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Climate Change



CLIMATE CHANGE BY NUMBERS EPISODE 1

One planet, and the three numbers that could help us save it

Packed with fascinating facts, this is the astonishing story of the numbers that underpin everything we know about climate change. Earth's climate is changing íV understanding how has become one of the biggest scientific projects ever undertaken. But the epic scale of this study has made it remote and difficult to understand; we're overwhelmed by a blizzard of information and no-one knows which bits to believe.

This revelatory documentary looks at the incredible methods that allowed scientists to arrive at precise figures, and uses stories from around the world to present this previously obscure field in an accessible way. A timely take on an urgent issue, Climate Change by Numbers reveals why scientists are so certain they are right, where we have reached the limits of our knowledge, and what uncertainty really means.

Note: This BBC title not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2015 / () / 45 minutes

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CLIMATE CHANGE BY NUMBERS EPISODE 2

One planet, and the three numbers that could help us save it

Packed with fascinating facts, this is the astonishing story of the numbers that underpin everything we know about climate change. Earth's climate is changing íV understanding how has become one of the biggest scientific projects ever undertaken. But the epic scale of this study has made it remote and difficult to understand; we're overwhelmed by a blizzard of information and no-one knows which bits to believe.

This revelatory documentary looks at the incredible methods that allowed scientists to arrive at precise figures, and uses stories from around the world to present this previously obscure field in an accessible way. A timely take on an urgent issue, Climate Change by Numbers reveals why scientists are so certain they are right, where we have reached the limits of our knowledge, and what uncertainty really means.

Note: This BBC title not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2015 / () / 45 minutes

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HORIZON GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Predicting the unpredictable

Whatever your views, climate change is now a familiar part of everyday conversation. We all know what it is, even if we don't all agree on what we think about it. But 50 years ago, the science of climate change was an academic backwater.

The journey from scientific obscurity to the full glare of publicity has been fascinating, full of strange twists, extreme natural disasters, ambitious theories and changing fashions. This Horizon Guide looks back through the programme archive to reveal how climate change emerged from the shadows, to take its place at the centre stage of global debate.

Note: This BBC title not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2015 / () / 50 minutes

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Use this resource to encourage students to judge whether or not climate change will impact upon people differently around the world. The impacts of climate change can be quite hard to see in the UK, but as our fantastic footage from the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Africa, the Alps, Bangladesh, India and China shows, it's all too much of a reality for the poorest and most vulnerable. The DVD also provides clear explanations of the processes that can cause climate change and gets students engaged in the debate about the extent to which these are caused naturally or are the result of human activity.

DVD / 2014 / (KS 3-5) / 35 minutes

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WISDOM TO SURVIVE, THE: CLIMATE CHANGE, CAPITALISM & COMMUNITY

Directed by John Ankele & Anne Macksoud

Examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? In discussions with thought leaders and activists, we explore how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

Amongst those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Gus Speth, Stephanie Kaza, Nikki Cooley and Ben Falk.

DVD / 2014 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adults) / 56 minutes

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BIDDER 70

Directed by Beth Gage & George Gage

Tells the story of Tim DeChristopher's extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience drawing attention to the need for action on climate change.

BIDDER 70 is Tim DeChristopher, the student who monkey-wrenched the 2008 fraudulent Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Lease Auction. Bidding $1.8 million to save 22,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness surrounding Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, with no intention to pay or drill, Tim brought the BLM auction to an abrupt halt. A month later, Barack Obama became president and on February 4, 2009, new Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, invalidated the entire BLM Auction. Nevertheless, DeChristopher was indicted on two federal felonies facing penalties of up to ten years in prison and $750,000 in fines. During the two years awaiting his trial, DeChristopher stepped up his activism, evolved into a climate justice leader, and waited through nine trial postponements until, on February 28, 2011 his trial began. BIDDER 70 is Tim's journey from economics student to incarcerated felon.

