New Gore Twist To Fire Footage

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NT NEws: AN Alice Springs filmmaker has refused to sell footage of a firestorm to former US vice-president Al Gore – to use in Mr Gore’s climate presentations – because the event was unrelated to climate change.

Chris Tangey from Alice Springs Film and Television recorded the phenomenon on Curtin Springs Station, 360km southwest of Alice Springs, while scouting locations for a film.

The footage has been an international sensation, reported widely in global media.  Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

In an email exchange with Mr Gore’s office, Tangey said using the footage in a climate-change framework would be “deliberately deceptive”.

“I am aware that you may have missed the reporting on the very localised nature of this firestorm,” Tangey wrote.”However, in any case, I am confused as to why you would offer to buy a licence to use it at all unless you had conducted even elementary research which might indicate that this Mt Conner event had direct linkage to global warming/climate change.”

Al Gore presenting 'An Inconvenient Truth'Joel Lisonbee, manager of the NT Climate Services Centre, agreed and said he would not link such an event to global warming. “This event was better described as a dust devil within a fire. Most of us have seen dust devils and know they are not uncommon,” Mr Lisonbee said.

“You need hot, dry conditions but you get those in desert-like conditions everywhere, regardless of global warming.”

Jill Martin, from Mr Gore’s office, said the famed American climate change advocate wanted to use the footage for up to five years in his PowerPoint presentations to live audiences worldwide.

“Mr Gore recently saw the amazing footage of the fire tornado taken on September 11, and is interested in showing it during some of the presentations he gives on environmental topics,” she wrote.

But Tangey said it was “difficult for me to imagine a fire event less relevant”.


Antarctic Climate Facing ‘Rapid’ Changes: Chief Scientist

Australia’s chief Antarctic scientist says claims by climate experts about environmental changes in the southern continent are not alarmist. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) told a Senate estimates hearing today “rapid changes” taking place across the icy land mass would have significant impact on global climate.

Changes in ocean flows and shifts in Antarctic ice cap levels were occurring at rates faster than at any other time in history, chief scientist Nick Gales said. “That’s the part that is the most dramatic about the information we’re receiving,” he told the hearing.

Scientists were detecting major changes in the circulation of deep, dense salty water off Antarctica. This water, which drives the circulation of the world’s oceans and in turn climate patterns, was reducing, while becoming warmer and less salty. One can visit Australia and get  flights to Perth, where lot of research on climate issues those impact marine biodiversity and land use pattern could be studied.

Meanwhile, parts of the Antarctic ice caps were melting at unprecedented rates. “The findings around changes in Antarctica and the southern oceans are critically important to driving world climate,” Dr Gales said.

“That is the engine room of a large amount of world climate, so changes there are important.” He dismissed suggestions the claims were alarmist, adding scientists were “by definition” sceptics and based their conclusions only on testing data.

Australian scientists “overwhelmingly” report on the basis of their findings, and strive to make clear statements about uncertainties. There was “no doubt” scientists were observing rapid environment and climatic changes in Antarctica, Dr Gales said.

“The role of scientists are not to be alarmists, and not to downplay the data, but simply to report it. “We take that responsibility, certainly through the Antarctic program, really seriously.”

The hearing was told a major, multinational research operation was under way to measure any changes occurring to the enormous expanse of Antarctic sea ice.


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