The Great Global Warming Swindle

The Great Global Warming Swindle

2007, Environment  -   280 Comments
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The Great Global Warming SwindleThe Great Global Warming Swindle caused controversy in the UK when it premiered on Channel 4. According to Martin Durkin's documentary, the chief cause of climate change is not human activity but changes in radiation from the sun.

Some have called The Great Global Warming Swindle the definitive retort to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Using a comprehensive range of evidence it's claimed that warming over the past 300 years represents a natural recovery from a 'little ice age'.

According to the program humans do have an effect on climate but it's infinitesimally small compared with the vast natural forces which are constantly pushing global temperatures this way and that. From melting glaciers and rising sea levels, The Great Global Warming Swindle debunks the myths, and exposes what may well prove to be the darkest chapter in the history of mankind. According to a group of leading scientists brought together by documentary maker Martin Durkin everything you've ever been told about global warming is probably untrue. Just as we've begun to take it for granted that climate change is a man-made phenomenon, Durkin's documentary slays the whole premise of global warming.

"Global warming has become a story of huge political significance; environmental activists using scare tactics to further their cause; scientists adding credence to secure billions of dollars in research money; politicians after headlines and a media happy to play along. No-one dares speak against it for risk of being unpopular, losing funds and jeopardizing careers."

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1 year ago

One of the things that should be a sign to all in regards to whether or not man made global warming is a serious thing are the statements that "The science is settled", followed by a refusal to debate the subject with legitimate scientists who hold an opposing view. Global climate science is such a complicated thing that there is no possible way that in reality "the science is settled". Especially when their proof is computer models. Computers in this current age are not powerful enough to accurately model future climate change, with all of the affecting factors taken into account.

1 year ago

Global Warming raises 2 issues that are commonly conflated.
1. Is earth warming?
2. Is mankind responsible for that?
Science is clear on item 1. Yes the Earth is warming. This documentary clearly shows that item 2 has not yet been definitively answered. Despite evidence to the contrary the UN and many governments carry on as though Mankind and his CO2 output is fully responsible. There can be no doubt that mankind is disgustingly dirty in regards to its care of the planet and therefore there needs to be a change in behaviour but what COP26 hopes to achieve in Glasgow may well result in our planet becoming more polluted in the future.

Brian Wm. Burnett
2 years ago

I have watched this documentary many times.
I find it to be a sane explanation to how and when CO2 became a demonized and monetized gas.
And a cash cow for all the ones with a vested interest supporting this concept that we can't let the earth warm up.
The sheer conceit is these eco-warriors think they can control Mother Nature.
Makes as much sense as the concept the delusional ex- prez of the US had about altering the paths of hurricanes with atomic weapons.
The planet has warmed and cooled many times without mans aid.
The human race has survived numerous past climate changes. And will adapt again to whatever comes our way.

the world id cooler
2 years ago

so if C02 makes the wolrd hotter, why do we have longer winters every year?

2 years ago

It's April and 39F outside. We are burning nearly double the fuel from last year, and the cold is lasting longer, and is lower... Our Heating Bills $$$$ prove the FRAUD of global warming .

Maryanne Casillo
2 years ago

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3 years ago

I have 2 words...geoengineering...radiation

3 years ago

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Hugh Matchett
5 years ago

There is an equilibrium here. More CO2 means more "food" for vegetation and forests which in turn increase in growth and trap more CO2. We are clearly seeing the Sun driving climate change and possibly due to normal statistical variation. Man-made CO2 is insignificant compared to the scores of other much larger factors involved. Reducing our own output of CO2 will have no effect at all.

Roger Andout
5 years ago

"Be cool", but at what environmental cost?
Saw this prog in 2007 and wondered what has changed in 11 years. But 11 years is infinitesimally too short a period to measure in a meaningful way, climate change, as it's now known as. Interesting to note that "ad hominum" arguments are still acceptable if one disagrees with another.

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6 years ago

whoever thought a good idea to run intrusive loud forced ad windows should be fired. Do u not get it when at 2am and doing private work on a computer and some frek has designed your site to break in with loud ads that we can't shut down or until we find it. Now the baby is to talk to the fired people who did this,You did fire them right??

