(Hmmm…light the blue touch paper and retire to a safe distance)
A recent Channel 4 documentary shown in the UK has been referred to the media regulator Ofcom after being accused of falsifying data in order to better support the view that there was a firm correlation between solar cycles and recorded temperatures on Earth. 37 senior scientists have complained that the programme had breached broadcasting rules on the misrepresentation of views and facts.
One of the participants in the programme who is an avowed climate change sceptic has accused the programme makers of peddling falsehoods.
Eigil Friis-Christensen, director of the Danish National Space Centre, has issued a statement accusing the film-makers of fabricating data based on his work looking at the links between solar activity and global temperatures. He says that a chart that he produced sometime ago to show solar sun spots and global mean temperatures had been doctored within the programme in order to say that these were directly related to recorded temperature changes rather than as any result of man made emissions on Earth.
Dr Friis-Christensen,who is a physicist, believes that solar cycles play an important role in climate change but says that not enough effort has gone into addressing the theory.
C4 is also accused of selectively using out of date data regarding solar activity.Whilst the good Doctor remains a climate skeptic he has joined the 36 other scientists in lodging a formal complaint against the programme and pressuring the film makers to correct the fabricated data before any release on DVD though that is not within Ofcom’s remit and so the programme is likely to be released as broadcast.
Obviously the whole global warming and its possible causation often results in intense and passionate argument. For me life shows me that very little is simply black and white and I remain open to whatever facts (not faction) emerge from future debate and research. I am personally involved in actions of recycling ,reuse and energy conservation which I believe are smart and prudent (sounding very Gordon Brown there) actions regardless of any proven or disproved linkage regarding possible climate change and its linkage to human activity .
The original documentary can be viewed here
Right I’m back off to be me eco-bunker.