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A "complete" list of all things caused by global warming.

A new video making the rounds on the internet aims to educate viewers on the media hysteria surrounding global warming. Nothing more than a collation of various news clips accompanied by a peppy sound track, it lists some of the many events which have been attributed to climate change: everything from cannibalism and kidney stones, to earthquakes and prostitute shortages in Eastern Europe.

The nine and a half-minute video, which can be seen on YouTube, is entitled "Global Warming Causes More Sex". Also blamed on global warming were events such as rises in mental illness, brain eating amoebas, decreases in racial and sexual equality, increased numbers of plane crashes, invasions of vampire moths and killer jellyfish, and the possible explosion of the planet itself. And, of course: more sex. For everything from seals to human beings.

Some claims were highly specific -- one story attributed the 1993 "Black Hawk Down" helicopter crash in Somalia to climate change. Another blamed it for the birth of a three-headed frog. Even the absence of the Loch Ness Monster was chalked up to climate change.

While the clip is light hearted, it is not a spoof -- all the claims originally appeared in media sources such as the BBC, the Times U.K, CNN, MSNBC, and others.

Many of the claims are contradictory, such as stories claiming both colder and warmer winters, ones predicting more plant growth versus ones claiming less, larger coral reefs versus smaller ones, saltier oceans versus declines in salinity, and even a pair of stories, one claiming future wines will be stronger, the other weaker-- all courtesy of man's greenhouse gas emissions. In classic Ponzi-scheme style, no matter what happens, at least half the predictions will be correct.

The video was created by Robert Wagner, a financial analyst and optometrist from Ohio. Wagner says he created the video to tell "the story the media is failing to deliver". The material is drawn from the website, "A Complete List of Things Caused by Global Warming", created by Dr. John Brignell, Emeritus Engineering Professor at the University of Southampton, U.K. According to the site's mission statement, its goal is to combat "the scares, scams, junk, panics, and flummery cooked up by the media, politicians, bureaucrats, so-called scientists and others who try to confuse you".

Wagner, who says he is entirely self-funded, plans more videos on the subject.

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By otispunkmeyer on 11/24/2008 7:10:37 PM , Rating: 2
this video just sums up what ill call climate change (as opposed to warming)

many people look at me like im dirt when i tell them my stance on the climate. now... if they paid any attention at all, they'd realise that i do believe the climate is changing. its just the dilema of whats actually causing it. theres so many competing theories (some questionable because of whos preaching it) is it man made CO2 (and more importantly CH4 - methane) or is it just part of a natural cycle? being an engineer im quite skeptical of certain claims...especially when theyre backed up with seemingly random stats. i want hard numbers and hard proof.

and this video explains it clearly... there isnt any, just confusion and alot of hysteria. yes the earth has warmed and cooled over the centuries, but this is the first time its been looked at with any depth... the first time theres been any attempt at any real understanding of how our climate system works. because of that i expect that there will be people barking up the wrong tree, people somewhere in the region of it and people who are smack bang on the money, and thats whats happening. lots of info, lots of competing theories and people doing research...we're at the stage where lots of things are possible, plausible even.

only problem is.... until something drastic happens, none of it is really certain.

then theres the problem of the multi-billion dollar industry based solely on the premise that its all mans fault the climate is changing. this makes one think that perhaps numbers are skewed or that counter arguments are silenced completely in a bid to keep the money flowing and the businesses a float. when money is involved...some people will think nothing of bending the truth or even flat out telling a pack of lies if it means they can get a little richer.

for example... having to pay more for "green" just makes you think, are they cashing in? or does it actually cost more to produce? are they simply exploiting the dumbasses out there that will swallow anything the mass media feeds them?

still, i am of the thought that whether climate change amounts to anything or nothing at all, we're better off playing the "better be safe than sorry card". if it is all our fault for driving cars then at least we tried to do something about it...possibly averting catastorphe.

if it all amounts to nothing then we're still better off... we'll have better products that are easier to recycle and cost less energy to produce, we'll have more economical cars, more efficient devices that cost us less to run.

i mean really its win win isnt it?

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