Antarctica: ice and sky

Antarctica: ice and sky

La glace et le ciel

DVD - 2016 | French
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Claude Lorius encountered his destiny at age 23 in the Antarctic. The film retraces his life's journey, from his first steps as a young glaciologist to the crowning moment of his glittering career, winning the Blue Planet Prize.
Publisher: [Chicago, Illinois] :, Music Box Films,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD 551. 31092 ANT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Ice and sky


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Nov 30, 2018

More "man is changing the earth's climate" nonsense. Some lovely footage, a biography of the glaciologist, who states that the earth goes through ice ages on a 100,000 year cycle, then suddenly man is changing the climate in the past 100 years! Outrageous poppycock.
So, what melted the mile of ice that sat over Calgary 15,000 years ago? Those pesky Indians, no doubt. Man induced climate change is the latest fashion, it too will pass.
Pollution, an island of plastic garbage in the Pacific, that's real! Heavy metal pollution emanating from China's coal burning, to power their electric cars, that's real. Inform yourself of the facts about "natural" glaciation cycles before you become another babbling lost soul.

What's makes this documentary, which covers the career of renowned French glaciologist Claude Lorius, worth watching is that by the time it is finished you will never harbor any doubts about the reality of climate change. Lorius pioneered the method of accurately measuring prehistoric temperatures by deep drilling ice cores. He was able to confirm that the Earth undergoes periodic climate change (ice ages). But what the planet has been experiencing the last 100 years is like nothing else in Lorius' vast trove of ice cores. Man has changed and is changing -- radically -- the Earth's natural systems (what's known as the "Anthropocene"). What adds to the impact of Lorius' message is the scope of the science involved. Spanning decades, marshaling the logistical support of several nations (the footage of the Soviet Antarctic camp is awesome), this is not some fringe pursuit the validity of which can be disputed. This is the best that governments have to offer. There should be a Nuremberg trial for leaders like Scott Pruitt, Trump's EPA chief, who recently announced to a bunch of coal company lobbyists that he will be fielding a team of climate-change deniers to "test" the academic consensus.

Jul 06, 2017

Rather dull.

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