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Extreme Environment

Extreme Environment


Directed by Melanie Wood

From floating neighborhoods to massive harbor floodgates, cities around the world are engineering ways to cope with extreme weather events.

Violent stormy weather is a natural outcome of climate change and a warmer planet. WEATHER GONE WILD is about changing the way we live in order to survive a world of superstorms.

WEATHER GONE WILD explores recent extreme weather events and the scientific projections of what we can expect over the next few decades. What can we do to give ourselves the best chance of protecting our homes and families from the weather's devastating effects?

The documentary travels to Calgary, Toronto, New York, Miami, and Rotterdam to detail the dangers of the destructive new weather patterns, and shows the innovative plans in each city trying to engineer their way to a safer future. Everything from farming to the insurance industry to building codes will have to change. How can -- and must -- the average citizen adapt their life to Weather Gone Wild?

DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 43 minutes

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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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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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The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program is a key contributor to global climate change research. With facilities in three locations around the world, ARM studies cloud formation and radiative feedback in the atmosphere. Through continuous field measurements ARM provides data necessary for development of accurate climate models.

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

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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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Areas such as the Horn of Africa are suffering severe droughts brought on by seasonal changes, climate change, political troubles and population increases. Those worst affected by droughts are reduced to eating boiled flowers. The effects of famine are felt for generations.

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

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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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Global climate change is characterized by increased extreme fluctuations in local weather patterns and an overall global warming. An experiment conducted at a biolab in the Rocky Mountains demonstrates how just a few degrees of warming completely change the local ecosystem. Lack of winter ice in the Disko Bay has affected the livelihoods of the locals. Scotland is working toward its record plan of cutting carbon emissions by 80% by the year 2050.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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From cardiac and respiratory disease to climate change, the effects of air pollution pose significant health risks to individuals, society and the biosphere. The problem of waste management has transformed the landscapes of poor countries into a tragic view of rivers and drinking water sources, which are littered with unimaginable amounts of trash. See how governments and private organizations struggle to reduce the amount of pollutants from industrial and day-to-day activity.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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The reality of climate change is beyond any doubt. The most dramatic upheavals are occurring in polar regions, where northern communities are facing unprecedented changes.

The Canadian coast-guard ice breaker Amundsen, transformed into a floating laboratory, is taking a team of scientists on an expedition through the Canadian Arctic. Their research is vital in understanding the climatic changes in the context of the geologic history of the region and in anticipating the oncoming shock to the ecosystem and local communities.

Beyond Global Warming explores the development opportunities global warming will bring to the Canadian Arctic, making it a key region of international diplomacy in the next few decades. Will this frozen land become the New World of the 21st century?

DVD / 2009 / (Senior High, College) / 52 minutes

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Ocean acidification threatens over one million species with extinction--and with them, our entire way of life.

A Sea Change documents how the pH balance of the oceans has changed dramatically since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution: a 30% increase in acidification. With near unanimity, scientists now agree that the burning of fossil fuels is fundamentally reshaping ocean chemistry. 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.

A Sea Change broadens the discussion about the dramatic changes we are seeing in the chemistry of the oceans, and conveys the urgent threat those changes pose to our survival, while surveying the steps we can take to reduce the severity of climate change. The film's protagonist Sven Huseby asks how will he explain to his oldest grandchild, Elias, what is happening to the oceans and their ecosystems.

A Sea Change is both a personal journey and a scientifically rigorous, sometimes humorous, unflinchingly honest look at reality. It offers positive examples of new technologies and effective changes in human behavior that we all must choose before the oceans are lost.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2009 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 83 minutes

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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 change will greatly affect the world's water supply and societies in the future. We live in an age of climatic uncertainty and the future of the world's water supply will dominate political life and have enormous consequences for economies and cultures. Travel to Mali where lakes form and dry up each year and see how they confront the ever changing climactic conditions. Droughts or floods can be fatal to millions of people around in the world in poor countries. Uncertainty with water conditions will also pose new challenges to the world's most advanced societies. These challenges will affect international relations, migration patterns, and democratic systems all over the world. World renowned glaciologists speak about the drastic changes that are occurring in Asia and Europe due to glacier melting. Learn about the global consequences if Greenland's icecaps melt.

    DVD / 2008 / (Senior High, College) / 52 minutes

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    Looks at the battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in the context of Alaska's accelerated warming.

    "The weather really changed", says Eleanor Sam, plucking feathers from a goose. "When we were children we wore thick fur. We don't wear clothes like that any more¡K"

    Temperatures in Alaska are rising ten times faster than in the rest of the world. President George W. Bush is ignoring the warning signs about global warming; after pulling out of the Kyoto convention, he now wants to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Native Alaskans are divided: the Inupiat Eskimos want the jobs and the money that drilling would bring, but the Gwich'in Indians fear it will destroy their caribou. Alaska is rich in oil-but for every barrel shipped south, damage is done to the delicate balance of Arctic life.

    DVD (Color) / 2002 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 26 minutes

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    The rise in the number and severity of weather phenomena and natural disasters over the past years furnishes ominous proof that the earths climate is changing. Yet at the same time, the global demand for energy is mushrooming - an increase of 300 percent has been predicted for the next fifty years. It is also predicted that fossil fuels the primary cause of the climate changes will have forfeited their status as the leading sources of energy production within a few decades. Earth-shaking visions and endeavors are needed to rethink, redefine and reshape the use of energy and its sources for the future. For inventors and economists both, the race is on to find the most efficient and sustainable exploitation of resources and energy. In addition to the opportunities for cutting costs, the real strength of alternative energy technologies lies in the great diversity of ideas and the flexibility of their application. The choice of an energy source - whether solar, wind, biomass, nuclear or hydroelectric energy is of prime importance. Crucial to the future of both energy systems and the world climate will be how quickly ways to capture and store the energy of the sun can be developed and refined. This is the ultimate source of all forms of commercially viable energy on earth and an inexhaustible one. It was the source of the gift of Prometheus the Titan - he who thinks ahead.

    DVD / 2001 / (Senior High, College) / 25 minutes

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