Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

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The references to sea level rise and increases in storm intensity and frequency in these BBC One programmes and in Climate Change: Britain Under Threat (BBC One January 21, 2007) (which also underwent the same peer review process) were carefully worded to reflect the latest scientific peer reviewed research.

Again the vagueness of reference to programmes allows the programme makers to recruit sympathy for their case while failing to pinpoint the target of their criticism. This failing is of particular significance in a polemic that centres its claims so squarely on the quality of evidence.]

(In breach of the 2003 Communications Act Section 265, Ofcom 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.11, 5.12)

[Dr Philip Stott]

Sea-level changes over the world in general are governed fundamentally by two factors: what we will call local factors, the relationship of the sea to the land – which often, by the way, is to do with the land rising or falling than anything to do with the sea. But if youre talking about what we call eustatic changes of sea-level, world-wide changes, thats through the thermal expansion of the oceans, nothing to do with melting ice; and thats an enormously slow and long process.

[Comment 108: Melting glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets do contribute significantly to rises in sea level, so this statement is factually incorrect and misleading. In fact, the latest evidence (, PDF [IPCC 2007]) indicates that melting ice contributed around 40% of the global sea level rise between 1993 and 2003.]

(In breach of Ofcom 5.7)

[Prof Carl Wunsch]

People say: oh, I see the ocean doing this last year, that means that something changed in the atmosphere last year; and this is not necessarily true at all: in fact its actually quite unlikely, because it can take hundreds to thousands of years for the deep ocean to respond, to forces and changes that are taking place at the surface.

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Comment 108: Claim that melting ice cannot affect sea level]


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