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Global Warming & Climate Issues

Acid Rain, Requiem or Recovery

Explains the concept of "acid" rain and the effects upon our environment. 1982. 27 min. NRLF #: B 4 175 325

Acid Rain: New Bad News (Nova series).

Traveling through West Germany, the mid-Atlantic and New England, this program looks at the controversy surrounding acid rain. 1984. 58 min.

Acid Rain: The Choice is Ours.

Explains acid rain, how it is produced, its geological interactions, and its meteorological distribution. Examines its effects on wildlife, the ecosystem, and the human body. Suggests ways in which to reduce the amount of acid rain and control its dispersal. c1988. 20 min.

Alterations in the Atmosphere (Fragile Planet).

The troposphere is showing the effects of man-made pollution in alterations in climatic patterns. The giant Rhone glacier has shrunk dramatically in the last century; data received from every part of the globe documents the rise in temperature. The program examines the role of rising levels of CO2 and methane, as well as of nitrous oxide and CFCs, in raising temperature. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1990. 18 min.

An Inconvenient Truth

Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences. Special features: Commentary with director Davis Guggenheim ; Commentary with producers Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns and Leslie Chilcott ; An update with former Vice-President Al Gore.

Assault on the Ozone Layer (Fragile Planet).

This program shows how the ozone layer is depleted and how its depletion is stunting, mutating, and destroying life. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1990. 18 min.

Civilization and Climate (Climate & Man<; 3).

Changing climate probably played the decisive role in drawing hominids out of the trees, up on their hind legs, and off in search of food whose supply had been dispersed by the replacement of rain forests by grasslands. Migrations were motivated by the search for food; during ice ages, when sea levels dropped, new areas became accessible and populations spread. Links between climatic changes and emerging civilizations have also been postulated; the collapse of civilizations confronted with climatic challenges to which they could not or would not adapt is clearly documented.

Climate Out of Control?

Discusses the implications of of global warming. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1989. 24 min.

Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change

Explores the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics, turning the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with worldwide consequences. Experts predict that by mid-century hundreds of millions of people will be uprooted as the result of sea level rise and an increase in extreme weather events, drought and desertification. Little is being done to plan for the potential mass migration of millions of refugees who will be forced to cross national borders.

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.