Sherri Lange
6 years ago

This is an amazing document about scientific perversion, and the "religion" of global warming. Industrial wind was spawned from these lies. Industrial wind is the largest scam of the modern age: produces net zero world wide, and yet is completely destructive to human health, animals, birds, bats....many species will or are becoming extinct.

6 years ago

This is drivel. The CO2 is the highest in 1 million years. The CO2 enters the world's oceans to make Carbolic Acid; which dissolve the calcium carbonate based shells of crustacians or at least cause difficulty in generating the shells. This may lead to a catostrophic collapse of the Ocean food chain. Every glacier within 100 miles of my house in the BC Mountain ranges are melting to oblivion. It's Physics STUPID! Heat casues expansion & istabilty in most materials. Cold causes contaction & stability.

6 years ago

This is a translation from 43:00 to 45:00 "Communism caused global warming"
Im just laughing right now

6 years ago

CO2 is still bad for you, though

6 years ago

Listen, I'm in China, a huge pollutant to the world, and we just hit 900 AQI! Do you think that that occurs naturally? Because if you do, talk to the people that have lost friends and family to pollution.

6 years ago

Hippies are the worst.

7 years ago

A few too many people tend to believe into the first thing they hear. Often they hear the wrong thing first. Changing that is like trying to get rid of a govt program. That is the purpose of govt school and BanksterCorproGovt Media, to get to you first.

If you have read enough technical reports, you will learn not to trust any report unless the raw data was included and that data readily shows the same claims as the report. Often it does not. More often the raw data isn't included. Why are they hiding?

One of the NuWrldOrdr paths to Socialism-Communism is controlling you through Enviro Laws. It is their Green Agenda and purpose govt funds pseudo science "climate change". To justify what they desire to do. This has been known for many decades outlined in a book called [None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen] who was not funded by the oil companies nor was the co-author a stock investor type.

When you have corporate sponsored entities like The Nature Conservancy using govt as arm twister to condemn your land for them for a supposedly endangered species, which isn't at all, after which they trade that and several other neighboring properties for something else they really wanted ...or sell it back to the govt for much more than they stole it from you for, then you will understand the corruption.

I know people who put out more methane than cattle do; because those people eat GRAIN or processed grain products when they should not. Their stomach wasn't designed to eat much grain nor were cattle.

When your doctor tells you there are 16 known stomach types (last I checked which was a long time ago), some differing greatly, and that not all people were designed to eat the same thing, or can handle the same quantities of certain things, then you will have found a doctor that knows at least that much and "may" be wise enough to tell you that if your ancestry is from the great white north and get bloat and gas when you have grains in your food, you likely need to concentrate more on vegetables and meat (if there are vegetables where you are at) and stay away from grains. Likely fewer stomach types until cross breeding of tribes from different regions of the world became more prevalent. I have never met or read of such a doctor. Most excepting naturopaths are taught from big pharma textbooks. Discovered the stomach types while looking for something else in an old thick dictionary or encyclopedia. I suspect that the intestines have differences as well. I can also imagine there are some unfortunate cross bred heritages that have more food sensitivities due to the fact that their stomach and intestines aren't a perfect match and/or live in a region unsuited for those particular types of organs ...or worse yet, both. And those that can consume most anything and be fine, for the same reason but with better luck. I've read and watch docu's on doc's who claim "everyone" should follow what helped them and those they helped. They seem to all forget the Eskimos and similar. Lots of grain growers in polar bear territory isn't there, cough cough. Yet these docs are deemed "wise men".

What is the most detrimental thing to life on earth right now today?

Make no mistake GeoEngineering (weather modification +) IS one of the worst problems we have today. If you don't believe there is such a thing then you have NOT done your homework. You can see good videos at You can see the govt documents (under their documents menu item) which provide for it. If you know or can locate the ACTUAL commercial routes, then all the planes laying down trails of toxic nano metals designed to absorb moisture and to kill life, are GeoEngineering planes. In rural areas like I have visited, that is most of the planes since the few commercial flights take a certain path. In some locations or more and more locations they have been avoiding the row and grid looking paths so as to fool the public. With the more efficient engines of today, condensate trails are not formed unless extremely cold. There is no such thing as a "persistent condensate trail" that spreads out into a haze in about 20 minutes or so. Condensate trails evaporate from the outside so they typically don't spread out like a chem trail. Watch the 2 minute video of a camera plane following a chem trail plane. Watch the video following that one for much more. A contrail would not turn off and on like that of the chem trails.

