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Film: Six Degrees could Change the World

Posted by Humanist Hall on August 26, 2010as , , , , , ,

Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 pm

Six Degrees could Change the World

by National Geographic Channel

By the year 2100, many scientists believe that the Earth’s average temperature could rise by as much as six degrees Celsius.  In a compelling investigation, National Geographic leads a degree-by-degree journey to explore what each rising — and critical — degree could mean for the future of people and the planet.  This spectacular film shows how global warming has already affected the reefs of Australia, the ice fields of Greenland, and the Amazonian rain forest.

The oceans are the critical carbon absorbing element and dead and dying coral is the “canary in the coal mine” indicator of coming disaster — dead oceans by 2050.  The Amazon is the next most critical element in global warming.  The film shows riveting views of the Amazon river drying up in 2005, and the potential scenarios of drought, fires,  and more drought in the Amazon.  All this devastation on land and in water is not to mention  the increasing destructiveness of weather — which today we are all aware of in the everyday news media.  One amazing esoteric point in the film is its spotlight on a man who figured out the total carbon footprint of the cheeseburger, to include the methane farts of the cows.

With a sobering look at the effects of our world’s insatiable appetite for energy, the film explains what’s real, what’s still controversial, and how existing technologies and remedies could help dial back the global thermometer. We are well on our way to 2-3 degrees rise in temperature right now.

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