An inconvenient truth


If we want to avoid future generations spitting in our faces and demanding damages from us, we need to do something for the planet. The iguanas outside the window of my home in Genoa, look at me like a foreigner by the October summer sun. The crickets sing all night long. The bees do double the work summer/winter. Data about the greenhouse effect is by now provided daily just like the weather forecast. It is overwhelming us. Just as the waters will do for the coasts and the cities.
But there are always the sceptics. The ones that donít believe and that say there are always alternatives. Without ever saying what they are. Others who more modestly just arenít bothered. The glaciers melt. The rivers run dry. The water tables go down.
Thatís enough of catastrophe-ism. Enough of the normal catastrophic drift to avoid facing up to the problems. 279 species of plants and animals are moving northwards. Malaria arrived from the Andes. The melting of Greenlandís glaciers has doubled in the last 10 years. And the catastrophic drift continues with forecasts for our grandchildren. Those who will throw our bones away in a rubbish tip.
By 2050 the North Pole will disappear, a million species will be extinct, sea level will be up to 5 metres higher.
Al Gore has produced the film: 'An inconvenient truthí. The English version will be out on 21 November. This is the first time that Iím advertising a film. Itís a tiny tribute, a stupidity for the salvation of the planet.
Straight away we can make a contribution to improve earth with tenthingstodo.

1 Use compact fluorescent light bulbs
2 Use the car as little as possible
3 Recycle
4 Check tyre pressures on the car
5 Donít waste hot water
6 Donít buy products with lots of packaging
7 Regulate the thermostat in your home
8 Plant a tree
9 Turn off the machines in your home
10 Send this list to others. Spread the word.

They donít need great strategies, they are boy scout actions. There are no excuses. Iíll add another one. An agreement with banks that contact me for loans for the purchase of solar panels for blog readers. And then another one for Prodi: tele-working for the public administration, to get to 30/40% in a few years. Thatís all for now. Iím worn out. Look at the trailer.

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the movie is interesting and it is true that our planet is changing rapidly for the worse.
However, we should also consider other voices that may cast some clouds on the whole global warming theory.
Temperature changes in our planet a cyclical. They happened in the past and will happen in the future. The temperature rise that we are facing now started about 300 years ago, so well before the beginning of the industrial revolution.
It is true that an increase of CO2 produces an increase of temperature, however, drilling and sampling the ices on South Pole, scientist have discovered that the increase of CO2 happened after the increase of temperature. And this is in open contrast with the current global warming theory.
But we also know that when the temperature increase the Oceans release CO2 and vice versa. Therefore some scientists have argued that CO2 production is an effect of the temperature rise and not ONLY a cause. And Oceans have risen in temperature constantly over the last 300 years, as it takes approximately 300 years to warm up all the planet sea water.
So how did this temperature increase started? Simply thanks to the largest and most powerful energy source available; the Sun.
Solar activity has been monitored for many years and it has been proved that the Sun has been particularly active in the last 300 years just long enough to warm up the Oceans.
Solar winds, that reach Earth every day, ďbrushĒ away cosmic rays that are responsible for the clouds formation. More solar winds less clouds and more irradiation. And apparently this is what happened and this is what is happening now.
So more solar activity has produced an increase in the water superficial temperature that eventually has increased the whole water temperature and this has release CO2 that in turn has increased the temperature even further. And this goes on and on.
So Oceans are by far the biggest ďreleasersĒ of CO2; they do not produce CO2 they release as much as they have absorbed before.
All biological activities release CO2, and volcanoes release CO2 as well. These are by large the biggest CO2 releasers. Human activity comes fourth and it is somehow almost irrelevant when compared to the rest.
I am not suggesting that human activity is not to blame, but we should look objectively at what is happening.
I whish that, rather than having abundance of coal we had abundance of a Hydrogen, that we could use as easily as we can use coal.
I whish we were able to eat grass, like cows do but we canít.
And unfortunately most of what we eat, drink, use on our daily life contains carbon that combines easily with oxygen producing CO or CO2.
Really there is very little we can do, and even if we close down all factories and stop driving cars, using planes and go back to pre-industrial revolution time, we could not reverse the trend that is happening on global scale.
But most important it is our politician that are profiting from global warming. Look at the risen environmental budget. Look at how much we are globally spending now to fight climate change. Mr. Gore has now a new political identity but he will not deliver any tangible real change. Because they all know it will be irrelevant.

Should we then sit and wait while pumping more and more CO2 in the atmosphere. Not absolutely not. Everybody has to do his or her best to help the environment but we should also prepare for global changes that are inevitable.
And helping the environment does not only means reducing CO2. It means reducing waste, reducing chemicals, plastics, while our governments prepare serious measures to re-distribute water, fight against flooding, and secure the survival of human race.

