Science and Hollywood: a discussion of the scientific accuracy of An Inconvenient Truth
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An Inconvenient Truth (hereafter AIT) is a documentary about Al Gore’s campaign to educate citizens about global warming and inspire them to take action. Although scientists do not view Hollywood as the best way to communicate accurate scientific information, it is hard to ignore the impact that AIT has had on the general public. Since AIT was released in May 2006 it has grossed more than $49 million dollars worldwide (ranking it as the fourth highest all-time grossing documentary).1 AIT garnered additional attention by winning two Academy Awards (including Best Documentary Feature) and in 2007 Al Gore shared The Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his “efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundation for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”.2Whether scientists like it or not, AIT has had a much greater impact on public opinion and public awareness of global climate...