were slowly migrating into one of these areas, that there could be a considerably effect, some have even suggested that this could account for massive changes to earth and it's inhabitants, including reasons for mass extinctions for no apparent reasons.

5: Solar, The sun is the true sorce of all our heat and light energy, without it the earth would grow cold and oventually freeze (taking quite a significant number of years to do so due to the geothermal energy that would remain). Common Sense woud suggest that any change in the suns light/heat/energy output would significantly change temperatures or other things we may not be aware of for earth as well as other planets.

In conclusion, i think some of these things are either being ignored or consideraed unrelated by numerous "climitologists". The larger picture is more difficult to prove. But i only listed off 5 very basic things that are mostly outside potential impacts. Among all the material of watched and read, the most common issue i'm seeing is the lack of cooperation and working together from all aspects of science. They continue to concentrate on one thing and totally disreguard anything that Partially or MAY have a direct contributing impact. I really think all areas of science need to sit down and have a damn good discussion EVEN if some of the damn scientists think there is no way Science "Z" has any impact on science "B" for example...

drinker69
drinker69
12 years ago

All the gases and poisons we humans pump up into the sky in the form of pollution is not the cause of climate change. Seasons are the cause of climate change. Climate change(or the thought thereof) is caused by mainstream media trying to deflect people's attention to issues that affect them caused by other people with no souls. People will gasp loudly when someone on TV shows them a piece of ice falling 20ft into the water from Antarctica and start devising ways to save the world but won't say boo when someone starts another war or continually bends you over financially and gives it to you dry in the butt. The pollution from cars, farts, industry and bombs goes harmlessly into the sky, through the atmosphere, into the stratsophere where it diffuses infinitely into the universe to swirl around with the extraterrestrials who won't come and fkkn help us not destroy ourselves. So pollute away because climate change is a sham. You think someone in a wartorn, poverty stricken toilet gives a hoot who pollutes. I speak the truth. I do not wear a tin foil hat. Its a hollowed out armadillo shell from the 60s. Damn you Al Gore. Damn you.

AstraStarr
AstraStarr
12 years ago

from my blog at AstraStarr dot com Does global warming exist, or is it a ruse by leftists to perpetuate some sort of climate scheme? Well, I feel, IT DOESN'T MATTER! It is a proven fact that vast numbers of species, plant, animal and otherwise, are in danger of extinction. Environmental degradation and pollution has permanently damaged eco-systems, water and air quality. This is all common knowledge, and regardless of how one feels about climate change, pollution is harmful to global health- undisputed fact. Why then is the proof of, or lack there of, one aspect of our earth's state such a deal breaker? If indeed global warming is an inaccurate scientific judgement, then does this justify pollution carte blanc? Conversely, if climate change is real, then does that now give environmentalists permission to focus only on carbon emissions and neglect other global deprivations? Go ahead and ask yourself, considering it is impossible to 100% validate these assertions about the earth's life cycles and our effect on them, does it matter; it being the argument itself and it's conflict feeding priority? Will mattering or not suddenly make pollution, smog, chemicals, and deforestation reversible and the earth any better?

Brian King
Brian King
12 years ago

I'm generally a big fan of Potholer's videos. Usually very well laid out, and very plainly stated. And usually quite verifiable. I'm looking forward to this one.

beals8888
beals8888
12 years ago

ok i know what your saying but we are running out of oil fast so maybe 50 years we will using other means of energy so if it is co2 .so co2 will fall then. if we dont kill every one by then with war.

beals8888
beals8888
12 years ago

Again sky is falling right, act on what! so a warmer earth means less food? water? if say we did stop all co2 what then hmm the earth would be dead . is that Weight for you lol ! with respect beals.

beals8888
beals8888
12 years ago

So why fake it at all why? co2 is what living thing do when thay grow and what is the sun doing after all it is the heat for it that warms the earth. and it seems to me all thay what to do is make a co2 tax , tax life it self! lol in the 1970 thay said iceage was coming, allways sky is falling. I think this is nuts, ITS THE SUN NOT CO2! IT IS THE SUN NOT CO2! LOOK AT THE SUN, JUST LOOK AT IT!

Samuel Morrissey
Samuel Morrissey
12 years ago

A well put together debunking of several urban myths and how they come about mainly through invested lies and false appeals to authority. Preaching to the converted for me, but anyone who is suspicious about the function of science should watch this and take note. Otherwise his style is cutting, his tone carefully balanced between incredulity and calm like when dealing with children. Made me laugh more than a few times, Cheers Vlatko & TDF.

Regards, Sam.

Anthony Pirtle
Anthony Pirtle
12 years ago

An excellent series of videos.

Tanzanos Eleytheros
Tanzanos Eleytheros
12 years ago

Thanks once more for a very interesting documentary! :)