NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--When Former Vice President Al Gore won an Academy Award for his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” Feb. 25, a key assertion in his film on global warming -- that human-induced climate change will cause a rise in sea levels of some 20 feet in the near future -- had already been refuted by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The panel, which issued its fourth summary of warming trends for policymakers Feb. 2 after a meeting of scientists in Paris, claimed that sea levels could rise 8 to 17 inches over the next century as a result of the human impact on the climate. That figure is 30 percent less than the panel predicted in 2001 and about 2,000 percent less than Gore's prediction.
In his Oscar acceptance speech, Gore claimed the world needs to focus its efforts on solving the so-called climate crisis. “It is not a political issue. It is a moral issue,” said Gore, who has been stumping worldwide about the need to curtail carbon dioxide emissions -- blamed by many for global warming. ... Read More