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Alarming new slides depict a worsening climate crisis: Al Gore on TED.com

Posted by: Shanna Carpenter

At TED2009, Al Gore presents updated slides from around the globe to make the case that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted, and to make clear his stance on “clean coal”. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 7:44.)

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Comments (5)

  • Tom LeClerc commented on May 7 2009

    Why do you give the inventor of the internet the continued attention he does not deserve. He’s not a scientist and most of his theories have been proven to be bogus. Worry about what really matters, like the worsening of the human condition.

    • Peter Farrell commented on May 26 2009

      I completely concur with Tom LeClerc. Gore has no technical background whatsoever and is simply the self-appointed apostle of a global warming clique. Hiis alarmist proclamations are without substance; he makes stuff up and is rarely challenged by a salivating, technically-bereft media. The fact that the planet has been cooling since 1998 is completely ignored and the alarmist nonsense coming from Gore contains hardly a whit of believable scientific evidence. I suggest that people consult informed web sites such as climatedebatedaily.com. And to talk of scientific consensus in such a complex area as climate is oxymoronic. In science, it either is or it isn’t. To quote Michael Faraday: ‘One should hold one’s theories by one’s fingertips so that the least breeze of fact might blow them away.’ It is hard to imagine any other scientific area where people who disagree are immediatlely villified and made into pariahs. It’s a religion.

  • Tom LeClerc commented on May 7 2009

    Why do you give the inventor of the internet the continued attention he does not deserve. He’s not a scientist and most of his theories have been proven to be bogus. Worry about what really matters, like the worsening of the human condition.

  • Tim Craig commented on May 7 2009

    ‘If you think that you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.’ We are a small company in Chester UK processing returned and undelivered direct mail/catalogues. We not only provide a sound commercial service by opening sorting and scanning relevant information which enables our clients to suppress their databases we provide the ‘end of life’ solution – 80% of the carbon footprint for a piece of direct mail is in the %u2018end of life%u2019.

    All waste paper is destroyed and recycled four miles from our premises. This is helping to meet with new EU directives on waste paper going to landfill and the DMA PAS2020 regulations, which states that there is now a %u2018producer responsibility%u2019 that all waste paper generated is disposed of responsibly.

    One small step at a time. Watching Al Gore’s latest video and listening to the those who continue to deny global warming put me in mind of the:

    Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. – Flannery
    O’C

  • Jonathan Kim commented on May 7 2009

    Initiatives, such as “Repower America” should be explained and discussed more in depth via systematic, grassroot efforts. Blowing smoke with humor or simply scaring everyday folks with commercials are not going to encourage people from taking active steps when many are faced with dire economic and other life choices. The real questions are ‘What is the plan for the next 10 years, what are the goals, and what can I do to meet those goals?”