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Oliver Kellhammer: Neo-Eocene or How Trees from the Eocene Can Fight Climate Change

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BACK TO THE FUTURE...

We will not talk about the emblematic movie by Robert Zemeckis. And we will not talk about science fiction. Or maybe we will... Kind of. For what the environmental artist Oliver Kellhammer and  the botanist Rupert Sheldrake are trying to do may sound to you like a science-fiction. Well, it is science, for sure. But it is definitely not fiction. It is something real. A real escape plan. Or at least part of if.  An escape plan for turning back the time... iand fighting climate change.

"There is broad scientific consensus that we are well into a period of rapidly escalating, human-induced climate change, - says Oliver Kellhammer. - But how high will temperatures go? Some models predict that global temperatures could increase by as much as 5 degrees C. The last time this happened was during the Eocene Thermal Maximum, some 55 million years ago. This was long before our own species came along, so it is unclear how we will be able to adapt to the coming extremes. Back in those days, palms and alligators flourished as far north as what is now Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Much of British Columbia was covered in a warm temperate forest, far more biologically diverse than what exists here today... But if global warming threatens to bring back the Eocene's temperatures, why not reintroduce the Eocene's trees? Many of our existing forests have already suffered substantially under the newer, hotter conditions..."

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Prof. Xavier Cortada: DO NOT OPEN - a (Warning) Project about Climate Change and the World of Tomorrow

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AN EYE OPENING PROJECT 

"DO NOT OPEN" is a participatory art project, organized and lead by Prof. Xavier Cortada.  Its goal is to provoke a first-hand awareness  on climate change and the way it affects our life and the life of those coming after us. Because it is true that for many people (or should we say for most of the people) climate change is still something distant, something chimerical, something that is not relevant to them - not now, not in this moment. Yet, Prof. Cortada proves us wrong. He makes us, or actually let's say, he helps us see, admit and acknowledge the personal (and global) effects of climate change.  Because this is the only way a change could be made. Not via impersonal narration, but via personal interpretation.

 Prof. Cortada asks the participants to write letters to the future, focusing on the climate change which effects we experience today. Then the participants should put the letters away and leave them unread, until a future time. The result is the acknowledgement that climate change is real and that our today is what will form the next generations' tomorrow. ..

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The Best New Books on Climate Change for 2020 - Top 5

MUST READ. MUST ACT

Never before has climate change been a main topic in presidential campaigns. Never before have kids animated movies talked about recycling. Never before have we been in a situation like this. Climate is changing. Earth is changing. Are we changing, too? Are we changing our future? Can we??? Let's try to find the answers in the top 5 books on climate change published in 2020...

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Is It Really Too Late to Stop Climate Change? Here Is the Answer...

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THE QUESTION(s)

Can we stop climate change? Can we reverse the process that seems to threaten our future, our children's future, our planet's future? Can we make a change if we haven't made it so far? These are the questions we need to answer. And we need to find the answers now...

The following 10-minute animation offers a different and smart approach to this matter. It was created by the people who stand behind the website for data analysis Our World in Data & the YouTube channel Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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Sir David Attenborough Warns About the Connection between Animal Extinction and Pandemics

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Extinction. The Facts

"Extinction. The Facts" is the new documentary by sir David Attenborough produced by BBC. It shows the shocking truth about the way mankind treats wild animal life, or, let's say it straight - the way we invade it, mess with it and destroy it. The film points out the inevitable result from all this - biodiversity loss, climate change, and... pandemics! The documentary predicts that if we don't change the course of our behavior, the pandemics will happen more often and may be even more devastating. Yet, it is all in our hands! In the hands in every one of us!

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Climate Change Is Un-Real?! The Deniers vs. the Activists

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The Debate

Climate Change and its causes are turning into the hottest topic for discussions everywhere - from presidential campaigns to zoom chats, from academic studies to news reports. Scientists, politicians, analyzers, journalists… activists, and deniers… They all try to make their voice count. They all want to make you follow their lead. What will be your choice? Who will stand by?

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Michael Moore: We Are Losing the Battle with Climate Change Because We Obey Corporate Interests

Is It Too Late?

"Planet of the Humans" is the latest and probably one of the most controversial documentaries under Michael Moore's trademark. Jeff Gibbs wrote, directed and narrated the film, while Michael Moore was the executive producer. According to the filmmakers, the production "dares to say what no one else will — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet Earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement's answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late."


Is it really too late? Are we heading to the wrong direction? We will try to find out...

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Scientists Are Trying to Find Out Why Tree Leaves Change Their Color

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The Science Behind the Autumn Tree Palette

Have you ever wondered why the leaves of the trees change their color in autumn? Well, we have. As well as a group of scientists from Chicago area, USA. They are trying to find out what is the actual cause for all those vibrant yellow-orange-red-purplish colors that will warm up our eyes and our hearts in the following weeks. A team from Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, wants to know what stays behind this amazing natural phenomenon.

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11 Quotes by Sir David Attenborough that Will Give You Chills

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Time to Listen. Time to Understand. Time to Act!

We live in unprecedent times. Times that call for our awareness – as individuals and as a society. Times that will determine how our children and their children will live. How the whole planet will live. So, it is time… time to listen to those who want to help us see. To those who want to make us believe. To those who call us for action.

In a series of publications, we will share with you the inspiring, thrilling, eye-opening and sometimes hard to handle words by people who have dedicated their lives to natural world and its well-being. For it is determinative for the well-being of all of us...

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Sir David Attenborough Broke a World Record with His Instagram Debut

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"Our natural world is so much more than just "nice to have". It's fundamental to our survival."

It took Sir David Attenborough just 4 hours and 44 minutes to gather 1 mln. Instagram followers when he made his "social debut" last week! "The world is in trouble – says the world-known broadcaster. - Continents are on fire, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying, fish are disappearing from our oceans. The list goes on and on… But we know what to do about it, and that's why I'm tackling this new way of communication".

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Sir David Attenborough: “Our Planet Is Headed for Disaster!”…

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The author of the BBC series "Life", as well as "Planet Earth", "The Blue Planet", and many more, Sir David Attenborough, warns us: "Our planet Is headed for disaster!"…

The world-famous broadcaster and naturalist started traveling around the world to explore and film the beauty of nature when he was 28 years old. And he hasn't stopped doing this - for almost 70 years now!

The ambassador of World Wildlife Fund, awarded for his work with countless prizes, has made a new film - "A Life on Our Planet." He talked about it during his appearance on the CBS show "60 minutes" a few days ago. Back in 2002, Attenborough had his first interview on the program and he stated that in his documentaries he just wanted to show the natural world as is. That was the reason he stayed away from talking about climate change and natural catastrophe. Yet, less than two decades later, the 94-years old broadcaster, who studied geology and zoology before entering the sphere of film production, felt the urge to made the contrary statement. Loud and clear. 

"A crime against the planet has been committed... The living world is a unique and spectacular marvel. The way we, humans, live on Earth, is sending it into a decline. Human beings have overrun the world. We're replacing the wild with the tame... Our planet is headed for disaster." 

Despite this hard prognosis, Attenborough is positive that there is still time to turn the course around and save the Earth. The key to this lies in the total shift to renewable energy and the allover rejection of fossil fuel consumption. The key lies in our hands. The hands of all of us. Politicians, and ordinary people. Businesses and consumers. Everywhere on Earth. "The time has come to put aside national ambitions and look for an international ambition of survival… After all, this planet is all we have," reminds us Attenborough. And he is right…  

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