Posted by: andrea ceccanti | August 3, 2007 07:13 PM

I wonder what would come out from the tests of any of our employees in Rome.

Mi domando cosa verrebbe fuori e che effetto farebbe fare questi test sui nostri "dipendenti" di Roma.

Posted by: Cesare Quarinto | January 4, 2007 08:02 AM

Italian native speakers who speak english need ur help .
I wish this was screened around the world for the gap between rich and poor people to become a bit more equal.

Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | January 2, 2007 07:22 PM

Why making the screening of the film a thing of the EILTE people?
I heard about it coz i am a subscriber of the irish 'FRIENDS of THE EARTH'
This NGO only sent an email 2 subscribers to tell em that THE IRISH FILM INSTITUTE was screening it!!!!
i fully agree for it to be screened to pupils and so on and so forth, but i believe that even my granny has to have a chance to go and c it.....
CANT make of my nephew's future a matter of money ( SILVER and GOLD )
And i do not want to travel to MARS or VENUS or elsewhere!!! 2 complicated and expensive!!! 2 many books 2 carry w/ me!!!

Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | January 2, 2007 02:15 AM

Hi, there is a big interest and movement around the film "An Inconvenient Truth" and it is going to be more in the future. For example a small company has set up a donation account to make the video to been seen into schools in USA, that has been forbidden (see the link below). The movie is already mandatory viewing for students in Norway and Sweden. What about Italy? Is this thing moving? I suggest to invite the meetups to make the same as described in ths link:
Thank you!

Posted by: mauro mazzerioli | December 15, 2006 07:39 AM

"An Inconvenient Truth"

How apt a title for your Blog!
But who is going to change to solar or wind power when the cost of the components to make it all work is so expensive!

Has anybody tried to buy a 24 volt d.c. to 220 volt a.c. converter lately? If you really want to power your house you'll need a unit that will handle about 3.0 KW (an electric kettle, the washing machine & a few lights! + maybe the t.v.)

Very little change from Euro 1500 ~ and the solar panals,(and/or wind generator) batteries & charging system has yet to be added on. Give or take 10 years and 'maybe' you get your outlay back!

Unless you are dedicated to the "Environmental cause" nobody, at this time, is going to invest!
Sadly it is 'at this time' when the investment is needed - but unless the manufacturers are able to convince their banks that halving their sales price is going to triple their sales - The whole idea a proliferation of 'home power systems' is simply 'pie in the sky'.

Then of course there's the European food mountain, 'somewhere' with 'X' millions of tonnes of subsidized butter, tomatoes etc. rotting away
quietly away until it's spoiled and then dumped, incinerated or whatever they do with it.

Meanwhile we hear all sorts of 'placibo talk' about bio-diesel and various rubbish from the oil companies telling us how much they are doing to "reduce sulpher" & etc. All expounded on the back of the smallest possible amount of truth.

But it's a political decision to really push for carbon neutral fuels and the oil company lobby makes sure that this doesn't happen! And it will never happen so long as there is no political will to make it happen.

Political Will : Sounds nice ~ `How hollow'!

Can anybody out there point out an incumbent politician with "Political Will"?

On the bright side; 75,000 years ago there was an eruption of a 'supervolcano' in Indonesia. Big enough to wipe out about 80% of all living things on the earth (Inc mankinds forebears), it caused the last true Ice Age (we are just now melting the last of the ice!) and the world recovered!

So we can be assured that the World can look after itself - It doesn't need mankind ~ It's a survivor!

Posted by: Paul Carroll | December 12, 2006 02:48 PM

I am an american and I have seen the film. I was actually somewhat disappointed, but I try on a daily basis to do what I can. It is interesting for me to read all these posts from italian, australians, etc. I have been to italy several times and participated in the G8 protest in Genoa 2001 this was really informative for me seeing a community and culture so verbal and active about its concerns. We do not protest in the same way here anymore it seems..I am beginning to question the format of protest. where is going to the streets taking us. in italy you see a more direct if not temporary and superifical fix to questions/demands. in american the protests in the streets are meaningless and used against us. one last observation. When I do go to italy I go to milan generally and everyone is driving, there is exhaust soot on every surface, and there are cars everywhere. And when I suggest to friends that we skateboard or ride bikes to a bar they laugh at me. Additionally all the young people are smoking(each cigarette butt polutes 30 gallons of water), and throwing there trash on the is this radical? how is this new generation working for change, do they care. i as an american, trapped in a horrid system am looking for new ways of understanding and approaching change and I look to italy and europe for some of the more progressive modes of action, but when I am there i question this sometimes. I have only visited for a few months each time so I do not have a fully funtional idea about how italys system works. How would you fight in america? thanks.

