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Global Warming: The Rising Storm

In the last half of the 20th century, scientists began understanding that industrialization and the effects of explosive population growth were affecting the fundamental structure and composition of earth's atmosphere. Man's ever-increasing thirst for energy, quenched by the burning of fossil fuels, has dramatically increased greenhouse gases in the lower atmosphere. We are now experiencing the first impact of these accumulating gases: A general warming of the planet. This 2-disc set examines and explains this phenomenon, and looks into the future where other, more deadly impacts are predicted to follow. In the first decade of the 21st century, we find ourselves at the precipice of a dangerous, rising storm.
Global Warming: Warnings from a Warmer PlanetRunning Time: 0:59:00

Increased greenhouse gases are res[responsible for global warming and climate change producing weather extremes such as heat waves and storms.

Chapter List
1.) Massive Pinion Pine Dieback
00:09:54The Earth's ecology as well as smaller ecosystems can be directly affected by weather extremes, such as droughts, which can destroy entire forests, and indirectly by allowing opportunities or pests such as the bark beetle to invade.
2.) Fires
00:03:55Fires, especially wildfires, can be the result of a positive feedback loop that stresses ecosystems that then strain the firefighting ability of countries.
3.) Oceans
00:03:57Oceans are affected by weather extremes, that impact our Blue Planet and destroy the ocean ecology.
4.) Coral Reefs
00:07:46Coral Reefs are destroyed by coral bleaching, which hurts the zooxanthellae, the symbiont that keeps coral alive in places such as the barrier reefs.
5.) Acidification of the Oceans
00:02:57Acidification of the Oceans, raising the ocean's pH, hurts coral reefs and destroys the ocean ecology.
6.) The Arctic
00:06:15The Arctic, glacier, sea ice, tundra and Greenland ice sheet are affected by arctic warming, a result of greenhouse gases creating a positive feedback loop.
7.) Melting of the Sea Ice
00:04:56Greenhouse gases create a positive feedback loop.
8.) Melting of Glaciers and Ice Fields
00:06:13Glaciers and ice fields in places like Greenland, are melting creating a positive feedback loop.
9.) Thawing of the Permafrost
00:05:40As Permafrost melts, it releases CO2, creating a positive feedback loop that can destroy Alaskan coastal villages such as Shishmaref.
Global Warming: Predictions for a Warmer PlanetRunning Time: 0:58:00

Global Warming and climate change are a result of the Anthropocene Era, where fossil fuels have increased CO2 emissions, and as a result climate models predict shifts in the Earth's climate, causing growths and a thawing of the Arctic's permafrost, while meteorology models predicts more weather extremes and methane hydrates pose a problem for even more greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.

Chapter List
1.) Worries
00:02:01Positive feedback loops increase the melting of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, threatening the Earth with a runaway greenhouse effect that could melt all the ice on the planet.
2.) How Science Works
00:04:33In the Interglacial period carbon dioxide, CO2, one of the potent greenhouse gases. Has increased in the last 200 years demonstrated by the hockey stick curve on graphs.
3.) The Effects of Global Warming
00:01:21The permafrost, arctic icepack and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are all melting as a result of global warming.
4.) Scientific Models
00:03:20Climate models demonstrate a positive feedback with CO2.
5.) Weather Models
00:06:38Weather Models are used to predict weather and extreme weather, using gathered weather data to make a weather forecast.
6.) Climate Circulation Models
00:10:46Climate Circulation Models and climate models show how greenhouse gases and solar radiation interact to affect climates, while atmospheric models use atmospheric circulation, clouds, the Bio/Geo/Chemical cycles and old carbon to demonstrate positive feedback loops.
7.) Weather Extremes
00:09:45Weather Extremes - storms, droughts, hurricanes and heat waves - as well as decreased frost days and less precipitation can be demonstrated in a climate model and an ocean model.
Series SKUGW2
Video Programs2
SubjectsPolitical Science, Science, Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Social Studies, Geography
Supplemental Files3
Released2007
Produced By Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Copyright ©2007 Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Grade Levels10th Grade through Post Secondary
Chart - Fire Statistics
Report - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007
MARC Records for GW2
MARC records for the Full Series GW2, Global Warming: The Rising Storm
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