Reply To: An Inconvenient Truth dispenses w piffling equivocations

Martin W

    Another balanced piece on Gore and his Nobel, in Chicago Herald Tribune; includes:

    The scientific consensus on global warming looked much different when Al Gore left elective office in 2001 than it does today.

    Most of the remaining doubts some scientists harbored about the impact of human activity on global temperatures have disappeared in the last few years. Gore’s recital of climate facts in his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” contains some flaws, but most experts agree he is correct on the biggest point: The earth is on a path toward a perilously warm climate and the release of greenhouse gases is playing a key role.

    Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he has mixed feelings about Gore’s approach. Emanuel said while Gore has helped persuade the public to take climate change seriously, his movie contains “some exaggerations that make climate scientists wince,”

    “There’s a lot of science in there that people have a hard time refuting,” said Jerry Melillo, director of the ecosystems center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, who helped author past Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.

    Science backs Gore’s premise