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Global Warming

Global Warming


Directed by Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey

Record of the massive peaceful resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land and underneath the Missouri River.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a controversial project that brings fracked crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and eventually to Illinois. The Standing Rock Tribe and people all over the world oppose the project because the pipeline runs under the Missouri river, a source of drinking water for over 18 million people, and pipeline leaks are commonplace. Since 2010 over 3,300 oil spills and leaks have been reported.

Moving from summer 2016, when demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline's demolishing of sacred Native burial grounds began, to the current and disheartening pipeline status, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock is a powerful visual poem in three parts that uncovers complex hidden truths with simplicity. The film is a collaboration between indigenous filmmakers: Director Myron Dewey and Executive Producer Doug Good Feather; and environmental Oscar-nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione.

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. The film documents the story of Native-led defiance that has forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. It asks: "Are you ready to join the fight?"

DVD / 2017 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 89 minutes

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Directed by Josh Fox, Steve Liptay

Chronicles 350.org's 'Do the Math' bus tour as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.

As world governments struggle to meet the aspirational limit of 1.5 degrees of global warming agreed to at COP21 in Paris, a new campaign is targeting the fossil fuel industry in an effort to withdraw its social license to operate. DIVEST! Chronicles 350.org's 'Do the Math' bus tour across the United States in 2012 as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.

Each night Bill McKibben and special guests laid out the findings in his landmark Rolling Stone article 'Global Warming's Terrifying New Math' and made both the moral and historical case for divestment. Three years later over 500 institutions representing over 3 trillion dollars in assets have committed to divest. The campaign is winning, but with the clock ticking down the question remains: will the victories add up enough to matter?

Featuring Naomi Klein, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Josh Fox, Terry Tempest Williams, Winona LaDuke, Desmond Tutu and Ira Glass.

DVD / 2016 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 77 minutes

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By Valentina Canavesio

FOOTPRINT takes a dizzying spin around the globe, witnessing population explosions, overconsumption, limited resources, and expert testimony as to what a world straining at its limits can sustain. We spend time with indigenous health workers, activists, and the ordinary people in the Philippines, Mexico, Pakistan and Kenya, women who all challenge the idea that our world can continue to support the weight of humanity's footprint on it. FOOTPRINT offers unprecedented access to the people on the ground who are all in their unique way challenging the status quo and making us rethink what's really at stake. There are surprising revelations on who are the players standing in the way of solutions and those pushing for it, without losing sight of the array of possible solutions that open up when we take the time to ask this critical question of how many of us there are in the world and what the Earth can sustain if we are to all live a dignified life.

DVD (English, Swahili, Urdu, Tagalog, Spanish, Color) / 2016 / 82 minutes

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Directed by Josh Fox

Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox contemplates our climate-change future by exploring the human qualities that global warming can't destroy.

In his new film, Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change - the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can't destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Featuring, among others, Lester Brown, Elle Chou, Van Jones, Elizabeth Kolbert, Michael Mann, Bill McKibben, Tim DeChristopher, Petra Tschakert.

DVD / 2016 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 127 minutes

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By Jane Caputi

FEED THE GREEN: FEMINIST VOICES FOR THE EARTH, by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies professor and scholar Jane Caputi, challenges the cultural imagination surrounding the destruction of the environment and the link and influence on femicide and genocide.

No nation is immune to the effects of global warming, but the impacts of climate change are felt disproportionately by those who face racial and socioeconomic inequalities. In the US, African Americans, Hispanics and other racial and ethnic minorities are more vulnerable to climate change. Globally the effects from global warming are likely to be unequal, with the world's poorest and developing regions lacking the economic and institutional capacity to cope and adapt.

