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Global Warming Movies: Criticized, and Critical, Climate Change Documentaries

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 09:28 PM

“An Inconvenient Truth,” released in 2006, is the most famous of all global warming movies. An Academy Award winner, the documentary is about former Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to educate society about climate change and its detrimental effects on the planet. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the film portrays Gore’s message via a comprehensive PowerPoint slide show. The film went on to spur other films with a similar message.

Many of these climate change movies are denounced for lack of scientific evidence and have produced polarized views between the political left and right.

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Here are three of the most criticized climate change documentaries and the reasons why they were condemned. The fourth entry is a documentary that criticizes the ideology of the climate change films.

1. “An Inconvenient Truth” — The blog ClimateSanity posted a dissertation titled Criticisms of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.” In it, nine inaccuracies of the film were cited, including claims that Mount Kilimanjaro’s snows are melting due to global warming, Hurricane Katrina came about as a result of global warming, and that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice.


2. “Chasing Ice” — In a review of this 2013 film about the melting of the polar ice caps, Deakin University literary studies professor Ann McCulloch wrote, at The Conversation: “[It] is a significant film. It is exciting to the mind and visual imagination of anyone who accepts climate change as a reality. But its narrative is not riveting, and probably not persuasive to most climate change skeptics.


3. “The 11th Hour,” narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. The film received mixed reviews but was panned by film critic Roger Ebert, who said "So does the movie motivate us to act on it? Not really. After I saw Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth,' my next car was a hybrid. After seeing 'The 11th Hour,' I'd be thinking more about my next movie.”


4. “The Great Global Warming Swindle,” is, itself, a documentary that criticizes the global warming theory and the movies that proclaim it. The film asserts that science on climate change is influenced by funding and politics and questions whether the situation exists at all. It has also attracted its own share of criticism. A blog at New Scientist cited a few of its errors.

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"An Inconvenient Truth," released in 2006, is the most famous of all global warming movies. An Academy Award winner, the documentary is about former Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate society about climate change and its detrimental effects on the planet.
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