Posted by: Jessica Thomas | November 28, 2006 08:02 PM

... and try to convince your government to stop giving so much money to the oil companies. But then, maybe that's just an American problem.

Posted by: Mike Jeppesen | November 6, 2006 11:12 PM

David,paying taxes is not the answer to solve the problems od global warming,we need alternative energy,that doesn't pollute the enviroment,I would tax the company that create lots of pollution,ciao

Posted by: evakulnura | November 3, 2006 10:43 PM

Al Gore's recommended changes in behavior for those who are silly. What we need is a tax on hydrocarbons. I want petrol to be so expensive that if I see someone driving a huge petrol consuming car I will thank them for paying so much tax for the rest of us. I will thank them for helping society.

Posted by: David Neubert | November 3, 2006 09:14 AM

if interested look into,ciao

Posted by: evakulnura | November 2, 2006 06:19 AM

Sorry wrong title,the right one is "who killed the electric car?"ciao

Posted by: evakulnura | November 2, 2006 06:06 AM

there is a documentary just come up today on the movie,called "what happen to the electric car?" sound very interesting,the movie critics gave 4 stars the higher rate,just to let you know,I'll try to go and see this week end,and let you know what I think about,ciao

Posted by: evakulnura | November 2, 2006 06:02 AM

I found a complete transcription of the movie here:

Posted by: Nicola Ferralis | November 1, 2006 07:37 PM

Interesting. Gore has been controversial through the years (remember when he claimed that he invented the Internet?). However what is important is what he thinks now, mostly when compared to what the current administration thinks and acts.

However we need to look at the future. We will be voting in California next week, and one proposition we are asked to vote is about funding of alternative energy sources and containment of green house gases. What is proposed is actually a stricter set of regulations than the what proposed by the Kyoto protocol. Of course this is only California, but as we know lots of things started here.

We will see how it goes.

Posted by: Nicola Ferralis | November 1, 2006 07:13 PM

Here is the link:

Posted by: paola filinesi | November 1, 2006 05:00 PM

Al Gore or no Al Gore have a look at Wikipedia's article about the Kyoto Protocol and the Position of each country in particular
(USA,China,India,Australia ect.).

Then we can talk about the whole issue and what we could or couldn't do as individuals...!!!!

Posted by: paola filinese | November 1, 2006 05:00 PM

here in Australia,we are colletting signatures and lobby the goverment about it,all done in the internet,people has seen the movie and interview of AL Gore on ABC tv,and they want some actions from the politicians,is the beginning,of something big,the movie has shaken everybody from their seat,if you like to see the Al Gore interview go to enougthrope is a very good show, one of the few that a reccomend ciao

Posted by: evakulnura | October 31, 2006 11:36 PM

Great article to discuss, All nations have some responsability behind this situation.


Posted by: AC investor Blog | October 31, 2006 08:33 PM

Related: Few months ago Al Gore was guest at the NBC show "Saturday Night Live", where making a bit fun of himself he pretended himself to be the president of the US in a parallel world. Global worming is the the main issue here!

Worth a watch!

Posted by: Nicola Ferralis | October 31, 2006 07:59 PM

An increase of about 1 meter of the see level would force millions of people into refugee camps. We are not talking about Venice. We are talking about several areas in China, India.... (without forgetting half Manhattan, half Florida, half Louisiana). The time frame is not clear, but let's not say that any increase in see level won't affect anybody. What we saw during Katrina and the tsunami could be the rule.

Posted by: Nicola Ferralis | October 31, 2006 06:50 PM

What about a huge manifestation called "RESET DAY" to be held in Rome or MILAN?
More than 100,000 people marching peacefully with you.
All the power of your Blog translated into a flood of people asking for changes!
We can choose 3 major points of change to be discussed by you and all your collaborators and friends during the meeting.
Then we could collect signs for a referendum!
Direct democracy from the Blog to the streets!!!
Think about it.

Posted by: Luke B | October 31, 2006 06:40 PM

Sell that house on the beach, then!

Posted by: Immo Bilien | October 31, 2006 06:13 PM

Yes, it is possible that the sea level will get higher by 2050! Yes, but it won't be so quick to do many victims I think. Even if there is people who says we will see its effects already in 2 years. Hopefully at that point, everybody will take "provvedimenti"! everybody will spit on gas!!

Posted by: francesco filippi | October 31, 2006 04:55 PM

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