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Newspapers: anything about climate change?

Well, I have been thinking about this topic for the past few weeks and I realized that newspapers do not really talk about climate change or global warming. So, I am asking myself and you guys, how are people going to start getting influenced if newspapers do not really mention anything about nature on the news?

I do not know if I am wrong on this one but I have been checking The New York Times, USA TODAY, ABC news, CNN…etc and other newspapers in Spain and there is not much about climate change or things related to this topic.  I just think that it is sad that society is not realizing that nature needs to be taken care of and like we have discussed we are too busy debating and doing other things.

-Luis

Screening Report

In the beginning of The Day After Tomorrow Jack Hall, a climatologist, and his associates, Frank and Jason are in Antarctica. While they are there a large shelf of ice breaks. Jack falls in the large crack and is saved from falling. This scene displays the beginning of a domino effect.

Jack attends a conference with the Vice President about global warming. He tells the people what has happened, and his predictions for what is to come. Jack’s warnings are dismissed and no one listens to him.

There is a scene of New Delhi getting snow.
Another scene in Tokyo getting a large hailstorm.
New York a scene with many birds flying away showing some kind of disturbance in the area. Birds typically fly away due to being scared or weather. This may have been both.
New York begins to downpour creating a floods of water. A scene of the Hollywood sign in California is destroyed by tornadoes.

Jack theorizes the current has changed due to the melting polar ice caps creating an extreme changes. He creates a grid model of the storms showing three massive super storms over Canada, Scotland, and Siberia.

Back in New York a huge wave of water covers Manhattan. Jack’s son, Sam, is in New York for a school competition. Sam and his friends leave to seek shelter in the New York Library. Sam contacts his father and he says he is coming to New York. Jack, Jason, and Frank travel from Washington D.C. to New York in the snowstorm searching for his son. People are told to evacuate to Mexico.

There is a scene of the Mexican border lined up with people trying to cross and being stopped due to overcrowding.

The super storm is instantly freezing anything it touches. The storm goes over Manhattan. Everything starts to freeze. After the freeze, the storm clears. Jack arrives at the New York Library and finds Sam. Jack calls the President telling him there are survivors in New York. The President sends helicopters to rescue them.

A New Ice Age?

The movie The Day After Tomorrow shows us what can happen when extreme climate changes occur to the earth. The very beginning of the movie begins with an aerial shot of what appears of be the ocean and ice. The viewer of the movie is looking down into the water and ice while the opening credits are displayed parallel to the water. The shot gradually turns upwards in order for the viewer to see the glaciers coming up from the water. The opening credits change with the crane shot as well, with the credits now being vertical to match the new camera angle. From the very opening scene, the viewer gets the idea that the movie will have something to do with the ice and/or the ocean.

After the opening credits, the movie changes to a scene with one of the main characters, Jack, and his partners Frank and Jason in Antarctica. While collecting data, there is a giant shelf of ice that breaks off from where the men are working. The viewer sees cracks occurring, but Jason is the first to actually hear the cracked ice. The camera shows a close up of his face as he stops to listen to the sound of breaking ice and then zooms out to show the ice breaking all around him. While Jack tries to save some of their data he falls into the cracked portion of the ice and Jason and Frank have to save him. After collecting this data Jack then gives a speech in New Delhi, India on climate change that may occur from a change in the Atlantic current due to ocean global warming. Global warming is causing the fresh water glaciers to melt into the Atlantic Ocean, which is leading to a critical desalination point. His message is ignored for the most part until bizarre weather starts taking place all over the world. The movie shows several different scenes depicting the climate changes, such as the falling of snow in New Delhi, giant ice chunks hailing down in Tokyo, multiple tornados destroying large portions Las Angeles (including the famous Hollywood sign), and airplanes being brought down by turbulence in the Midwest part of the United States.

As Jack and other fellow scientists do more research, they come to the realization that the cold temperatures from the Antarctic are moving towards civilization and are combining with cool air from the troposphere, which is descending too quickly to warm, thus creating several global storms. These storms appear to be similar looking to hurricanes, except all over landmasses. The movie repeatedly shows the earth from the view of astronauts in space as the storm covers more and more of the earth, eventually making all landmasses invisible. The rest of the movie portrays the tale of survival for Jack and his family, along with the rest of the world. In a scene where the southern half of the United States is evacuated to Mexico, another aerial shot shows U.S. citizens illegally crossing the river into Mexico after the border is closed. People are desperate to survive and this is shown to great detail. There are even small amounts of a love story thrown into the mix, which pulls the viewer into other aspects of the movie besides the terrible destruction and deaths of many, many people.

In the end, the storm gradually starts to clear up and the astronauts are able to start seeing land again. Jack is able to save his son Sam who was trapped in New York and many other survivors are found. The movie ends with a final scene of the earth, as the astronauts say they have never seen air quite so clear. The sound track played at the opening scene is then replayed at the end, wrapping the movie up.

Although the movie may be a bit dramatic in how global warming may change the climate of our earth, it does teach a good lessen. We need to watch what we do with our resources and control how we use them. Things such as a new ice age occurring from our use of greenhouse gases may seem far-fetched, but over a larger time span (maybe not quite as short as 7-10 days) something similar to this could happen.

Amanda

Obama and climate change

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According to the president of the United States, Barack Obama, climate change is becoming more important and we need to start taking actions, Obama says. The president gave a speech at Georgetown University in Washington last month. Obama stated that he is trying to pass a bill to reduce the emissions of carbon and pollution from factories and vehicles. He said “My energy plan will cut carbon emissions, help U.S. face worst effects.” In his speech, he encourages to start using cleaner energies and start acting so future generations do not suffer the effect of global warming.

