Earth: The Climate Wars (Full Version)

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Episode 1: The Battle Begins. Dr Iain Stewart traces the history of climate change from its very beginning and examines just how the scientific community managed to get it so very wrong back in the Seventies. Along the way he uncovers some of the great unsung heroes of climate change science, and introduces us to a secret organization of American government scientists, known as Jason, who wrote the first official report on global warming as far back as 1979.
Episode 2: Dr Iain Stewart investigates the counter attack that was launched by the global warming skeptics in the 1990s. At the start of the 1990s it seemed the world was united. At the Rio Earth summit the world signed up to a program of action to start tackling climate change. Even George Bush was there. But the consensus didn’t last. Iain interviews some of the key global warming skeptics, and discovers how their positions have changed over time.

Episode 3: New Challenges: Having explained the science behind global warming, and addressed the arguments of the climate change sceptics earlier in the series, in this third and final part Dr Iain Stewart looks at the biggest challenge now facing climate scientists. Just how can they predict exactly what changes global warming will bring? Its a journey that takes him from early attempts to model the climate system with dishpans, to supercomputers, and to the front line of climate research today: Greenland.
 

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The Tobacco Conspiracy (Full Version)

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In 1953 the tobacco companies, tired of being at war with each other,  met to form a common front. Although they knew then that 94 percent of lung cancer deaths were among smokers they issued “The Frank Statement” in which they denied that smoking causes cancer. This is described as the biggest public relations campaign in all history. They promised that if cigarettes proved dangerous they would be pulled off the market. While this was a clear lie there was no political opposition until the 1990s. At a hearing organized by 46 American states in 1998 each of the seven tobacco company executives who were called to testify deny that nicotine is addictive. The resolution was that they would pay 201 billion dollars to avoid a verdict. They were also forbidden to market to children (in the United States) and to make available to the public all of their documents. No documents could be destroyed until 2008. While they released millions of pages of useless information dogged research unearthed some interesting admissions: “Nicotine is addictive. We are in the business of selling an addictive drug.”
 

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  • sam

    What they really Mean it is almost addicting as ALCOHOL,and Yet IT DOES NOT KILL OR HARM OTHER PEOPLE LIKE ALCOHOL DOES….

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  • azdollarbill

    The reason for the tobacco settlement are manifold. Among them is the fact that they use fertilizer which when burned produces Poloniun, a radioactive poison. Lung cancer anyone?
    Also they add stuff which makes the nicotine even more addictive.
    The pity of it all, is that not a single penny went to those addicted to tobacco, to help them get off of it. When I was giving it up, it cost me a pretty penny for nicorette gum.

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