Pete Postlethwaite (the only fictional character) stars as an archivist living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, who spends his days looking at old footage from the years leading up to 2015 when a cataclysmic climate change took place. As he sifts through the relics of our lost and misguided civilization, the archivist asks why Earth's inhabitants did nothing to reverse the effects of climate change while they still had the chance.
From the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist comes this practical guide to solving our environmental problems and cooling the 'green' hysteria that's gripping the planet. Based on the controversial book by political scientist Bjorn Lomborg.
[v. 1] Atmosphere. Atmosphere in the solar system -- Composition of the earth's atmosphere -- The structure of earth's atmosphere -- Atmosphere and solar radiation -- Atmospheric conduction and convection -- Atmospheric balancing -- Hydrological cycle -- The carbon cycle -- The atmosphere and climate change.
[v. 2] Climate. What are climates -- Climates and people -- Measuring global temperatures and precipitation -- Climates and weather extremes -- Climate types -- Climates and biomes -- Climate change and biomes -- Climate change and people.
[v. 3] Weather. Introduction: what is weather -- Measuring weather variables -- What causes weather -- Moisture -- Weather forecasting -- Hazardous weather -- Global warming and weather.
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.
What does science know? -- Forensic climatology -- How the greenhouse effect works -- The role of CO2 -- Forecasting a century of change -- America's relationship with energy -- The developing world and the Kyoto Protocol -- Energy alternatives -- The politics of Global warming.
Takes an in-depth look at what made Hurricane Katrina so deadly and analyzes how, despite technically sophisticated flood and storm defenses, this event has resulted in unprecedented destruction for the Gulf Coast.
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.
Documents how the pH balance has changed dramatically since the beginning of the industrial revolution: a 30% increase in acidification...Experts predict that over the next century, steady increases in carbon dioxide emissions and the continued rise in the acidity of the oceans will cause most of the world's fisheries to experience a total bottom-up collapse -- a state that could last for millions of years.
Discusses why many scientists believe that the Earth's average temperature could rise by as much as six degrees Celsius by 2100. Explores what each rising degree could mean for the future of humanity and our planet. Illustrates how global warming has already affected the reefs of Australia, the ice fields of Greenland, and the Amazonian rain forest. Explains what's real, what's still controversial, and how existing technologies and remedies could help dial back the global thermometer.
Fills a previously unfilled niche on the popular subjects of climate change and global warming. Rather than evaluating whether or not the problem exists, Challenging Climate Change takes the stance that global warming is an ever-present reality in today's environment and systematically outlines a course of action for moving forward. The book addresses the interlocking issues of policy, negotiations, and technical solutions to the problems related to climate control while also proposing specific steps and a list of priorities. Throughout each chapter, the authors report information on recent findings on each topic and present and interpret a great variety of proposals on remedies to global warming. Each subject is evaluated from both technical and policy perspectives, covering topics such as renewable energy, the problem of supply and demand, energy storage, and international negotiations on implementation of environmental policies. The authors' uniquely different academic backgrounds come together on this topic to explore the difficulties as well as the needs of international agreements, together with the associated scientific potentials and limitations. It rejects pessimistic views, arguing that there are technological changes and/or important policies to pursue that can make a difference. The writing is straightforward and directed to an educated but non-professional audience, requiring no formal training in either science or international relations.
