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For our own world the peril is more subtle. Since this series was first broadcast the dangers of the increasing greenhouse effect have become much more clear. We burn fossil fuels like coal and gas and petroleum putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and thereby heating the Earth. The hellish conditions on Venus are a reminder that this is serious business. Professor Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Cosmos: Heaven and Hell, 1979
The world is not going to die because of carbon dioxide being poured into the atmosphere. And there’s plenty of proof. Professor David Bellamy
And when we look at all the ice-cores that we’ve studied that’s exactly what happens – the temperature goes up and then CO2 starts pouring out of the sea, so it’s not the driver of global warming ... If you look at the real data which is the sun-spots on the sun, we are heading for thirty damned cold years ... You hear one side of the argument; you don’t hear the other side ... It is a total scam and it’s breaking very very rapidly ... It’s a wonderful way of controlling and taxing people. David Bellamy, Late Late Show RTC1
Carbon Dioxide – CO – makes up 95% of the Venuvian atmosphere. The Universe s1e7: Inner Planets, History 2007
We have the potential to release two or three giga-tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in the next couple of centuries. When we look at the Siberian Trap volcanism we’re talking about maybe similar quantities of carbon dioxide released, but over millennia to over a million years. Professor Lee Kump, marine geochemist
Carbon Dioxide that was once in the atmosphere was locked away on the ocean floor. Tony Robinson, Catastrophe II: Snowball Earth, Channel 4 2008
Cyanobacteria were depleting them further. In combination with weathering they sucked the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and temperatures plummeted. ibid.
Carbon dioxide choked the planet. Temperatures increased by around 20 degrees Celsius over the next hundred years. It was global warming on a fast track. Tony Robinson, Catastrophe IV: Asteroid Strike
Carbon dioxide is a natural gas produced by all living things. What’s more, humans are not the main source of carbon dioxide. Volcanoes produce more CO2 each year than all the factories and cars and planes and other sources of man-made carbon dioxide put together. More still comes from animals and bacteria ... An even larger source of CO2 is dying vegetation ... But the biggest source by far is the oceans. Martin Durkin, The Great Global Warming Scandal, Channel 4 2007
1988: the year of the long hot summer. Was it just a fluke or a sign of things to come? Some scientists fear that the world’s climate is changing dramatically – they call it the Greenhouse Effect. And if they’re right, 1988 was just the beginning. Horizon: Greenhouse Effect: Hot Enough For You? BBC 1988
The Greenhouse Theory holds that the world is getting hotter and that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are the cause. ibid.
To see if this rise in CO2 has been accompanied by a corresponding rise in worldwide temperatures researchers at East Anglia University in England have been reviewing past temperature records from around the world. ibid.
This is the cleanest place on Earth – the Clear Air facility at the South Pole where the impact of human civilisation is measured. The Earth’s environmental oracle. It was in Antarctica that the hole in the ozone layer was first spotted. It is here the increase in Carbon Dioxide levels is measured. And it is here scientists are predicting doomsday ... Antarctica is warming up. Horizon: Antarctica, BBC 1997
The net records show that in the last fifty years the Antarctic Peninsula has warmed by an unprecedented two degrees. ibid.
One by-product of this increased CO2 in our oceans is that they are becoming more acidic. David Attenborough, Horizon: The Death of our Oceans? BBC 2010
Keeling’s measurements started in 1958 at 315 parts per million carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. And the levels kept on rising. Through to 2008 – 386 parts per million. This relentless year on year rise in carbon dioxide piece of evidence in the global warming debate. Iain Stewart, Earth: Climate Wars: The Battle Begins, BBC 2008
The models suggested that a doubling of carbon dioxide would warm the planet by about three degrees. Dr Iain Stewart, Earth: Climate Wars: Fight For the Future
On the same day similar marches took place all over the world: more than half a million people took to the streets in over a dozen countries ... Paris 2015: the protesters are demanding that world leaders actually reach a deal this time – a global agreement to slash carbon dioxide emissions in the coming decades. Iain Stewart, Planet Oil: The Treasure That Conquered the World III ***** BBC 2015
I had a professor named Roger Revelle who was the first person to propose measuring carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere ... He drew the connections between the larger changes in our civilisation and this pattern that was now visible in the atmosphere of the entire planet. Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006
We started measuring carbon dioxide in 1958. ibid.
If you look at a thousand years of temperature and compare it to a thousand years of CO2 you can see how closely they fit together. ibid.
When there is more carbon dioxide the temperature gets warmer because it traps more heat from the sun inside. ibid.
Much of it comes not only of cutting but also burning; almost 30% of all the CO2 that goes up each year into the atmosphere comes from forest burning. ibid.
A pollution based tax system principally CO2: we’re causing it mainly; the vast majority of it. The consequences are bad and will be catastrophic unless we act ... Put a price on the carbon. Tax is the best way. Cap and trade can also do it ... I am in favour of both. Al Gore
We are seeing no evidence in the climate record that the increase in carbon dioxide – which is real – has made any appreciable difference in the climate. Professor Fred Singer
So as with the sea-level, changes in the amount of sea-ice do not support the idea that the world is getting warmer ... There’s no convincing evidence of either a rise in temperature or an increase in sea level. The first pillar of the greenhouse theory – proof of global warming from the climate record – turns out to have no substance. Like the first pillar, the second pillar also relies on our past evidence of the climate but this time to support the claim that carbon dioxide causes an increase in temperature ... The climate record fails to prove that carbon dioxide causes temperature change. But if anything there is evidence to the contrary. The second pillar supporting the greenhouse effect turns out to be as unsubstantial as the first. The third pillar supporting the greenhouse effect is the climate models ... The third pillar supporting the greenhouse theory turns out to be as flimsy as the first two. So there’s only one remaining support for the greenhouse theory – the underlying physics. The greenhouse physics is supposed to show that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, that it absorbs radiation reflected from the Earth’s surface, and in turn emits that radiation again ... Even the final pillar supporting the greenhouse effect – the underlying physics – turns out to be as insubstantial as the rest. Greenhouse Conspiracy, originally broadcast Australian TV @1990
The temperature causes CO2 to change. Global Warming or Global Governance? PSTV 2007
Water vapour comprises approximately 97% of all greenhouse gasses; carbon dioxide comprises less than 2%. ibid.
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will in the foreseeable future cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere. 31,000 scientists signing proclamation
The US contains 4% of the world's population but produces about 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions. By comparison, Britain emits 3% – about the same as India which has 15 times as many people. BBC News, 2002
The idea that carbon dioxide – the life-force for plants here on Earth – is a toxic gas and should be taxed is laughable. Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined, 2010
When people say, Well you don’t believe in global warming, I say, No I believe in global warming; I don’t believe that human CO2 is causing that warming. Professor Tim Ball, Department of Climatology, University of Winnipeg
Few things annoy me more than to hear people talking about carbon dioxide as being a pollutant. Nigel Calder