, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 5–9

Another look at An Inconvenient Truth


DOI: 10.1007/s10708-008-9130-3

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Steig, E.J. GeoJournal (2007) 70: 5. doi:10.1007/s10708-008-9130-3


The portrayal of the science of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth is largely correct. Some aspects of the film, such as the discussion of Hurricane Katrina, oversimplify the complex factors involved, while others conflate global warming with other environmental changes that may not be related. However it is not in question that continuing emissions of greenhouse gases by human activities will cause greater climate change in the future, and that the impacts of such change are likely to be negative. The chief message of the film—that this fact places important moral and ethical choices before society—is therefore an accurate one.


Climate change Documentary film Greenhouse gases Hurricane Katrina Ice sheets Sea level 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quaternary Research Center & Department of Earth and Space SciencesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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