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    Former US Vice President Al Gore's claim that his latest climate change campaign was watched by 8.6 million people has been refuted when actual figures showed that it was closer to 17,000 viewers.

    Despite Gore, 63, successfully getting speakers including Renee Zellweger to make appearances, website 'Watts Up With That?' has revealed that internet viewing figures were way below those reported by him.

    Using web traffic information to estimate visitor numbers, the website said that even 17,000 viewers was possibly generous.

    Even video highlights of the talks posted on YouTube proved to be unpopular, with some films receiving just one or two views.

    The Internet campaign, named '24 Hours of Reality', spearheaded by the former presidential candidate was supposed to raise awareness about climate change.

    The multimedia presentations showed how extreme weather events, such as floods, fires and storms, are linked to climate change.

    The hourly broadcasts were filmed from locations across the world including Beijing, New Delhi, Jakarta, London and Rio de Janeiro.

    Meanwhile, Eric Young, Deputy Communications Director, The Climate Reality Project, refuted reports numbers were inflated.

    "We are thrilled by the vast global attention 24 Hours of Reality received. Millions of people around the world watched and engaged online and in person," the Daily Mail quoted Young as saying.

    "Our strategy was to bring the event to as many people as possible. We achieved this by partnering with Ustream, whose player was embedded in sites across the web, not just on our homepage.

    "This was in addition to the watch parties in homes, schools and businesses, and the live television broadcast on Current TV," he added
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