Energy, Climate and Water Films
The following films have been used by STORE in our outreach and education programs on Energy, Climate and Water in the 21st Century.
Film Title: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
(Women in Science: Environmental Science and Writing) With a passion for nature instilled in her at an early age, writer and biologist Rachel Carson became a fearless champion for the environment, taking on the issue of unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides. Carson publisher her controversial work, "Silent Spring," in 1962, sparking a revolution in environmental policy and creating a new ecological consciousness. The book became an instant bestseller and was translated into 22 languages and changed the way we think about the natural world.
Film Title: Extreme Ice
(Climate: Science and Film-Making, Melting Glaciers and Sea-Level Change) This film follows the progress of acclaimed photo-journalist James Balog's Extreme Ice Survey, the largest photographic study ever attempted of the cryosphere, the mantle of ice that covers large portions of the Earth and that plays a critical role in weather. The expedition creates a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior and their potential to drive rising sea levels.
Film Title: When the Water Tap Runs Dry
(Water: Water Supply and Infrastructure) The greatest impacts from climate change will not be warmer temperatures but water shortages. Every drop of water that flows through America's rivers or is stored in our lakes and reservoirs is spoken for. Now, America is over-drafting its water supply. In this video we will look at various issues and suggest solutions based on a new vision of America's water infrastructure, and customized water rights agreements.
Film Title: Renewable Energy
(Energy: New Technology) How are today's advanced technologies working to harness air, water, earth and fire to produce clean and reliable sources of energy? Discover how the global shipping giant FedEx has managed to employ solar power to produce 80% of its peak electricity needs at its hub in Oakland, CA. Through numerous examples, this program examines the benefits of some of the most reliable renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuel and tidal power.
Film Title: Environmental Tech
(Energy: New Technology) This film examines how some of the world's best minds are using today's most innovative technologies to help preserve and protect the planet. Learn how technologies such as carbon sequestration and bioremediation have taken on the most daunting environmental crises, including global warming, deforestation, nuclear waste, and resource scarcity. Discover how scientists have begun converting blue-green algae into automotive biofuel and decomposing garbage supplies into clean-burning natural gas. Finally, find out how trees and other natural environments are now being used as engineering tools to control flooding and rejuvenate dying rivers.
Film Title: The Big Energy Gamble
(Energy: New Technology) NOVA examines California's aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future. From San Francisco's Luscious Garage, where mechanics create custom plug-in hybrids, to the Tehachapi Valley, where thousands of wind turbines are spinning out electricity, NOVA visits the places where green energy is already becoming a reality. Yet some critics fear that, as the nation struggles through an economic meltdown, the state's new policies are inviting dire consequences. Will California be a role model for the rest of the country, or a cautionary tale?
Film Title: On Thin Ice
(Climate: Effects of Climate Change on Human Civilization) Seventy-five percent of the world's fresh water is stored in glaciers, but scientists predict climate change will cause some of the world's largest glaciers to completely melt by 2030. What effect will this have on our daily lives? View the experience of a reporter and environmentalist who trek to the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayan Mountains, the source of the Ganges River, to witness the great melt and its consequences. They also visit Montana's Glacier National Park to see the striking effect of global warming in the U.S. and learn how melting glaciers across the globe can have a direct impact on food prices in the U.S.
Film Title: Solar Energy: Saved by the Sun
(Energy: New Technology) This film poses the burning question: Can solar power help save the Earth from the effects of global warming? From individuals installing solar panels on their roofs to industrial-scale project in the Mojave desert featuring massive arrays of mirrors, solar power is gaining ground in the U.S. And in Germany, the world's leading developer of solar power is on track to produce 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Meet a mix of scientists, economists and ordinary citizens who are all pushing the envelope of solar power's untapped potential.
Film Title: Water World
(Climate: Effects of Climate Change on Human Civilization) Imagine you lived in a world of water. Your home is two-feet under. You wade through it, cook on it, and sleep above it. This is the reality for hundreds of thousands of people around the world, coastal populations on the front lines of climate change. Travel to Bangladesh to examine some innovative solutions. Scientists project global seas will flood 20 percent of Bangladesh by 2030, stranding some 35 million climate refugees. Some are proposing that industrial nations who contribute to global warming should open their doors to displaced Bangladeshis.
Film Title: Sea Change
(Water and Climate: Oceanography) A rise in sea levels isn't the only impact global warming is having on the world's oceans. A growing body of evidence suggests that climate change is also affecting ocean currents and the chemistry of the seas, with potentially catastrophic results. Join Dr. Ruth Curry of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with help from other researchers for a first hand look at this critical sea change, and what we might do about it.