Daily Archives: September 2, 2016

BBC World Service – Newsday, How life began on a barren, desolate Earth.

What were the first, most primitive cells on Earth? A new study has provided an intriguing insight into the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) of life four billion years ago. The study – which was led by William F. Martin of Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany and was published in Nature Microbiology – looked at key metabolic features of the organism from which all present day life evolved, and the type of hostile, volcanic environment in which it likely lived. Professor James McInerney is an expert in the field and wrote an accompanying article to the research in Nature Microbiology.

(Pic: A typical eruption from a summit vent of Mt. Stromboli on Stomboli Island, Italy. Credit: Getty Images)

Release date:

26 July 2016

Duration:

2 minutes

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The Century of the Self (Full Documentary)


David Lessig

Published on Jul 9, 2015

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The Age of Stupid – full documentary (Official)


Spanner Films

Published on Nov 18, 2015

Hello. This is the official, full-length (89 min) version of our 2009 movie, The Age of Stupid. This film was made completely independently (we arguably invented crowd-funding to fund it) over five long years. We’re a tiny independent film company always struggling to make ends meet, so if you watch for free here, please make a donation – http://spannerfilms.net/donate – and also sign up to our email list: http://www.spannerfilms.net/mailing_list . Thanks v much and enjoy the film, Franny & Lizzie from Spanner Films
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The Age of Stupid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects, Brassed Off) as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Launched at a Guinness World Recording-winning solar-powered premiere in London’s Leicester Square, the film was released in cinemas worldwide, topped the UK box office (by screen average), became one of the most talked-about films of 2009 and garnered sensational reviews: The Telegraph called it “Bold, supremely provocative and hugely important”, the News of the World described it as “A deeply inconvenient kick up the backside”, ABC Australia said “So tightly constructed and dynamic you leave the cinema energised rather than terrified… hits home like a hammer blow” and the LA Times said “Think ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, but with a personality”.

Multi-award-winning documentary director Franny Armstrong (McLibel, Drowned Out) and Oscar-winning producer John Battsek (One Day In September, Restrepo) pioneered the now ubiquitous “crowd-funding” model to finance the film, and then spent four years following seven real people’s stories to be interweaved with Pete Postlethwaite’s fictional character: an Indian entrepreneur struggling to start a new low-cost airline, a Shell employee in New Orleans who rescued more than 100 people during Hurricane Katrina, an 82-year-old French mountain guide watching his beloved glaciers melt, two Iraqi refugee children searching for their elder brother, a young woman living in desperate poverty in Nigeria’s richest oil area and a windfarm developer in Britain battling the NIMBYs who don’t want his turbines to spoil their view.

The Age of Stupid led to the formation of the 10:10 carbon reduction campaign which now operates in 45 countries (www.1010global.org). Recognising the film’s unique contribution to independent filmmaking, the Huffington Post said that it “represents the future of film, film culture and film distribution and marketing”.

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Case for Declaration of Global Climate Emergency


Paul Beckwith

Published on Aug 14, 2016

Part 1 of 2 videos:
Our planet and its life support systems have been very resilient for eons. Not any more.

We are now suffering “death by one thousand cuts”, as our biosphere is taking continuos hits. Our planets stability is spiralling out of control as we transition through highly nonlinear abrupt climate change.

Wake up and smell the roses, while they still exist. Please support my videos and website http://paulbeckwith.net with a donation.

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Merchants of Doubt 2014 Documentary


Bronsen Linnette

Published on May 31, 2016

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Erik M. Conway – Merchants of Doubt: How Climate Science Became a Victim of th e Cold War


Earth101

Published on Sep 14, 2015

There is a long-standing “debate” over the reality of anthropogenic climate change between the mainstream climate science community and a handful of “skeptics,” most, though not all, of whom are financed by fossil-fuel companies and right-wing political foundations. This is well documented. Less well documented, and far less well understood, is the motivation of these deniers. Conway (2008) briefly argued that they are motivated by market fundamentalism. In Merchants of Doubt, Oreskes and Conway (2010) have also argued that this market fundamentalism is rooted in the American Cold War experience. In this talk, Conway will discuss the origin of one of the principal founts of misinformation about climate science, the George C. Marshall Institute, in the political fight over the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Erik Conway is a historian of science and technology residing in Pasadena, CA, currently employed by the California Institute of Technology. He studies and documents the history of space exploration, and examines the intersections of space science, Earth science, and technological change. Conway has co-authored two books with Naomi Oreskes on climate change, the Merchants of Doubt (2010), concerning the deliberate misrepresentation of climate change by a few high-level scientists, and The Collapse of ‘Western’ Civilization (2014), a science-based work of fiction that gives a critique of our present time from a future perspective.

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“The Madhouse Effect”


Earth101

Published on Sep 1, 2016

Micahel E. Mann talks about the book he did with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. They target the ongoing campaign to deny the climate change threat through satire and where appropriate, ridicule, built around Tom Toles’ famously insightful, edgy, and provocative climate-themed cartoons.

Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Dr. Mann received his Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth’s climate system. He was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News list of fifty most influential people in 2013.

Dr. Mann is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is author of more than 190 peer-reviewed and edited publications and has published the books Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. He is also a co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.

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President Obama Receives a Briefing on the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


The White House

Published on Sep 1, 2016

Midway Atoll

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President Obama Receives a Briefing on the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument


The White House

Published on Sep 1, 2016

Midway Atoll

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‘We’ve entered the age of climate instability’ – conservation biologist


RT America

Published on Sep 1, 2016

Humans have changed the earth so much that some scientists think we have entered a new geological age. To discuss, conservation biologist Dr. Reese Halter, joins “News with Ed” and says, “we’ve entered the age of climate instability” and “our food security is in jeopardy from burning fossil fuels.”

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