FEED THE GREEN features a variety of feminist thinkers, including ecological and social justice advocates Vandana Shiva and Andrea Smith, ecosexual activists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens; ecofeminist theorist and disability rights activist Ynestra King, poet Camille Dungy, scholars and bloggers Janell Hobson and Jill Schneiderman and grass roots activist La Loba Loca. Their voices are powerfully juxtaposed with images from popular culture, including advertising, myth, art, and the news, pointing to the ways that an environmentally destructive worldview is embedded in popular discourses, both contemporary and historical. Required viewing for Women's and Environmental Studies as well as Pop Culture.

DVD (Color) / 2015 / 35 minutes

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Directed by Christopher McLeod

From the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia to the Andes of Peru, indigenous highland communities battle threats to their forests, farms, and faith.

From Ethiopia to Peru, indigenous customs protect biodiversity on sacred lands under pressure from religious conflicts and climate change. In the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, scientists confirm the benefits of traditional stewardship even as elders witness the decline of spiritual practices that have long protected trees, meadows and mountains. Tensions with evangelical Christians over a sacred meadow erupt into a riot. In the Peruvian Andes, the Q'eros, on a pilgrimage to a revered glacier, are driven from their ritual site by intolerant Catholics. Q'eros potato farmers face a more ominous foe: global warming is melting glaciers, their water source. Andes farmers, scientists and visiting Ethiopians struggle to adapt indigenous agriculture to the changing climate.

DVD / 2013 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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This special compile looks at how technology and climate change have affected farming practices over the past 5 years.

Carbon Farming (2008)
While agriculture's carbon footprint will be factored in under international rules in Australia's emission trading scheme, there's growing anxiety that farmers might get lumped with all the costs and fewer benefits of a looming carbon economy.

Climate Risk (2006)
At a conference in Adelaide which focused on climate variability, experts from around Australia and the world claimed climate change is inevitable. We look at what farmers are doing to deal with variations in climate from season to season.

Climate Conference (2009)
In 2009, at an international climate conference in Melbourne, climate scientist warned Australian farmers that the fierce winds of climate change will fundamentally alter what they plant and where they farm.

Carbon Economy (2009)
One scientist claims storing carbon in soil it is the key to farming profitably in a carbon economy. Dr Christine Jones has spent her life savings on carbon trials to prove it can be done.

Dairy Farmers (2010)
Many of the country's dairy farmers are already on the front foot in the battle against greenhouse emissions.

Fighting Erosion (2010)
It sounds like agricultural science fiction, a cheap accessible option for lowering methane production that can help remediate land ravaged by erosion and doesn't need much water.

Professor Tim Flannery (2007)
Professor Flannery talks about climate change, water and the intriguing subject of carbon trading.

Carbon Trading USA (2009)
Ten thousand American farmers are already trading agricultural carbon credits through a voluntary exchange set up in 2003. We travel to the US Midwest for this special Landline report.

DVD / 2011 / 60 minutes

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In March 2011 a tsunami hit a Japanese nuclear reactor and ignited a new debate on the safety of nuclear energy. This film explores the very different energy policies of two countries: Australia and Sweden.

AUSTRALIA: For decades people in Australia campaigned against the nuclear and uranium industries - but global warming has now led some environmentalists to change their minds. Coal and gas generates 90 per cent of the country's electricity, and the fossil fuel lobby virtually dictates Australia's energy policy. They've come up with a technological fix that promises emission-free power from coal - but the technology is in its infancy, and the eventual costs are unknown.

SWEDEN: For the past 20 years Sweden has generated half its electricity from nuclear reactors. Many people feel nuclear is safe - despite the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. One of the greatest fears associated with nuclear energy is how to dispose of the dangerous waste - and Sweden has an elaborate plan for this, but many other countries, including Australia, are having problems agreeing where to put it.

ALTERNATIVES: Are renewable forms of energy, such as wind, a feasible alternative source of energy? Denmark, the wind power capital of the world, gets an astonishing 20 per cent of its electricity from wind power. Says one commentator: "There are other necessary and urgent things that we should do to stop polluting the planet, and building nuclear power plants is not the answer."