Amonst those featured are Bill McKibben, James Hansen, Robert Redford, John Schuchardt, David Harris, Larry Gibson, Terry Tempest Williams, and members of Salt Lake City's Peaceful Uprising.


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 72 minutes

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CARBON RUSH, THE

By Amy Miller

Narrated by Daryl Hannah

THE CARBON RUSH travels across four continents to investigate the true cost of carbon emissions trading. Are carbon offset projects significantly reducing CO2 emissions, or are they distracting from what is really required to tackle the climate crisis?

To date, there has been over $300 billion of carbon transactions worldwide through over 5,000 registered projects. Instead of focusing resources to move away from a fossil fuel economy, massive international trading ventures were established as the solution to climate change, nicknamed "green gold" by its beneficiaries.

This ground-breaking documentary examines how carbon trading works as established through the United Nations' Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as part of the Kyoto Protocol.

The film tours a variety of carbon offset projects around the world, visiting people on the front lines of carbon trading. Their stories and voices have been little-heard as part of the multi-billion dollar carbon trading industry. In Panama, indigenous rain forest dwellers are losing their way of life. In India, waste pickers at landfills can no longer support themselves. And in Honduras, dozens of Campesinos have been assassinated.

THE CARBON RUSH raises fundamental questions about what happens when we attempt to manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis, including who stands to gain and who stands to lose.


DVD (Region 1, Closed Captioned) / 2013 / (Grades 10-Adult) / 136 minutes

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EASY LIKE WATER

By Glenn Baker

Easy Like Water profiles one man's resourceful quest to fight the effects of climate change in the developing world through the power of "design for good" íV a growing global movement to encourage design-driven social change as a community-based response to the challenges brought on by the new climate reality.

In Bangladesh, a country with 160 million people in an area the size of Iowa, water poses a relentless and growing threat to millions of people. Low-lying areas are flooded every year during the brutal monsoon season, upending entire villages and destroying hundreds of schools, preventing thousands of children from attending classes.

In response, visionary architect Mohammed Rezwan is turning the front line of climate change into a community of learning by building floating schools from surplus boats. Outfitted with solar-powered Internet access, the boat schools are bringing education to young people, including girls who previously never had the opportunity because of cultural or religious norms.

In a nation where 20% of the land may be washed away by mid-century, Rezwan is working to create a blueprint for his nation's survival, expanding his model to build floating health clinics, climate shelters, libraries and cinemas.

By turns witty and heart-wrenching, Easy Like Water presents a different perspective on the developing world as it fights for climate justice, recognizing it as a source for innovative solutions that can help communities in the world's most-affected regions adapt to climate change.

DVD (Region 1, Closed Captioned) / 2013 / (Grades 9 - Adult) / 56 minutes

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EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS: CLIMATE CHANGE

Across the world, extreme weather events are affecting local conditions. Some areas are getting drier and hotter, while others are getting wetter, as floods are becoming more frequent and more extreme. While formal weather records going back 150 years indicate wildly varying climates, conditions have never changed as rapidly as they are changing now.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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HUNGRY TIDE, THE

By Tom Zubrycki

The central Pacific nation of Kiribati is expected to be one of the first countries to disappear as a result of climate change. Sea level rise and increasing salinity are threatening the homes and lives of 105,000 residents spread over 33 atolls. One of the least developed countries in the world, Kiribati has contributed little to worldwide carbon emissions, yet has the most to lose from global warming.

THE HUNGRY TIDE shows clearly the tragic impact of climate change on Kiribati, and exposes the stark global inequalities driving the global warming phenomenon. The film personalizes the story by following the life and work of Maria Tiimon, who evolves to become one of the most prominent advocates for the rights of Pacific Islanders. Originally from Kiribati, Maria works for an organization in Sydney as an impassioned campaigner for her sinking nation. But right from the start, Maria finds herself frequently torn between the needs of her family on Kiribati and her role on the world stage.

