https://www.carbonbrief.org/warming-war ... ate-changeOn the evening of Tuesday, 8 December, 1981, the UK’s only commercial TV channel, ITV, broadcast an hour-long documentary called “Warming Warning”. It was among the earliest occasions – possibly the earliest – anywhere in the world where a major broadcaster aired a documentary dedicated solely to the topic of human-caused climate change.
The documentary, which was made by the now-defunct Thames Television, has sat in the archives largely unseen ever since. Until now. Carbon Brief has tracked down the copyright holder, FremantleMedia Ltd, and persuaded it to release into the public domain a selection of key clips from the documentary.
The clips provide a poignant, historical insight into what scientists knew about climate change almost four decades ago – and how the world was beginning to react in terms of the resulting geopolitical, technological and societal ramifications. Many of themes still resonate strongly today.
"Resonate strongly today" is putting it mildly. All the key current issues, from the greenhouse effect to the greater warming at the poles, to sea level rise, to opposition from fossil fuel companies, are there. Sure, we've learned a lot since then - but it mostly fills in details of the big picture which was already plainly visible.