DVD / 2011 / 24 minutes

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Director: Jon Shenk

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the survival of his country and everyone in it. Nasheed, who brought democracy to the Maldives after decades of despotic rule, now faces an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives and make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, The Island President captures Nasheed's battle to stop global warming - and save his country.

DVD-R / 2011 / 101 minutes

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As the world grapples with the Global Financial Crisis, Compass asks: Should our lives be ruled by the almighty dollar? In the 21st century money has become the measure of all things, but what does money really mean to us?

Has belief in money replaced our belief in the divine? We rate it so highly that it trumps almost everything else, but is it what defines us as human beings? Or is the pursuit of money the only way to drive our society? Compass gathers some big thinkers to explore the values underpinning our abiding love of money.

DVD / 2010 / 28 minutes

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By Julian Sher & Lynn Raineault

As the polar ice caps shrink, the international battle for control of the Arctic Ocean, a body of water surrounded by five countries, and its seabed, is escalating.

The stakes are enormous, with the region estimated to hold up to 50% of the Earth's remaining reserves of gas and oil, so Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States - not to mention Greenland, Japan and the entire European Union - are all working to stake their claims.

THE BATTLE FOR THE ARCTIC reveals the importance of an ice-free Northwest Passage, a shipping route between Asia and Europe 5,000 kilometers shorter than the Panama Canal route, and examines the competing claims over which nation controls these waters and the natural resources beneath the seabed. The film shows how the competing nations use ships, planes and submarines to explore and map the continental slope in order to prove their claims to the International Seabed Authority.

Through contemporary and archival footage, plus interviews with military, scientific, and diplomatic representatives from the competing nations, the film discusses the legal framework of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the respective international claims, the methods used to update the navigation charts and map the unknown Arctic Seabed, and the commercial, environmental and defense considerations involved in the region's development.

DVD (Color) / 2009 / 49 minutes

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This program looks at the Endangered Species Act; causes of species extinction; greenhouse warming and the consequences to the ecosystem; and the federal agencies that manage the ecosystem and the federal lands found within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. There is also a discussion about cattle grazing in the ecosystem and the challenges it presents to wolf and grizzly management, and considers an important wild card in greenhouse warming that is often neglected: methane.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2009 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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In basic terms, global warming refers to a warming trend of the Earth's near-surface atmosphere and its oceans. Scientific study has shown that in the distant past global warming trends occurred due to natural influences; however, today, because climate change and rising sea levels have seen dramatic changes, and because human emissions of greenhouse gases have increased significantly over the past 100 years, scientists are much more concerned about global warming than ever. With the world's population continuing to grow, the demand for energy will only increase, which will continue to put a heavy demand on the Earth's natural resources. As a result, there's no way around global warming being a political issue, and, no pun intended, the debate about global warming continues to heat up. To remain objective it is key for individuals to know what is fact or fiction, which is the main theme of this program.

This program introduces us to Stephen H. Schneider, Ph.D., who is an expert climatologist and Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford University; he co-edited the acclaimed book, Climate Change Policy: A Survey. Here he explains how individuals can determine what's truth and what's propaganda in the scientific wars regarding the environmental status of planet Earth.

DVD / 2008 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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A critical concern for the planet today is global warming and its probable consequences. And whether warming trends are occurring because of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere or a cyclical change in the weather, we'll investigate this global issue from the polar Arctic to the polar Antarctic.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2008 / (Intermediate or above) / 23 minutes

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What is global warming? What is the evidence for it? How will it affect the world? This film explores these questions as it follows the icebreaker Louis St Laurent on a trip to the Arctic Circle.

The Arctic Ice Sea, a plate of ice roughly the size of Europe, is disappearing.

Scientists say that by 2013, there will be no sea-ice left in the Arctic, causing a tipping point for climate change throughout the world.

Polar bears, who are at the top of the Arctic food chain, are feeling the heat. As the sea ice shrinks, so does their world.