A rather shy Maria travels to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to press for a new binding treaty to dramatically reduce greenhouse emissions. "Industrial countries are causing change in the climate," she says, "and we are the first to feel the consequences." Later, as a more confident advocate, she travels to Cancun for the next Climate Change Conference (COP16).

While Maria's life and work unfold, the situation in Kiribati deteriorates. Seawalls protecting an entire community are swept away. Only decisive global action will save Kiribati from disappearing. But pledges made at the climate change conferences to cut carbon emissions have fallen far short of their targets. And promises to assist poorer countries to adapt to climate change haven't materialized. As a result, Kiribati's President believes that relocation may be the only option. "To plan for the day when you no longer have a country is indeed painful but I think we have to do that."


DVD (Region 1, Closed Captioned) / 2012 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 53 minutes

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SHATTERED SKY

Directed by Steve Dorst, Dan Evans

The story of how America led the world to solve the ozone crisis. Will we dare to do the same with climate change?

Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer "the size of North America." The culprits were man-made chemicals called CFCs, which were prevalent in billions of dollars worth of refrigeration, air conditioning and other products that had revolutionized America's way of life. With doctors forecasting skyrocketing cancer rates if changes weren't made, the stakes were literally "life as we know it." Yet companies remained bitterly opposed to changing their products. Politicians were slow to act. Like with today's CO2 emissions, an invisible compound was threatening the Earth's life-support systems, but a solution seemed beyond reach.

Eerily reminiscent of today's energy and climate crisis, Shattered Sky tells the story of how America led the world in solving the biggest environmental crisis ever seen.

Those interviewed include William Becker, Richard Benedick, Eileen Claussen, David Doniger, Daniel Dudek, Kevin Fay, Ross Gelbspan, Jeff Goodell, Hunter Lovins, Mario Molina, Bruce Niles, Michael Oppenheimer, Shari Road, William Reilly, James Rogers, F. Sherwood Rowland, George Shultz, Susan Solomon, Gus Speth, General Gordon Sullivan (Ret'd), Lee Thomas and Robert Watson.


DVD / 2012 / (Grades 10- 12, College, Adults) / 57 minutes

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND CORAL REEFS: COMPREHENSIVE CLASSROOM RESOURCE

Climate change is pushing the world's coral reefs to the edge of extinction. The growing damage is an early warning of the danger climate change poses to the world's oceans and other ecosystems. These rich, sensitive ecosystems are vital to the survival of one-quarter of all sea life and the economies of many countries.

This DVD classroom resource is the ideal tool for teaching about the science of climate change, its impact on our oceans, and how coral reef ecosystems work. With its video modules and guide, Climate Change and Coral Reefs is designed to optimize student learning and engagement. It encourages student discussion, research and presentations to learn more about the issues involved and discover possible solutions to this serious environmental challenge.

The video modules and guide are aligned with national science standards -- scientific understanding, science as inquiry and science as a human endeavor.

The DVD includes:

Four 8-minute video modules hosted by Dr. Kiki Sanford.
The modules feature Dr. Sanford and excerpts from a presentation by Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg:
~ Introduction to Climate Change and Coral Reefs
~ Coral Bleaching
~ Ocean Acidification
~ The Future of Coral Reefs.

The full 28-minute presentation by Prof. Hoegh-Guldberg.
Details his scientific findings about the impact of climate change on coral reefs, with charts, graphs and other visuals.


DVD (Region 1, With Teacher's Guide) / 2010 / (Grades 7-Adult) / 60 minutes

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CLIMATE REFUGEES

By Michael Nash and Justin Hogan

Climate Refugees is the first feature film to explore in-depth the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences.

Experts predict that by mid-century hundreds of millions of people will be uprooted as a result of sea level rise and an increase in extreme weather events, droughts 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. According to the UN, there are already more environmental refugees in the world than political or religious refugees. The Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the phrase "climate wars" is being talked about in war-rooms.

