May 27, 2014

What Should You Be Watching with Your Limited Time?

MOST OF US HAVE LIMITED TIME TO VIEW AND READ THE EVIDENCE THAT IS FREE AND READILY AVAILABLE.  This is a guide to some of the best information available in documentaries and TV programming on the subject of Global Warming and Climate Change.

NEW ADDITION - SEPTEMBER 2015 

COWSPIRACY the film that environmental organizations don't want you to see!

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN POSSIBLY WATCH - AVAILABLE WITH NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTION or for 5 bucks at the link above.  If there was ever a film worth the 5 bucks this one is it.  

First on Television this year:  YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY 


YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY is the best program available to inform you on the breadth and depth of the problems posed by Climate Change: 
You can watch the Premier first episode for free online now without a subscription to Showtime 

Hopefully you will find it worthwhile to add Showtime to your list for at least one month for $10 and you can watch all 8 Episodes in that month and then cancel Showtime..

COSMOS - A Spacetime Odyssey  with Neil deGrasse Tyson - went against the FOX dedication to climate change deniers on FOX.


Mother Jones Article on the COSMOS Climate Change Episode 

So now Cosmos has really done it.The show had already enraged climate deniers by explaining just how big a problem global warming is. On the latest episode, entitled "The Immortals," host Neil deGrasse Tyson explores a grandiose theme if ever there was one: What it would take for our species to get off-world, as well as whether we'll ever be able to successfully contact alien life.  Immortality, according to the show, are threatened by factors that can disrupt the stability and the longevity of human civilization—and that includes human-caused climate change.



HBO has VICE - the HBO contribution to Climate Change programming: 

Episode 8 Segment 2: The World is Sinking  is available for free viewing online 
The global sea level rose by 22 cms in the past 100 years—and is expected to rise even faster in the years to come. Naysayers who insist that global warming is just a mirage can look no further than Venice, where the famous St. Mark's Square is underwater a third of the year, or the Maldives, the island nation which is in jeopardy of sinking into the Indian Ocean. Shane Smith travels from Europe to the Maldives to New York (site of massive flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy) to measure what we might expect if climate change and rising sea levels continue unabated.

Episode 2 Season 2 Debrief GREENLAND IS MELTING can be seen right here. 



As you watch Climate Change related videos on You Tube you are always left with a window of several choices. Some of those choices are excellent like this one:

EARTH UNDER WATER


You could find yourself lost in hours of video evidence of the effects of Climate Change. The fact that all of this is available for free on your computer should give you pause. This isn't something people are making money doing if there is no charge for viewing the obviously costly videos.

If you search for "BEST CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMETARIES" on GOOGLE  you get lists like this one.

Watch The Top 10 Documentaries about Climate Change

By Tim Hjersted
Here is a round up of the 10 best films about climate change or the issues related to it. Click the title of each film to watch all of these documentaries online.
Although many films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. 

A dark comedy remix mash-up bonanza about the end of industrial civilization. featuring clowns, car crashes, explosions, super heroes, and xylophones and much, much more ..... Based on the Book by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed Directed by Dean Puckett 
Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. 
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. Contributing to this crucial film are noted politicians, scientists and other ambassadors for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness.  
In the past few years, a hurricane has engulfed the debate about global warming. This scientific issue has become a rhetorical firestorm with science pitted against spin and inflammatory words on both sides. 
Also a noteworthy update: Climate of Doubt (2012)
If you think Mitt Romney’s recent threats against PBS were actually about budgets or Big Bird, think again. The reason the right hates PBS is that sometimes it commits the unpardonable sin of journalism.

Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change“ shows the influence that the largest company in the world has on governments, the media and citizens and what can be done about global warming. 
A middle class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American Lifestyle.Featuring interviews with Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, Jerry Mander, Chellis Glendinning, Richard Heinberg, Thomas Berry, William Catton
Trading on Thin Air explains the methods used by the financial oligarchy to extract the wealth of the nation and how the same strategy is being used to subvert a movement for conservation and sustainability and harness it to create the next big bubble.
2. The Age of Stupid (2009)

Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite plays an old man living in the devastated world of 2055 in this documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Franny Armstrong and Oscar-winning Producer John Battsek. Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. 
Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog heads to the Arctic in order to capture images that will help to convey the effects of global warming. Balog was initially skeptical about climate change when the issue entered scientific discussion, but...

I have watched 10 of the 11 Documentaries in this list and I can highly recommend 7 of the 10
Chasing Ice, The Age of Stupid, Climate of Doubt, The Denial Machine, The 11th Hour, The Crisis of Civilization  and The Island President  

and you should take this Exercise in Disinformation Media Literacy
with The Top 5 Climate Change Propaganda Films
THE ARCTIC DEATH SPIRAL is one of the more frightening presentations to my thinking because it addresses The METHANE TIME BOMB - a subject covered in this weblog that talks about a Years Of Living Dangerously Episode on Natural Gas leaking from the Colorado, Unita, and Los Angeles gas well fields.



TWO MORE VERY GOOD CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENTARIES


TED TALKS ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

The short 10 minute TED TALKS are great places to start people thinking about the Climate Change issue.  
Among the most compelling is the 3rd one down this list - Gavin Schmidt: Emergent Patterns of Climate Change. 

  1. James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change

    • by TED
    • 2 years ago
    • 129,436 views
    http://www.ted.com Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global ... 
    • HD
  2. Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

    • by TED
    • 1 year ago
    • 703,041 views
    "Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly ... 
    • HD
  3. Gavin Schmidt: The emergent patterns of climate change

    • by TED
    • 3 weeks ago
    • 52,275 views
    You can't understand climate change in pieces, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It's the whole, or it's nothing. 
    • HD
  4. Climate change is simple: David Roberts at TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege

    David Roberts is staff writer at Grist.org. In "Climate Change is Simple" he describes the causes and effects of climate change in ... 
    • HD
    • CC
  5. Climate Change: Why you should be angry and why anger isn't enough: John Ashton at TEDxBedfordSchool

    About the Speaker: One of the world's top climate diplomats, John Ashton is now an independent commentator and adviser on the ... 
  6. Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!

    • by TED
    • 4 years ago
    • 767,425 views
    http://www.ted.com At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to ... 

  7. TED Talk Al Gore New Thinking On The Climate Crisis

    TED Al Gore's new thinking on the climate crisis Once the US Vice President, then star of An Inconvenient Truth, now Nobel Peace ... 

  8. TED Talk Tim Jackson Economics Of Climate Change

    Tim Jackson currently serves as the economics commissioner on the UK government's Sustainable Development Commission ... 

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