Get up to speed. Al Gore is a bore and full of beans or many of us would be under water already. YOU are breathing in TOXIC metals regularly from all the chem trails. All life is being impacted by it. Trees, vegetation, crops, and all the critters large and small.

Best I can tell GeoEngineering/Chem trails as well as GMO "foods" and vaccines are being used as chemotherapy to kill off the cancer called most of the human race. If you agree there are too many people, then go first, volunteer, be a good example to your beliefs, as the elites should do, who are causing all of the man made chem trail droughts here, floods there, die offs or stunted crops here and there.

One can readily imagine that the bee die offs are related to chem trails. There were plenty of insecticides and herbicides for years but it seems the bee die offs didn't occur until sometime after the chem trail heavy metals were spewed out all over en mass.

I would like to know how bad things happen, really?
Is the money they pay you worth it to be spreading toxic metals all over the planet? Are you that chicken crap of finding another job? Who would load and fly all the planes if decent people refused? THE MILITARY! Just order them to do it... Yet the military code of conduct states that you are not to follow orders you know to be illegal. Regardless of what any general, colonel, etc. says, how can it be, knowing what it does and is doing? Stripping snow pack from the West. Causing flooding elsewhere. Toxifying the air everyone breathes, the soil, the once fresh water, the food, everything.

HAARP is designed to heat things up. The nano metals. The upper atmosphere to cause weather changes, and much much worse.

Get up to speed folks and contact your congressman to stop man made global warming which is GeoEngineering.

7 years ago

I remember when scientists predicted global cooling, and I am using that as a basis for my opinion on man made global climate change. Scientists are stupid, unless they say something that proves how smart I am

monty burns
7 years ago

Having said that, I do believe we need to be cleaner. If not for the warming, for the quality of air and the cleanliness of the oceans.

monty burns
7 years ago

CaycePrice, very well said. I thought this doc would be all about blasting the climate change theory from a few select quacks. I was surprised at the alternative data, and number of people speaking. I remember growing up in the 80's and hearing that the Antarctic ice was expanding and getting thicker, how it might cause an ice age and maybe even wobble the earth due to the added mass down south. Funny thing was how one solution to this issue was a few guys who thought having ships sail the ocean making clouds would help cool the planet by blocking the sun. This was carried by the media as "something to look at" ....

7 years ago

The RSS satellite dataset shows no global warming at all for 225 months from February 1997 to Octber 2015 – more than half the 442 -month satellite record. There has been no warming even though one-third of all anthropogenic forcings since 1750 have occurred since the Pause began in February 1997. The entire RSS dataset for the 442 months December 1978 to September 2015 shows global warming at an unalarming rate equivalent to just 1.13 Cº per century. Since 1950, when a human influence on global temperature first became theoretically possible, the global warming trend has been equivalent to below 1.2 Cº per century. The global warming trend since 1900 is equivalent to 0.75 Cº per century. This is well within natural variability and has little to do with us. Note that since 1998, global GDP per capita has increased 60%, infant mortality has declined 48%, life expectancy has increased by 5.5 years, and the poverty headcount has dropped from 43% to 17% despite a population increase of 40%. Nostalgia for a 350 ppm world seems somewhat misplaced, if not downright perverse. See World Bank, World Development Indicators, Povcalnet, and "CARBON DIOXIDE: The good news".

7 years ago

The real question is, who gives a damn?

The facts are we are destroying our natural ecosystems at an unprecedented rate, and extracting our natural resources even faster... is that sustainable?

Do those of you that don't 'believe' in climate change care AT ALL about the destruction I'm talking about? Or are you only interested in being right?

John Tripp
8 years ago

Kind of pointless, we are going to have it one way or another. Dumb primates.