The forests of Alaska are suffering, too. Alaska's vast pine forests rest on a layer of solid permafrost and when the frost melts the ground literally gives way. Melting permafrost could soon be a worldwide disaster.

"The Arctic will export change to the rest of the world," warns one expert, "Melting sea ice will intensify the extreme weather caused by climate change, bringing violent storms and cyclones."

Very quickly the world's food and water supplies will begin to run short.

Canadian coastguards predict that it will not be long before the legendary Northwest Passage through the Arctic will be completely ice-free. And that's fuelling a new "cold rush" as businesses eye the vast oil and mineral reserves which, until now, have been locked beneath the melting ice.

Says one commentator: "This issue will become something that people are willing to go to war over."

DVD / 2008 / 35 minutes

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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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By Yves Billy

Today the North Pole is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. The Arctic ice cap is less than half the size it was 50 years ago. This radical climate change has thus begun to open the ice-packed Northwest Passage between Europe and Asia, and some scientists predict that the transoceanic maritime route will soon be permanently ice free during its ever-longer summers.

STRAIT THROUGH THE ICE examines the geopolitical ramifications of this development, including disputes between the five nations bordering the Arctic Ocean-the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Norway and Russia-over claims to territorial waters, the control of sea traffic, and the right to exploit the region's untapped resources of oil and other natural resources. But if this multinational race to the Arctic is not legally regulated, the region's fragile ecosystem could be devastated.

STRAIT THROUGH THE ICE illuminates the many complex issues involved in this potential conflict between ecology and geopolitics through interviews with scientists, shipping executives, local residents, navigational workers, educators, climatologists, military leaders and glaciologists.

Complemented by stunning vistas of the Arctic environment and its wildlife, the film also follows the crew of the Canadian Coast Guard research icebreaker Amundsen as it explores a new passage through the Arctic strait and collects scientific and cartographic data, in the process broaching environmental issues, global warming, the dangers of ice-floe navigation, new ship designs, and the need for new deep-sea ports.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2007 / 52 minutes

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Examines the media strategies, on both sides, that have resulted in the US government's failure to take decisive action on global warming.

EVERYTHING'S COOL is a "toxic comedy" about the most dangerous chasm ever to emerge between scientific understanding and political action- Global Warming. The good news: America finally gets global warming; the chasm is closing and the debate is over. The bad news: the United States, the country that will determine the fate of the globe, must transform its fossil fuel based economy fast, (like in a minute).

While the industry funded naysayers sing what just might be their swan song of scientific doubt and deception, a group of self-appointed global warming messengers are on a life or death quest to find the iconic image, proper language, and points of leverage that will help the public go from understanding the urgency of the problem to creating the political will necessary to push for a new energy economy. Hold on -- this is bigger than changing your light bulbs.

EVERYTHING'S COOL features a renowned cast of scientists, journalists and actiivists including Step It Up's Bill McKibben, Pulitzer Prize winner Ross Gelbspan, The Weather Channel's Dr. Heidi Cullen, the "bad boys of environmentalism" Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, and White House whistleblower Rick Piltz.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 89 minutes

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Explains the science and the uncertainties behind current global warming debates in Congress and the press. Program includes interviews with experts like: Richard Lindzen, MIT; Reid Bryson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Howard Odum, University of Florida; Thomas Lovejoy, Smithsonian Institute and others.

DVD / 2005 / (Secondary, College) / 35 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..."

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 debate over global warming is clearly explained in this kit. This program made for middle and high school classes explains the sources of greenhouse gases and how they affect the environment. It also looks at arguments about how big a problem this is and whether humans can or need to control these gases. Includes a classroom poster that graphically shows how greenhouse gases cause global warming.

DVD / 2000 / (Grades 5 or above) / 17 minutes

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Shows that global warming is already hurting the Pacific Islands.

