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Global Warming & Climate Issues

Danger Ahead (Climate & Man; 6).

This program suggests some less drastic solutions to the global warming : reducing CO2 emissions; using the sun and the wind as energy sources; using nuclear power; reducing energy usage; curbing or stopping the use of CFCs; preserving the rain forest. It may also be taken as a given that, while individuals may be able to adapt to climatic change, societies cannot. c1990. 26 min.

Dimming the Sun

While global warming has been heating up the world, recently scientists were stunned to discover that the sun has actually been growing dimmer, with less and less sunlight reaching earth's surface. In this episode of Nova climatologists unravel this baffling climate detective story. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS television program Nova, April 18, 2006. Original program: Global dimming, BBC, c2004. Dimming the sun has additional material. 56 min.

Everything's Cool

A film about the most dangerous chasm ever to emerge between scientific understanding and political action - Global Warming. The good news: America finally gets global warming; the chasm is closing and the debate is over. The bad news: the United States, the country that will determine the fate of the globe, must transform its fossil fuel based economy fast (like in a minute). Features scientists, journalists and activists including Step It Up's Bill McKibben, Pulitzer Prize winner Ross Gelbspan, the Weather Channel's Dr. Heidi Cullen and White House whistle-blower Rick Piltz.

Global Warming (Climate & Man; 5).

Shows the effect of rising temperatures on earth, with its foreseeably disastrous consequences. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1990. 26 min.

Global Warming: Hype or Hazard?

Skeptical ecologist Bjorn Lomborg questions the frenzied focus on global warming, arguing that time and money would be better spent tackling more concrete and rapidly spreading environmental issues. Over a dozen scientists and researchers are featured in this provocative program that uses hard evidence to counter the sensationalism in the media's coverage of global warming. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 40 min.

Global Warming: The Signs and the Science.

This documentary profiles people who are living with the grave consequences of a changing climate, as well as the individuals, communities and scientists inventing new approaches to safeguard our children's future. Filmed across the U.S., Asia and South America, this program brings the reality of climate change to life and offers viewers a variety of ways to make a difference in their own communities. Dist.: PBS. 2005. 60 min.

Green House Effect.

Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide which traps the sun's heat and raises the world's temperature. The impact on sea level, crop growth, and rainfall could be disastrous for us and all living things. This disturbing program addresses questions vital to our survival. What are the on-going effects of our insatiable appetite for generated power? How can we prevent environmental catastrophe? 1989. 50 min.

Hot Planet, Cold Comfort

Examines the latest warnings from scientists that large-scale changes in the earth's climatic systems are taking place, with potentially serious consequences. Shows what is already happening to the Alaskan glaciers. Dist.: PBS. 2005. 30 min.

Mapping the Weather (Blue Revolution; 8).

Discusses ways to measure weather and efforts made to forecast it, along with examining economic and human effects. c1990. 26 min.

Modifying the Weather: The Case of the Man-made Desert (Climate & Man; 4)

.Shows the effect of migration in the Sahel in changing regional climate; the tomorrow-be-damned policy of water usage in Arizona; and the drastic miscarriage of good intentions in Central Asia, where the efforts to irrigate the desert turned into the worst climatic disaster in the history of the Soviet Union. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1990. 26 min.