Folix St-Lolrent
8 years ago

this documentary as been debunk by the same scientific who are in this documentary and some have even complained that what they said was twisted even some of the graphic used have been twisted to fit the agenda of this doc

lex lexich
8 years ago

oh yes, we have no impact on the environment whatsoever, lets just burn more and more fossil fuels and lets just breed till there is at least 25 000 000 000 of us... jesus whatta load of horseshit

9 years ago

If the atmospheric warming was due do changes in solar inputs then you would expect to find uniform warming. What we find is that in large thermal stores such as the oceans the temperature is increasing. Furthermore, in the lower layers of the atmosphere we find warming in contrast with a cooling in the upper layers. That would seem to suggest that heat is being increasingly stored and that the 'greenhouse' model is accurate. At the very least it is a significant problem for science to focus on and not simply dismiss as a 'hoax' or a 'swindle'. Also, i would just add that just because people will manipulate, and ultimately use this issue to make money, does not mean that the scientific arguments backing it are invalid. You can be frustrated with the way numerous individuals behave, and given our current economic structure could perhaps predict it, but that does not mean you should reject the validity of the scientific claims on that basis. To reject it, you need to stick to science.

9 years ago

Swindled? How? Solar works, Wind Works, Tidal Works, Geothermal works and all reduce co2. so where is the swindle?

Scott McKissack
9 years ago

I am sure man is making a small mark, but if we were not here, there would always be climate change going on, some quite drastic.

9 years ago

Just goes to show what a 'Scam' so called Glow-Bull warming Is.

9 years ago

Their are still many of whom want to believe that man is not commiting seppuku with co2 inspite of their weak presentation.And inspite of the overwhelming evidence that dose support it, yet how can one deny that industrial waste is not seriously poisoning Earths air and water.

9 years ago

Ok. the first half was good. there are obviously many other factors creating climate change other than CO2. but to be anti solar in the end is ridiculous, especially when you only show two tiny soar panels. Just because CO2 doesn't cause climate change doesn't mean coal and oil aren't significantly polluting and poisoning areas of the earth.
Im not saying Africa should start off with solar, but its always good to be as efficient as possible, causing the least amount of pollution as possible, and supporting as few wars as possible. the only way humans should be generating electricity is through solar, everything else is based in greed and corruption. What could be safer than a massive nuclear power plant that's 93 million miles away from the earth, that all life already relies upon???

9 years ago

What a great documentary! Interesting and so well done, and very convincing. All of the scientists, and everyone interviewed, spoke in terms that a non-scientific person could easily understand. If you are looking for both sides of the issue, however, you won't get it from this.

9 years ago

Whether global warming is man made or not is irrelevant, in my opinion. What is undeniable is that we are poisoning the biosphere and treating the planet like a toilet. Just, y'know.... pack it in. Why not use environmentally friendly energy sources? Why not try and make the planet a pleasant, clean environment for our kids (well, your kids. I'm having none, thank you very much)? Instead of just acting like spoilt brats "WHATEVER, I'LL DO WHAT I WANT!" Freedom is not an absolute and unfortunately, due to the fact that the planet is a shared space, we do, to some degree, bear some responsibility to the rest of the species.

9 years ago

In the first place every opinion is political and there will all ways be someone making profit of either choice you make. Second, I would like to say to all people who think this is a swindle, go live in an industrial city near a road and keep your windows open as much as possible.

10 years ago

Finally, a documentary that states the obvious regarding what is driving the weather patterns on our planet. In my opinion, this should not be confused as too whether we are poisioning the biosphere. ( not a promo for the corporations to run amuck) What I like most about this doc is that for all the bloggers out there who hang their entire belief system on science, tend to forget human nature, and many people's desire to brainwash the masses, all for a buck, fame, or fortune. (enviromental funding, business ventures, etc - ergo modern day snake oil salesmen)
Ultimately, you can get the masses to believe anything, and every once in a while it is nice to get a breath of fresh air, even if a smoggy one!

Russ Tul
10 years ago

I'm shocked! How could, in this enlightened age, half of all humanity have been hoodwinked into falling for this massive scam? Quite incoceivable. The for-profit media have let us down once again. I'll have to read up on this.