" We are like the warning system for the whole world to see." Penehuro Lefale, Samoa

For 7 million people living on thousands of islands scattered across the Pacific ocean, global warming is not something that looms in the distant future: it's a threat whose first effects may have already begun.

Through personal stories of Pacific Islanders, RISING WATERS: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands puts a human face on the international climate change debate.

The majority of scientists around the world now agree that global warming is real, and key studies show that the tropical Pacific islands will be hit first and hardest by its effects. The water temperature in the tropical Pacific has risen dramatically over the last two decades, bleaching coral and stressing marine ecosystems. Sea level rise threatens to inundate islands, and extreme weather events -- such as more frequent and intense El Ninos, severe droughts, and mega hurricanes -- could wipe out ecosystems and the way of life that has existed for thousands of years.

"Way before most of these islands go under, they're going to lose their fresh water supply." Anginette Heffernan, Fiji

In the program, islanders show the viewers the physical and cultural impacts caused by global warming. Unusual high tides have swept the low-lying atolls of Micronesia, destroying crops and polluting fresh water supplies. Ancestral graveyards are being destroyed by the impacts of rogue waves and erosion never witnessed before the last decade. An increase in the frequency and intensity of hurricanes is making it difficult for island communities and ecosystems to recover.

"It's very difficult for someone living in the United States to grasp the fact that if the sea level rises just a few feet, a whole nation will disappear." Ben Graham, Republic of the Marshall Islands

But the islanders' stories have not convinced everyone in the rest of the world. Some scientists refute the studies, and business leaders and economists warn that forcing industries to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions will cause a global economic collapse.

While the policy makers and scientists argue about when and how much to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next twenty years, many Pacific Islanders are wondering if they will have a future. One thing is known: the longer emission reductions are delayed, the harder it will be to curb the effects of global warming, and prevent sea level rise from devastating the Pacific Islands.

What, then, should the islanders do? Whom should they believe? Where would they go if forced to leave their homes? RISING WATERS explores what it means to live under a cloud of scientific uncertainty, examining both human experience and expert scientific evidence. The problems facing the islanders serve as an urgent warning to the rest of the world.

Locations include Kiribati, the Samoas, Hawai'I, the atolls of Micronesia including the Marshall Islands, as well as laboratories and research centers in the continental United States. RISING WATERS weaves the portraits of the islanders with historical film and video materials, interviews with top scientists, and voiceover. 3D animation is used to illustrate key scientific concepts.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2000 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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Was the unprecedented mass coral bleaching in 1998 proof of global warming?

Coral reefs are the jewels of the ocean. Communities of organisms as rich and diverse as any above or below the surface of the planet, they encircle the tropics like an azure necklace.

1998 was designated 'International Year of the Oceans'. It turned out to be the year that coral reefs around the world began to die. Unprecedented mass bleaching swept the world's tropical oceans, in places leaving hundreds of miles of coral coastline-the fringes of entire countries in places-severely damaged. Following a number of similar but lesser events since the 1980s, this latest bleaching event is being touted as unequivocal proof that global warming has begun, and that it will have a greater impact than many think.

This program reveals disturbing evidence that even if coral can survive continually rising temperatures, they won't be able to escape the chemical effects of high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Experiments in Arizona's Biosphere II show that as the ocean is becoming more acidic, corals will grow more slowly and with weaker skeletons.

SILENT SENTINELS examines these claims and takes a step back to take a broader look at the coral organism and how it has coped with climate change over time. How coral both defines its environment and is created by it. It is a story of a polyp and a plant-one of the most successful biological relationships in the history of the earth.

SILENT SENTINELS was filmed in three oceans, on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and remote Scott Reef in the Indian Ocean, in the Maldives, the Red Sea, the USA and the Caribbean.

"This is the most important movie on global warming to date." Rafe Pomerance, key US global warming negotiator, former Deputy Asst. Secretary of State for Environment

DVD (Color) / 1999 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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