The filmmakers traveled the world for nearly 3 years to document the impact of climate change, witnessing inhabitants of countries forced to leave their homes by climatic events with little or no protection. The film features a variety of leading scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and major political figures, including John Kerry and Newt Gingrich. All make a strong case that, whether human-caused or a product of nature, the changing climate is already creating humanitarian disasters and will inevitably lead to worldwide political instability.

Climate Refugees was filmed in Bangladesh, Tuvalu, China, Fiji, Chad, Sudan, Kenya, Maldives, Europe and the US.


DVD (Region 1, Closed Captioned) / 2010 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 86 minutes

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AUSTRALIA'S WATER CRISIS: CLIMATE CHANGE, SALINISATION

1. THE BIG DRY Parts of Australia are suffering their worst drought in living memory. Is this down to global warming? Opinions are divided. This film follows the experiences of farmers in the Mallee district of Victoria in south-east Australia.

The farmers and townsfolk of Birchip, Victoria, have seen little of the rains that have flooded other parts of Australia. It's likely to stay that way. For Birchip is bang in the middle of the swathe of southern Australia that is forecast to dry out as temperatures rise, cutting farm production by as much as 10 per cent in the next 20 years.

Some farms in productive areas may become marginal; small farms on marginal lands could become unviable, eventually being swallowed up by bigger operators or abandoned to nature.

Farmers go to their bank managers, digging deeper into debt, hoping that the next hand deals them a good season. "You just get sick of borrowing, borrowing, borrowing," says one.

It's a question of adapt or go bust. But are the farmers' problems a result of natural climate variation - or of catastrophic climate change?

2. THE SALT PROBLEM "We're trying to run a first world economy in what you might call a third world environment."

Australians are among the world's biggest consumers of water - but they live in the driest continent on earth at a time of global warming. And if this wasn't enough, they face another major environmental problem: salt

White settlers tried to tame Australia and turn the land into something green like Europe. But when they irrigated, they lifted buried salt - instead of greening the interior, they turned it white. Previous government policies, and giant river diversion projects like the Snowy Mountains Scheme, have all made matters worse, encouraging an attitude that water is a free resource to be used or lost to the sea.

Now attitudes are changing and many communities are facing difficult choices. Some farmers are tackling the water crisis by embracing radical change, adopting new methods unthinkable in the past. But will Australians learn by past mistakes? A great challenge lies ahead.


DVD / 2009 / () / 69 minutes

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LIFE 8: THE PRESIDENT'S DILEMMA

In the face of rising sea levels due to climate change, Kiribati President Anote Tong must decide the fate of his people. Should he plan for an orderly evacuation of the islands?

The islands of Kiribati in the Pacific have been inhabited continuously for 4,000 years. Now climate change and rising sea levels mean they may be the first to be abandoned. Elected in 2003, President Anote Tong must decide the fate of his people. Should he plan for an orderly evacuation of the islands? Or should he persuade his people to tough it out instead? Tong believes that it's ordinary people like the Kiribati islanders who are too often forgotten as countries negotiate measures to combat climate change. Life looks at the challenges Tong faces from the climate, the wider world and from his own people.


DVD / 2009 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 26 minutes

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AGE OF STUPID, THE

Directed by Franny Armstrong

An old man (Pete Postlethwaite) living in a devastated world, watches 'archive' footage from today and asks: Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off, The Usual Suspects) stars as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. He watches 'archive' footage from 2008 and asks: Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. Pete plays the founder of The Global Archive, a storage facility located in the (now melted) Arctic, preserving all of humanity's achievements in the hope that the planet might one day be habitable again. Or that intelligent life may arrive and make use of all that we've achieved. He pulls together clips of "archive" news and documentary from 1950-2008 to build a message showing what went wrong and why. He focuses on six human stories:

~ Alvin DuVernay, is a paleontogolist helping Shell find more oil off the coast of New Orleans. He also rescued more than 100 people after Hurricane Katrina, which, by 2055, is well known as one of the first "major climate change events".

