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- Edit out the combative portions at beginning and end for a nice history of climate science regarding CO2 and warming.
About the Science
- Summary of climate science as it relates to CO2 emissions from human activities and their impact on climate. Begins with Svante Arrhenius in early 20th century, proceeds through the 1970s, when a minority of scientists focused on global cooling rather than global warming as a threat, to today's consensus. From "Climate Crock of the Week," with focus on debunking theories of climate change deniers.
- While the tone of the video is not neutral, because the Climate Crock of the Week is meant to debunk climate change deniers and their theories, the actual history of climate science is solid. Contains much of the "Bell Telephone Science Hour" television clip from 1958 but also notes various other reports and studies through the 1970s.
- Comments from expert scientist: This video highlights the difference between popular cultural media and its references to science, and actual scientific sources such as peer-reviewed journal articles, to make the case that climate skeptics are distorting history when they say scientific consensus in the 1970s was predicting global cooling. The reference to the 2008 meta-analysis published by Peterson et al. in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society which found that only 7 of 71 studies predicted global cooling was particularly compelling. I found this actual article in the library, and the video being reviewed here represents accurately the findings of that article.
About the Pedagogy
- An overview of the history of climate science in a modern, almost edgy manner, using lots of video clips from film and television.
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