Debating global climate change -- International science societies concur that climate change is happening / RoyalSociety.org -- Nobel committee recognizes climate change scientists and advocates / R. K. Pachauri -- World's scientists acknowledge uncertainties and disagreements, but most agree climate change is a real threat / Fred Pearce -- Climate change skeptics do not receive equal funding / Jeff Mason -- European Union nations assert that policies of the United States fail to address climate change / Markus Becker and Holger Dambeck -- United Kingdom research group asserts that climate change may benefit humans / Antony Barnett and Mark Townsend -- United States Congress alleges federal interference with climate change science / United States House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform -- Impact of global climate change -- International economic impacts of climate change : an overview / Nicholas Stern -- Malawi's food security is threatened by climate change / Singy Hanyona -- Middle East faces water shortages and food scarcity due to climate change / United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs -- Bangladeshis fear climate change will bring stronger storms, flooding, and famine / Fred de Sam Lazaro -- Small island states face substantial challenges from rising sea levels / Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change : Working Group II -- South America's Amazon basin faces loss of animal species and habitats / Michael Case -- Canada's inuit peoples are affected by Arctic melting / Emily Gertz -- Italy's canal city of Venice must cope with rising sea levels / Eric Jaffe -- Developing nations and climate change -- Climate change disproportionately affects the inhabitants of developing nations / Rachel Oliver -- Poor nations must also work to cut carbon emissions -- International emissions restrictions may harm developing regions / Hans Martin Seip and Sigbjorn Gronas -- China's rapid development raises global levels of greenhouse gas emissions / Economist -- Combating global climate change -- Worldwide tree planting project aims to offset some emissions / United Nations Environment Programme -- Information technology companies can take action against climate change / Michael Dell -- Australia's government bans traditional light bulbs / Wendy Frew and Linton Besser -- Philippine activists protest construction of a coal-fired power plant / Greenpeace
Journalist Eric Pooley takes us behind the scenes and into the hearts and minds of the most important players in the struggle to cap global warming pollution--a fight in which trillions of dollars and the fate of the planet are at stake. Why has it been so hard for America to come to grips with climate change? Why do so many people believe it isn't really happening? Powerful interests are threatened by the carbon cap that would speed the transition to a clean energy economy, and their agents have worked successfully to deny the problem and delay the solutions. Pooley spent three years embedded with an extraordinary cast of characters: from CEOs to radical activists, media gurus and presidential advisors. He captures the quiet determination and even heroism of climate campaigners who have dedicated their lives to an uphill battle that's still raging today. --From publisher description.
It's come to this -- Hedging our climate bets -- The point of no return -- The Pinatubo option -- The pursuit of levers -- The sucking-1-ton challenge -- Credit is due -- Victor's garden -- The sky and its reengineer -- The right side of the issue -- A political climate -- Geoengineering and Earth.
Introduction -- Greenhouse -- Snowball -- A bit of a chill -- A previous warmth -- Atlantic armadas -- A belch and a blast -- Meltdown -- Rise and fall -- Droughts, vines and frost fairs -- The rising tide.
What is a weather mystery? -- The mystery of the dead T. Rex -- The mystery of humanity's "near extinction" -- The mystery of the Saharan hippos -- The mystery of the vanishing harappans -- The mystery of the Exodus -- The mysteries of weather and climate in ancient Greece -- The mystery of Petra, the rose city -- The mystery of the disappearing sun -- The mystery of the Mayan megadrought -- The mystery of Columbus's missing hurricane -- The mystery of the Little Ice Age's lost sunspots -- The mystery of the complacent Empire's wet weather -- The mystery of the Pacific hot tub -- The mystery of Tibet's weather spies -- The mystery of the Great American Dust Bowl -- The mystery of the crashing airplane and the A-bomb -- The mystery of "eliminating the impossible" -- The mystery of the devil in the deep blue sea -- The mystery of climate, cocaine, and the storyteller -- The mystery of the future -- The seven solutions.
Introduction -- Climate and weather together -- Seeing climate change in our past -- The science of prediction -- Extreme weather autopsies and the forty-year forecast -- The Sahel, Africa -- The Great Barrier Reef, Australia -- Central Valley, California -- The Arctic, part one : Inuit Nunaat, Canada -- The Arctic, part two : Greenland -- Dhaka, Bangladesh -- New York, New York -- Epilogue : The trillionth ton -- Appendix 1. United States climate change almanac -- Appendix 2. New York statistics -- Appendix 3. The world's most vulnerable places.
The first comprehensive history of its kind, Weather on the Air explores the many forces that have shaped weather broadcasts over the years, including the long-term drive to professionalize weathercasting, the complex relations between government and private forecasters, and the effects of climate-change science and the Internet on today's broadcasts. Dozens of photos and anecdotes accompany Henson's more than two decades of research to document the evolution of weathercasts, from their primitive beginnings on the radio to the high-gloss, graphics-laden segments we watch on television every morning.
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