~ Jeh Wadia in Mumbai aims to start-up a new low-cost airline and gets a million Indians flying.

~ Layefa Malemi lives in absolute poverty in a small village in Nigeria from which Shell extracts tens of millions of dollars worth of oil every week. She dreams of becoming a doctor, but must fish in the oil-infested waters for four years to raise the funds.

~ Jamila Bayyoud, aged 8, is an Iraqi refugee living on the streets of Jordan after her home was destroyed - and father killed - during the US-led invasion of 2003. She's trying to help her elder brother make it across the border to safety.

~ Piers Guy is a windfarm developer from Cornwall fighting the NIMBYs of Middle England.

~ 82-year-old French mountain guide Fernand Pareau has witnessed his beloved Alpine glaciers melt by 150 metres.


2 DVDs / 2008 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 89 minutes

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CLIMATE WARS: FIGHT BACK

Fight Back investigates the global warming "backlash" - the intense debate about the reality of man-made global warming that raged during the 1990s and into this century. At the start of the Nineties, it appeared that everyone was united.

At the Rio Earth Summit, the world signed up to a programme of action to start tackling climate change. Even George Bush was there - the first George Bush, that is. But the consensus didn't last. This TV programme examines the scientific arguments that developed as the global warming sceptics took on the climate change consensus.

The sceptics attacked almost everything that the scientists held to be true. They argued that the planet was not warming up and that, even if it was, it was nothing unusual. Certainly whatever was happening to the climate was nothing to do with human emissions of greenhouse gases. Fight Back looks back in search of the scientific truth, exploring everything from the "medieval warming period" to the "urban heat island effect".

There is also a detailed look at the experiments undertaken to establish the pattern of the Earth's temperature over the last 1,000 years. The development of the political and economic battles is followed as the scientific evidence about global warming grew in strength. The documentary film also reveals, as the science became more settled, the strategies pursued by the sceptics and their political allies, including the George W Bush administration, to remain on the fence in order to delay action to tackle climate change.

Some of the key global-warming sceptics are interviewed, and we reveal how their positions have changed over time.

Note: This BBC title not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2008 / () / 50 minutes

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CLIMATE WARS: NEW CHALLENGES

Today, the scientific debate over whether global warming is happening is all but over. Even many die-hard sceptics now concede that the planet is getting warmer, and humans are largely to blame. But there are still many unanswered questions.

New Challenges investigates why there is so much confusion over what changes global warming is going to bring, and why this has led to uncertainty over what should be done about it. Understanding how the climate works, and predicting how it will change in the future, is one of science's greatest challenges.

Iain discovers how, 60 years ago, scientists began their experiments with little more than a dishpan, a Bunsen burner and a turntable. Today they rely on massive super-computers to model the effects of greenhouse gases on the climate. But still they struggle to understand the complexity of the climate system. Journeying to Greenland, we meet scientists who are trying to fill in the gaps in the climate models. We also discover how scientists are becoming increasingly concerned that their models are underestimating the speed of changes already under way.

Note: This BBC title not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2008 / () / 50 minutes

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CLIMATE WARS: THE BATTLE BEGINS

In the 1970s, the world seemed to be falling apart. From acid rain to overpopulation and resource depletion, ecological concerns were big news. And it was at this time that climate-change first became a hot political issue. But it wasn't global warming that frightened scientists, it was the complete opposite: a new ice age.

This programme, The Battle Begins traces the history of climate change from the beginning and examines just how the scientific community managed to get it so wrong back in the Seventies. Dave Keeling is one of the great unsung heroes of climate-change science. His painstaking measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, from as early as 1958, gave the world the first hard evidence that levels were increasing.

It wasn't long before concern started to grow that global warming was a reality that could affect the human race in catastrophic ways. In the first episode, Iain looks at the early development of scientific research into the phenomena and uncovers the climate-change science pioneers, including a shadowy, secret organisation of American scientists known as "Jason", who wrote the first official report on global warming as far back as 1979.

