— The Erimtan Angle —

At the time, The Scotsman’s TV Review stated that this BBC documentary constituted “a rare example of valid scaremongering designed to educate viewers about the reality of our endangered environment. Scheduled to coincide with the Copenhagen summit, Hot Planet admittedly often felt like a hectoring lecture on global warming aimed at the studiously dense (“below the Earth’s surface it is incredibly hot”), and wasted valuable time trawling through the well-known basics”. Nevertheless, the reviewer concluded that “I cannot deny the importance of its message, the occasional insights it provided nor the sincerity with which it was delivered”.[1]  Without further ado, here are scientists-cum-presenters Iain Stewart and Kathy Sykes talking about our Hot Planet.

As for COP15 or the above-cited Copenhagen summit: the ‘Copenhagen climate conference COP15 resulted in a document called the Copenhagen Accord. It was hammered out by a small group of countries – including the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas polluters, China and the US. The conference as a whole did not adopt the accord, but voted to “take note” of it’, as related by the BBC.[2]


[1] “TV review: Hot Planet” The Scotsman (09 December 2009). http://www.scotsman.com/news/tv-review-hot-planet-1-771489.

[2] “Q&A: The Copenhagen climate summit” BBC News (21 December 2009). http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8278973.stm.

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