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Strange Days On Planet Earth

March 8, 2012

While the average global temperature on Earth has increased by 1 degree Celsius in the last century, in some places on Earth the temperature has increased by a phenomenal 11 Degrees, for some species, already adapted to life as it has been for millions of years such changes puts them in great danger.

Inter-species transfer from one continent to another through what many thought were harmless human activities has placed great pressures on the survival of local animals, insects and even plants, all of which were not prepared for the arrival of newer, more aggressive species.

In many areas of the world some ocean species are actually relocating themselves in order to survive the loss of their food resources and habitats due to the warming of the oceans.

Herds of animals are vanishing as they struggle with warming temperatures which bring in longer breeding seasons for many insects in turn affecting the living standards and health of the many animals they attack.

On land and across the world entire lakes are either disappearing or being reduced in size through the effects of long lasting droughts, the lack of rain waters in some parts is changing much of our surrounding environment and the dust this causes in some parts of the world is affecting the health of children thousands of miles away.

In the oceans plankton are down 20% to what they were in the 1950s, when the waters are cold they do well but now that the waters are warmer their numbers are falling drastically.

Every little change that occurs on earth through global warming might not mean much to some, but all these changes will eventually add together until our environment reaches a breaking point from which none of us may survive.

This video series from National Geographic aims to create an innovative type of environmental awareness by revealing a cause and effect relationship between what we as humans do to the Earth and what that in turn does to our environment and ecosystems, the series creates a new sense of environmental urgency.

Each of the four episodes is constructed as a high-tech detective story, with the fate of the planet at stake.




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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2012 2:21 am

    You make a very good point in your opening paragraph: when we talk about the globe warming by one or two degrees (Celcius) this hides the fact that this is an average rise. As you point out, some parts of the globe experience substantially warmer temperatures — and other parts can see substantially lower temperatures. This is why I cringe whenever I hear anyone claim that global warming is clearly not happening “because it’s snowing outside”.

    • March 9, 2012 2:52 am

      Thank you, Pendantry, I posted this blog because I thought the videos were fantastic, they explained so much that it is impossible not to recognize the changes we have made to our environment.

  2. March 9, 2012 2:48 pm

    Just watched the first programme. Opened my eyes in ways I would never have guessed. Big thanks, Paul

  3. March 10, 2012 1:36 pm

    The second programme was just as powerful a revelation, perhaps even more so. P.

    • March 10, 2012 2:13 pm

      The videos opened my eyes too, by the time I finished viewing them I had a better understanding of just how bad we have ruined our environment. Still, the good news is that now we know we can pass it on to others.

      • March 11, 2012 5:33 am

        If the next two are as comprehensive as the first two, and I have no doubt that they are, then all four are a fantastic resource. Indeed, I shall add them to LfD over the coming couple of weeks including a link to Dogs of Doubt.

        Musing over the idea of starting up a campaign to have Payson, AZ, where we live, become a Transition Town, see http://transitionus.org/knowledge-hub/organizing/getting-started/ and these videos would make a great way of getting the message across. P.

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