However, almost as soon as global warming became an issue of official concern, along came the first sceptics. Iain investigates the origins of the sceptic movement in the Reagan administration in the USA. He shows how most of the arguments that are still being used by the sceptics today originated in a little-known report written in 1981. By the late Eighties, global warming had become a serious political issue. Margaret Thatcher became the first world leader to argue for action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. It looked as if the world was uniting to take action. But it turned out to be a false dawn because, in the Nineties, global warming would be transformed into one of the biggest scientific controversies of the modern age.

Note: This BBC title not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2008 / () / 50 minutes

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GREAT MELTDOWN, THE: CLIMATE CHANGE & THE GLACIERS

Much is heard about the impact of climate change - but what's actually happening? Three films, made for international television, offer shocking and dramatic evidence of the way global warming is causing the world's ice to melt and the impact on people's lives.

FILM 1: BOLIVIA

Bolivia's Andes glaciers, which provide water for millions of people and power the country's hydroelectric plants, are melting at an unparalleled rate. It's estimated that the country will face water shortages within two years. The Chacaltaya glacier, once the highest ski run in the world, is now a sad sliver of ice. Within the next two years, it will disappear completely. "In twenty years all the glaciers will be gone", predicts glaciologist Edson Ramirez. For millions of people in the cities below, this spells disaster. Glaciers provide 60% of their water. Already, taps in the shanty towns regularly run dry. "There's nowhere for us to get water", despairs one woman. "The global warming problem is being produced by industrial nations and we are facing the consequences", complains official Javier Gonzales.

FILM 2: GREENLAND

Greenland's ice caps are melting faster than predicted - and local farmers couldn't be happier. Thanks to rising temperatures, they can now grow new crops and raise cattle.

For the first time since the Vikings, farmers can now raise cattle. Warmer seas are bringing huge catches of cod and growing seasons are up to a month longer. "A little bit of extra warmth is good for us", states agricultural consultant Kenneth Hoegh. "We're growing things we would have hesitated to grow in the past."But not all farmers are happy. With so little snow, Stefan Magnusson finds it hard to herd his reindeer. Previously, he used a snowmobile but now he has to do it by helicopter.

FILM 3: THE ANTARCTIC

Of all the places affected by global warming, Antarctica seems to be experiencing the most dramatic climate change. The landscape has been transformed, leaving animals struggling to adapt.

"On really hot days, penguins are gasping for air", says Antarctic historian Dave Burkitt. Nearly 90% of glaciers here are retreating and ice shelves are collapsing at an alarming rate. With less ice available, seals have moved inland, where they disrupt nesting birds and damage plants. In 1914, the explorer Ernest Shackleton set out to explore Antarctica on foot. The film compares pictures of his historic voyage with the current situation revealing the dramatic scale of the changes.


DVD / 2008 / () / 59 minutes

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CHEAT NEUTRAL

Satirical look at the inadequacies of the concept of carbon offsetting.

Directed by Beth Stratford

Since the1960s, concentrations of heartbreak, cheating and jealousy in the atmosphere have risen dramatically. CheatNeutral.com offers a unique market-based solution to this essential problem of modern life. For the cost of a condom, those who have cheated on their partners - whether a drunken hook-up at the office party or a sustained period of bigamy - can have their cheating 'offset' by a global network of fidelity.

This hilarious film follows satirical website creators Alex Randall and Christian Hunt as they try to sell the idea of cheat offsetting to a bemused public. From the high street to the Houses of Parliament, they spark an important and timely debate about the inadequacies of carbon offsetting.


