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Connection Between Terrorism and Climate Change – As Told by Bill Nye

According to the U.S. State Department, there has been a 35 percent increase in terrorist attacks. This data is relative to what exactly is considered a terrorist attack and if domestic terrorism is considered, but I digress. Recently, there has been many debates regarding the longevity of resources such as oil and water. Because a water and oil shortage is upon us, many have become desperate to obtain these resources resulting in violence. As Bill Nye states, “The more we let [climate change] go on, the more trouble there’s going to be.”

If you’d like to see the entire interview, please click here.

An Inconvenient Truth: Film Review

An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 documentary directed by David Guggenheim and written by former United States’ Vice President Al Gore, with Gore also starring in the film. The film was produced under Lawrence Bender Productions and Participant Productions, and was distributed by Paramount Classics. Operating in the expository mode of documentary, An Inconvenient Truth follows Gore’s campaign to raise awareness on global warming through a complex, comprehensive slideshow. The film is an observational, expository, and reflexive in that it depicts Al Gore narrating and teaching viewers about information observed by the government and world.

The film had several strengths and quite a few weaknesses. The structure was somewhat difficult to follow, jumping from chronological order of the earth’s atmosphere and the climate of the government in regard to environmental issues, to personal accounts of Gore’s life. Although this structure weakened the cohesiveness of the film, the emotion that the “tangent’s” brought were powerful and served to propel the film’s conviction forward. Other strengths of the film included Gore’s charisma and public speaking prowess, the funny animations, and the music. Although many have criticized the use of a feature-length power point, its rigidity slightly compensated the loose structure. The use of found footage was very effective in that it showed the timelessness of the planet’s issues. As opposed to The Story of Stuff — a short documentary on consumerism and the environment — An Inconvenient Truth does not focus on why the environment is the way it is, but rather focuses on the fact that the environment is the way it is and how we as human beings can fix it. It is clear that Gore initially was introduced to environmentalism by Professor Roger Revelle at Harvard University, in that all the sources and people interviewed for the film were highly credible and experts in their given fields.

I felt that An Inconvenient Truth was a great documentary that was engaging and extremely educational. I think it is the perfect first film for beginning environmentalists. The structure was sometimes confusing but always brought power and emotion with it. I was too young to know Gore back was he was running for president or in office, so this film really gave me a chance to get to know him better and come to respect him.

Can You Guess Which Of These Companies Are The Most Climate Friendly?

Buzzfeed just put out an interesting quiz, and I was surprised by some of the results. Here.

Telling the Story of Climate Change

The U.S. and Climate Change

At the recent environmental conference in Paris, President Barack Obama announced his plan to stem greenhouse- gas emissions. According to U.S. negotiators, this plan will need action from all countries- the responsibility of limiting green house gas emissions can not be placed on only developed countries. The U.S. has also demanded a system for the developing countries to report their carbon emissions and their efforts to reduce them.

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Reagan, Bush 41 memos reveal sharp contrast with today’s GOP on climate and the environment

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Reagan and Bush administration memos

By Matt Allchin

Memos that were formerly classified documents from the Bush and Reagan administrations were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and released by the National Security Archive.

The documents portray two senior officials in the two Republican administrations advocating for U.S. leadership on combating climate change.

“If climate change within the range of current predictions actually occurs, the consequences for every nation and every aspect of human activity will be profound,” assistant secretary Richard J. Smith wrote in the memo.

These memos provide an interesting insight of an environmentally conscious Republican White House throughout the 1980s and 1990s.This is especially interesting when looking at the GOP officials today who deny the consensus of human caused climate change and refuse to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Read the full article here

Animals That Have Already Gone Extinct

 

Over the last 500 years roughly 1,000 animals have gone extinct and that number is rapidly increasing. Scientists are saying that the rapid increase is due to climate change, loss of habitat, and  the introduction of non-native species. Here are some infographics that give statistics on extinction. For more pictures and the original article click here

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Gasland

Gasland is a 2010 documentary created by Josh Fox. The film explores the crisis of hydraulic fracking in the United and States, showing its devastating effects on people’s health and livelihood. The film offers details about the process of fracking in an informative and simple way, and explains the hundreds of deadly chemicals and carcinogens that are making many people sick. Fox also explores how there seems to be some kind of corporate cover-up when it comes to this catastrophe. Gasland is a performative documentary. Josh Fox makes himself known in the documentary as well as narrates him. We frequently see him holding his camera and talking to his subjects, as well as participating in the “science experiments” that his subjects have created with their contaminated water, such as lighting the tap water on fire or burning water to make plastic. Also, at the beginning of the documentary Fox tells us that he was sent a letter where he was offered almost $100,000 to lease his land in order to frack, so he is personally affected by this as well.

The documentary is filmed in a handheld style with a few static shots as well. It is very raw and gritty, which shows the gross subject matter that Josh Fox is dealing with. It also feels very personal, and when watching it, you don’t feel very separated from the problem. Fox goes into people’s houses and talks with them in a casual manner. There are no indications of formal interviews. I think this is a pro with the film. Being up close and personal with these struggling people puts it into perspective, I think. Seeing the subjects in their homes, talking to their friends, family, and neighbors, shows that they are serious about what’s happening to their water and that they are terrified for their health. A few of the subjects had farms as well so the contaminated water not only affects their health but also their animals’ health, they’re income, and their ability to sell their land. Josh Fox shows us that he attempts to get the other side of the story. There is a montage at the beginning of the film showing him on the phone calling various gas companies and people in order to get their side, but no one wants to talk to him. Later in the film he tries to talk to a higher-up in his office but he then says that he’ll talk off the record but he will not appear on the documentary. This only emphasizes the insidious, apparent cover-up and maybe-conspiracy.

The only con I can find in the film is its editing style. While I think it works some of the time, the rest of the time it made the film a tiny bit confusing. For example, Josh Fox will be visiting with one family and then all of a sudden he’ll be on another family’s farm and it takes a minute to realize it. This does not hinder my understanding of the larger message, however, which is the most important thing.

 

Carbon Emissions Past, Present and Future

It’s about a year old, but I think this is an interesting video that you can interact with.

Watch the video here.

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Sweden Plans to be the First Fossil Fuel Free Country

Just before the climate talks began Sweden had announced their plan to be fossil fuel free by spending 542 million dollars on green infrastructure. Other countries are following their lead such as Denmark, which produced 140% of its energy needs with just wind power and gives energy to neighboring countries. It’s nice to see countries making huge progress with renewable energy.

Read more here.

 

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