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National Geographic Releases Alarming Climate Change Movie 'Before the Flood' On YouTube (youtube.com) 693

dryriver writes: National Geographic's Climate Change movie "Before The Flood," featuring actor-activist Leonardo DiCaprio, can now be viewed freely on Youtube. One of the most interesting points in the movie comes at around the 23 minute mark. At 23 minutes, scientist Michael E. Mann, famous for co-discovering the "hockey stick graph" via eigenvector based climate field reconstruction (CFR), recounts how media like the Wall Street Journal demonized him for his research, how he received death threats from unknown sources, how Congress grilled him about whether his scientific methods are credible, and how he even received an envelope in the mail with strange white powder in it. The movie is worth watching because it shows very clearly that a) man-made climate change is happening and that b) the negative effects of climate change are already impacting many areas of the world.
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National Geographic Releases Alarming Climate Change Movie 'Before the Flood' On YouTube

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  • by 110010001000 ( 697113 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2016 @05:47AM (#53197479) Homepage Journal
    I didn't believe in climate change before, but now that I see it on Youtube with Leonardo it makes it a) really real and b) happening as we speak.
    • by GuB-42 ( 2483988 )

      I suppose celebrity endorsement work better on most people than actual scientific data.
      Especially considering that global warming isn't something that shows clearly. It is a trend that is only apparent after a bit of number crunching, and the effect is much smaller than natural weather variations.

  • by hughbar ( 579555 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2016 @06:33AM (#53197641) Homepage
    This is my favourite cartoon concerning this subject: http://scienceblogs.com/starts... [scienceblogs.com] concerning a game-theoretic (if one wants to be pompous, and one does) aspect of this. That is, a low carbon, breathable air, greener world is a better world anyway, so we are right to start down this road, with or without AGW.
  • People are stupid (Score:2, Insightful)

    by gweihir ( 88907 )

    Even when an existential threat stares them in the face, they deny it if it is just a few years away and not too immediate. (Just look at all the deniers posting here.) The human race is incapable of dealing with an existential threat that is a few decades away.

    That said, maybe Trump will nuke the planet, thereby reducing the problem as nobody will be around to suffer the consequences...

    • by Kohath ( 38547 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2016 @10:41AM (#53199165)

      Or maybe the doomsday predictions are just wrong (or greatly exaggerated) this time, like every other time ever.

    • Gweihir is not wrong, and it's not a troll. He didn't even say people are stupid, simply incapable.

      And humans *are* incapable of dealing with ling term existential threats. You get exactly the same in the medical field where it's called "patient compliance". People in poor health after their triple bypass and last chance salloon operation can be told what to change in their lifestyle or they will literally die. For some people it works for others it doesn't. After a few weeks the immediacy disappears, they

  • This thread will have lots, and lots, and lots, of flaming going on soon. The slashdot editor who let this through with that summary would have been wiser to post an article discrediting emacs as a useful and relevant editor.
  • by Danathar ( 267989 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2016 @07:39AM (#53197947) Journal
    My biggest argument thus far is that so far I've seen absolutely NOTHING on the policy side which has a reasonable chance at doing anything other than marginally at the edges. The solution to this problem is not going to come from attempting to modify human behavior by carrot and stick. Sure, it can help but it's not going to solve the problem. The solution is going to come from some technical advancement that is cost effective for people to use vs what they already do now.
  • by Qbertino ( 265505 ) <moiraNO@SPAMmodparlor.com> on Wednesday November 02, 2016 @09:01AM (#53198487)

    I'd like to emphasis that just about in every 1st world country on the planet the general populace agrees and acknowledges the science that man-made climate change is real and happening. It is only in the US that anti-eco idiots appear in such numbers have such a widespread platform and that they are actually listened to. These crackpots would be laughed out of the room in just about any european country, by any party, left or right.

    This all fits snuggly into the type of political debate taking place in the US right now, that has everybody outside the US shake their head in disbelief.

    Just wanted to get that out.

    • by TheSync ( 5291 )

      every 1st world country on the planet the general populace agrees and acknowledges the science that man-made climate change is real and happening.

      Every 1st world country except the US agrees and acknowledges that socialism and high levels of labor and business regulation is the answer to their economy, ignoring economists. Andt then they have a 10% unemployment rate and zero GDP growth.

      (i.e. crowds aren't always correct - but believe climate scientists, believe scientific economists).

  • by djh101010 ( 656795 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2016 @09:32AM (#53198705) Homepage Journal
    Like so many other things, people slap a magnet on the back of their minivan to Raise Awareness, and then pretend they've done something. You being all alarmed or convinced or otherwise aware of the problem after seeing the movie, doesn't actually accomplish anything. DO SOMETHING. Plant a tree. Plant a thousand trees. Install solar panels. Change your light bulbs over to LED. Turn down the thermostat. Properly inflate your tires. Get a job closer to home. DO SOMETHING.

    I've planted around 10,000 trees, and installed around 10KW of solar panels. The solar panels are on a 4-5 year schedule to pay back the money spent on them, after which it's pure profit. AND, all the CO2 emissions that have been avoided by having them producing energy. I changed jobs to reduce my drive by an hour a day. We even gave tree seedlings to our wedding reception guests. Maybe I don't have a magnet on the back of my car, but, to me, actually doing something about it is more important than "raising awareness".

    Solar is a great way to do something, and, have a great investment. Where else can you put your money and get a ~5 year ROI?
  • by Virtucon ( 127420 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2016 @10:30AM (#53199085)

    "The planet is fine, the people are fucked." - George Carlin

  • by under_score ( 65824 ) <mishkin&berteig,com> on Wednesday November 02, 2016 @10:57AM (#53199329) Homepage

    He's mentioned in the credits: Alexei Berteig. He does lots of commercial [vimeo.com], documentary [youtube.com], and now entertainment video work. He recently moved to Vancouver from Beijing. You can check his stuff out at Fashioner Films [fashionerfilms.com].

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