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[greenyes] Climate Change Writ Bold

In February 1979, the China Syndrome was released describing a near nuclear
meltdown at an atomic power plant.
On March 28th, a few weeks later, Three Mile Island came within minutes of a
meltdown in an accident sequence not entirely dissimilar from the movie
version. I trust that this issue will not lend itself for any such
parallelism, but am not at all as certain as Molitar is of this movie's

Warming up: the debate over a movie that claims to be a vision of the future
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
08 May 2004

The storyline begins with a chunk of ice the size of Scotland falling into
the Antarctic sea. It continues, at breathtaking speed, with hailstones as
big as grapefruit battering Tokyo, hurricanes pounding Hawaii, snowstorms in
Delhi and tornadoes whipping through Los Angeles. New York and London are
plunged into a new ice age.

Welcome to the latest Hollywood blockbuster, The Day After Tomorrow, which
depicts climate change as a dramatic series of disasters sweeping across the

The makers insist the film, starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, has
its basis in scientific fact, but climate researchers have questioned the
way it represents the speed and manner of climate change.

Critics say the film is seriously misleading and could cause the public to
be become inured to the threat posed by climate change when they see it
being trivialised by the same Hollywood director who made Independence Day.

But the science adviser behind the movie has hit back at its critics,
arguing that The Day After Tomorrow, due for worldwide release on 28 May,
will do more to raise the public awareness of the greatest environmental
issue of our times than any number of research papers and documentaries.

Michael Molitor, a former climate change consultant, said he had already
attracted more media interest over his connection with the film than at any
time in 20 years of working on the science and politics of global warming.
"The amount of commentary by climate scientists on this film has been
unbelievable and I find it almost comical," Dr Molitor told The Independent.
"This film could actually do more in helping us move us in the right
direction than all the scientific work and all the [US congressional]
testimonies put together."

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