10 years ago

... Humans are made of Carbon, Carbon Dioxide is poisonous to humans. I

Martin Kukan
10 years ago

I cannot find anywhere else that humans produce less co2 than volcanos, actually I only find that humans produce 135 times more co2 than volcanos
Also the vapour vapor argument seems not valid, if you search little bit
I'm really lazy to search any further, it seems biased though

10 years ago

I can't believe that people are still supposing that this film is wrong - the fact is that a lot of people can make a lot of money from the fear mongering that the global warming swindle propagates. Think about it

-manufacturers can now open new markets by selling electric or hybrid cars supported by legislation that mandates certain carbon emissions,

-governments can bully through carbon taxes under the guise of being in our best interest

-Al Gore gets rich from dinner speaking circuit

-new sub-industries spring up around things like carbon neutral products and construction

-production of EPCs and SBEM calculations by consultants with fees going to government agencies for something based on completely unproven ideas

WHAT A SCAM. Face up to it, we are being played like fiddles by the people who run things.

10 years ago

Earth's aerosol production and lapse rate inversions, combined with moist air increases cause clouds. Why do you think we are able to seed clouds during periods of high solar activity. There is a link between "cosmic rays" and clouds, but the extent and importance is still debated. This documentary is using it as a cold hard fact.

10 years ago

Here's something curious...maybe there's no correlation but here it goes: the only scientists that find global warming a hoax are found on these radical documentaries while scientists that teach students in universities are all in agreement.

10 years ago

Until we eliminate all of monies tied to everything we see and hear there will never be any real truths. War is more profitable than peace, disease is more profitable than health, polution is more profitable than clean. Pro and Con docs are more profitable than eliminating the real problem " MONEY ". Money is a drug and the junkies will watch us all die before they get reformed. Money based society is the disease that we all have. We need to have a resource base free of MONEY AND POWER.

10 years ago

I liked this doc. until it tries to make solar energy sound as a poor way to go. At that point this doc. came of as pro iol industry.

kate chandler
10 years ago

Meh, the politics aside, a pretty poor effort: barely one piece of data, 80% conspiracy theory. Oh, and no mention of methane at all...

10 years ago


10 years ago

great doc the truth hurts

11 years ago

This documentary is as bad as "No Intelligence Allowed." Please take time and research the individuals interviewed in this program. You will find that individuals were extremely misrepresented, words taken out of context, and peoples professions identity inflated. I mean, don't you find it alarming when a number of charts and explanations in this film aren't claimed? We have unpublished findings coming from unknown sources and they expect you to take it as fact. Not only that, they don't use any recent evidence to deconstruct the human impact theory. I would love to point out every mishap in this film but truly don't have the time or energy. Please fact check for yourself. And while your at it. Check out how real scientific findings are reviewed and published. You'll be astonished and bored at the same time. It's actually the most truth driven institution by far. Shame on you if you take this films word for it without question.

11 years ago

... and if you want to know more about cheap forms of energy for Africa, then you should really look at documentaries and reports about oil and gas extraction in Nigeria. Not sure whether that can really be seen as cheap or in any way desirable.
No one wants to kill the African Dream.
There are some pretty neat alternatives to oil and gas ... and you can power an awful lot more than a transistor radio with solar power.

11 years ago

1) The nitrogen, oxygen and trace gases are not greenhouse gases (GHG). They do not react to the infrared rays from the heated surface of the Earth. Without the GHGs water vapor, CO2, methane and N2O, nights would become extremely cold. The natural greenhouse effect warms our planet by appr. 30 centigrades, and keeps the climate relatively stable. The greenhouse gases, water included, is about 1% of the atmosphere, but that percentage is crucial for advanced life. The oxygen and the nitrogen would be of no help in this respect
2) Really?
3) Climate has always changed on the planets around our sun because of varying solar inputs. These variations are called Milankovic cycles. These cycles have in previous times caused climate change over thousands of years. As a rule, CO2 has not been the driving forcing factors, neither on Earth nor on Mars, but rather acted as a feedback mechanism enhancing the original Milankovich warming. Mars is currently a bit closer to the sun than earlier. The slight polar meltings on Mars has nothing to do with CO2. The current problem on Earth is that our burning of fossil fuels are moving carbon stored in the soil to the atmosphere, and thereby has warmed the Earth 1 centigrade in addition to the natural 30 centigrades. This slight warming might not be so problematic per se. It is the feedback mechanisms that eventually will decide the scope.
4) of course. Nobody disagrees.
5) meteorology actually knows quite a lot. And climatologists too. There is a significant difference between weather and climate.