I thought it would be interesting to share this because we are at a critical moment where we can either take the necessary measures or our future generations will suffer the consequences. I am glad that finally someone like the president who has power is taking a stand against climate change.

To read the whole speech, go to: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/president-barack-obama-we-must-face-the-problem-of-climate-change-b9945912z1-214433911.html

Luis

 

Global Warming: Cinema or Reality?

The film “The day after tomorrow” is a movie that exposes, in a very explicit way, the consequences of the global warming. Although the film might be a little bit exaggerated, the idea presented is not far from reality.

The movie starts when scientists and climatologists propose that global warming is going increase rapidly and cause massive climate change in the world in the next 100 or 1000 years. The melting of the poles is provoking that the currents of the sea will change dramatically and this will unchain the union of huge hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and earthquakes.

The special effects achieved to keep the curiosity of the spectator from the beginning to the end of the movie. Also, the theme of the movie was good. It can induce a little fear because that situation is what many people are afraid of what could happen in the future. However, there are some scenes that went a little over reality, like the immediate climate change, in just a few days, with the massive hurricanes or scenes where the scene where of the protagonists do not get hit by the temperature change in the room of the library.

There have been reports and researches about climate change and global warming, but this movie directed by Roland Emmerich can have a bigger impact than these documentaries. Are the special effects from the movie exaggerations or they might be just an example of what could occur?

Even though the movie has a happy ending and leaves some hope after the president’s speech (this will teach humanity some humility), the consequences of the climate change may last longer. We are the cause of all of this we cannot keep living like we do or did in the past, now is the time to start taking measures.

“The day after tomorrow” is an interesting film that can make us realize that the increase of the global warming can bring serious consequences to Earth and humanity. The effects of climate change can already be seen in the world today. The tornadoes in the Midwest have made the news in Spain and right now we are experiencing the coldest summer in 200 years. This is probably attributed to worldwide climate change. The scariest thing is that the consequences of the climate change are unpredictable.

Luis

Are WE the Problem?

After reading Kerry Emanuel’s What We Know about Climate Change, and reflecting on previous classes and issues, it seems that us humans are being blamed for the climate change in our atmosphere. The term “global warming” is constantly being linked to humans’ using man-made devices that emit greenhouse gasses which in return affect the temperature of the Earth. But, the question that has disturbed me these past 8 weeks of summer courses is “are we really the problem”? Sure, I understand that driving cars and (the worst of them all) animal-meat production cause enormous amounts of CO2 to enter the Earth, but a lot of natural causes contribute as well. Take for example volcanic eruptions. In Hawaii, when the volcano Kilauea erupts it emits CO2 into the air that is equivalent to around 1,000 SUV’s. Although in comparison, there are WAY less volcanoes than there are manmade devices that emit CO2, but I just feel like human activity shouldn’t be taking ALL of the blame of “global warming”.

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Hot Water, Climate Change, and Global Warming: Our Relationship with Nature

“HOT WATER” Documentary 

This video was uploaded to YouTube.com by the user Lizabeth Rogers. The video was recorded by Liz Rogers and Kevin Flint who researched and went to South Dakota to investigate the story about a Uranium contamination in “hot water” because people were getting sick from drinking and other uses of water. According to L. Rogers and K. Flint, the “people in the American southwest are not aware that their water supply is filtered through millions of tons of radioactive waste lying on the Colorado River.” They also mentioned that “Our ground water, air and soil are contaminated with some of the most toxic heavy metals known to man.” This film is dealing with a possible threat to nature because of the contamination from Uranium and other toxic heavy metals that are spreading not only in underground water but in ground water, air, and soil. According to the video, people have died from cancer and animals have gotten sick due to this and we can potentially damage the Earth if we do not take care of the use of these heave metals.

The film term “documentary” means “A nonfiction film about real events and people, often avoiding traditional narrative structures.” There is an exemplification of this film term in this video clip from YouTube.com because this is a video clip that does not have any “narrative structures.” There are no actors or actresses playing different roles and it does not exist a narrative structure. It is an example of a documentary. This is a film about people who have reported their problems with drinking water in South Dakota and Liz Rogers and K. Flint have decided to investigate and gather some evidences. The video clip is a documentary that is dealing with the contamination of the environment.

Climate Change Montage

The second video clip that I chose was “Climate change montage” by the user “22Fergalo.” This video clip shows some of the effects and consequences of this possible debated climate change. Extinction of different species, increase of flooding, earthquakes, melting of the poles, super population and the emission of dioxide carbon factories are some examples of the side effects of climate change.

Montage means “A specific kind of editing in which objects and figures are linked in a variety of creative or unexpected ways. Usually this kind of editing aims to generate certain effects or ideas.” In this case, the author of this video has put together a series of short videos and pictures about factories emitting carbon dioxide, flooding, poles, and massive deforestation to generate the idea of climate change and its side effects. This an example of a montage from an fan about a video clip about climate change and global warming.

Another Scientist Comes Out Against Global Warming. A point of view

“Another scientist comes out against global warming” was the third and last video that I wanted to share. In this video, uploaded by the user “libNOT,” the user has uploaded a video where John Christy, the director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama who is expressing his opinion against the global warming. He says that nature “operates at a level of complexity that is beyond the mastery of mere mortals such as scientists.”

The meaning of “point of view” according to “A short guide to writing about film” from Corrigan is “The position from which an action or subject seen, often determining its significance.” There is an obvious example of “point of view” on this video because the subject, which in this case is John Cristy, claims his opinion against the debated climate change among scientists and people that is going on right now.