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2007 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 13 minutes

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES - CLIMATE CHANGE 1: THE ARCTIC ODYSSEY

The Arctic is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the planet; its frozen world is one of the last refuges of the unknown land on Earth and the Arctic, as we know it, is, literally, disappearing. Under the threat of global warming, this vast expanse of water and ice, and its inhabitants, are facing unprecedented upheavals. This timely documentary, the first of two on climate change, follows the year-round trip of the CCGS Amundsen, a Canadian research ice-breaker, on an unparalleled scientific mission - the most important it has ever carried out - where some 40 scientists from a dozen countries study the area's fragile ecosystem; here they travel on an Arctic odyssey, endeavoring to better understand the future of the world around us.

DVD / 2007 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 45 minutes

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES - CLIMATE CHANGE 2: BEYOND GLOBAL WARMING

The reality of climate change is now beyond any doubt. The most dramatic upheavals are occurring in the Earth's northern polar regions, where communities there are facing unprecedented changes. This timely documentary, the second of two on climate change, goes beyond the issue of global warming, exploring many of the development situations, which are already occurring in the Canadian Arctic, making it a key region of the globe. The question raised is, will this frozen land become the New World of the 21st century?

DVD / 2007 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 52 minutes

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WEATHER REPORT

A report from the front lines of climate change in Kenya, India, Canada, the Arctic, China, and Montana where peoples' lives have already been dramatically altered.

Climate change is already here. In another decade, the damage will be irreversible.

Weather Report is a sneak peek into the future. This year-long road trip takes us around the world, to places where global warming is having an immediate effect. We meet people for whom climate change already has life-and-death implications.

In India, city planners brace for more flooding disasters. In northern Kenya, tree-planting activists try to fend off the extreme drought that is sparking armed conflict over water and land. In the Canadian Arctic, elders are baffled by unpredictable weather patterns and animal behavior.

Many of the characters we meet are tireless fighters. People like Nobel Peace prize winner Wangari Maathai, whose Green Belt Movement marries conservation with community economic growth. A few years ago, Maathai was beaten by private security guards while protecting a forest. Now she's an assistant minister in the Kenyan government. Half a world away, in northern Canada, firebrand activist Sheila Watt- Cloutier fights to protect Inuit human rights against the impacts of climate change. Cloutier grew up riding dog sleds and hunting seals, a way of life disappearing for social but also climatic reasons. As head of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, she mounts a case that emissions from the US are a violation of the rights of the Inuit and other northern peoples whose cultures are being destroyed.

Weather Report brings us the powerful human stories of people whose lives have already been dramatically altered by the global crisis that will soon affect us all. It suggests that the weather is telling us that the current model of economic growth is not sustainable.


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2007 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 52 minutes

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES - AMERICA'S (TEMPERATE) RAINFOREST

Located in America's Pacific Northwest is one of nature's most rare ecosystems, the temperate rainforest, a place where over 140 inches of rain falls each year. This timely documentary provides an illuminating portrait of this quickly vanishing treasure, which offers important opportunities to protect biodiversity and slow climate change. Retaining nearly 13% of its old-growth Douglas fir forests, the temperate rainforest is one of the most efficient storehouses of carbon; also it provides critical breeding and feeding habitat to a range of species.

DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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TUVALU: GOING UNDER

Tuvalu, the South Pacific island nation, is in danger of vanishing under the sea. The islanders believe it is due to climate change caused by global warming.

This film explains what global warming is and why environmentalists say it will cause flooding, not only in Tuvalu, but all over the world - including the UK.

The inhabitants of Tuvalu believe they are seeing global warming in action. Rising seas and violent storms are destroying their islands, swamping their crops.

The Tuvalu government is now suing the US and Australian governments for failing to control the levels of greenhouse gasses they emit. Meanwhile, many islanders are abandoning their country to live in New Zealand.

But some scientists doubt that global warming is the root of the problem. Instead they argue the storms are caused by short term changes in the weather and there's no real rise in sea levels. Other scientists are sceptical of the dangers of global warming and claim burning carbon dioxide actually brings a net benefit to the world. But meanwhile in Tuvalu, the waters are still risingíK


DVD / 2004 / () / 26 minutes

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