The judge says that Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” promotes “partisan political views” and contains “nine scientific errors” that are not supported by mainstream scientific consensus.
But he went on to say that the government could still send the film to schools—only if teachers warn pupils that there are other opinions on global warming.
Without informing students about other views on the subject, the government would have been breaching education laws, the judge says.
The Oscar-winning documentary was distributed along with four other short films to 3,500 U.K. secondary schools in February. Gore’s film was also sent to schools in Wales and Scotland.
The case was brought by school governor Stewart Dimmock, from Dover, a father of two, who is a member of the New Party. "I am elated with today's result, but still disappointed that the film is able to be shown in schools,” Dimmock says.
The nine errors alleged by the judge include:
- Gore's assertion that a sea-level rise of up to 20 feet would be caused by melting of ice in either West Antarctica or Greenland “in the near future". The judge said this was "distinctly alarmist" and it was common ground that if Greenland's ice melted it would release this amount of water - "but only after, and over, millennia".
- Gore's assertion that the disappearance of snow on Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa was expressly attributed to global warming. The court says the scientific consensus is that it cannot be established the snow recession is mainly attributable to human-induced climate change.
- Gore's reference to a new scientific study showing that, for the first time, polar bears had actually drowned "swimming long distances - up to 60 miles - to find the ice". The judge said: "The only scientific study that either side before me can find is one which indicates that four polar bears have recently been found drowned because of a storm."