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Videos and DVDs - Purpose of Page
This page lists a selection of our non-fiction titles about Climate Change and Global Warming. Additional e-videos can be found in the Films on Demand database. Students will need to sign into their account to access streaming content in the library's databases.
General Climate Change Videos (Physical and Streaming)
Years of Living Dangerously - Ice and Brimstone
In episode four of the series "Years of Living Dangerously", 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl travels to Greenland to investigate the effects of global warming in the Arctic; Down south, Ian Somerhalder travels to North Carolina to listen in on both sides of the evangelical community's debate over climate change. Somerhalder finds himself entrenched in the middle of not only a religious debate, but a familial one. The father: a megachurch preacher who doesn't believe in climate change. The daughter: an activist trying to shut down the local coal-fired power plant.
Years of Living Dangerously - The Surge
In episode three of the series "Years of Living Dangerously", MSNBC's Chris Hayes shadows a climate change skeptic, Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, for a year in Staten Island in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and questions what he might have learned about climate change in the process. In addition, conservationist M. Sanjayan travels to Christmas Island with a climate scientist who gathers thousands of years of temperature data from coral to determine whether El Nino has taken on unprecedented severity.
Years of Living Dangerously - The Winds of Change
In episode six of the series "Years of Living Dangerously", America Ferrera profiles prominent climate skeptic James Taylor of the Heartland Institute as he crusades against clean energy, and investigates the battle over the future of renewable energy in the US. New York Times columnist Mark Bittman returns to conduct a yearlong investigation into natural gas, which has been touted as "America's energy source" and a way towards a cleaner, greener future. Is it true?
The Power of Big Oil: Episode 1
The fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change. Part one of a three-part series tracing decades of casting doubt on the science, missed opportunities and the ongoing attempts to hold Big Oil to account. Distributed by PBS Distribution.
The Power of Big Oil: Episode 2
The fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change. Part two of a three-part series tracing decades of casting doubt on the science, missed opportunities and the ongoing attempts to hold Big Oil to account. Distributed by PBS Distribution.
The Power of Big Oil: Episode 3
The fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change. Part three of a three-part series tracing decades of casting doubt on the science, missed opportunities and the ongoing attempts to hold Big Oil to account. Distributed by PBS Distribution.
Can Humans Adapt to Climate Change?: A Debate
Rising temperatures, melting glaciers, massive floods—the dangers of climate change are "no longer over the horizon" and humanity may soon pass the "point of no return." These are the phrases that Secretary-General António Guterres of the United Nations used in a 2019 speech to describe what he called an "utterly inadequate" international response to global warming. Despite the calls of scientists, environmental advocates, and many world leaders to alter how we extract and consume resources, the global community has taken few concrete steps in the intervening years to address the issue. If climate change continues at its present pace, it will test and challenge humanity's capacity for adaptation and survival. Can humans adapt to climate change?
Ice on Fire
An eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis, Ice on Fire goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming. Narrated by producer and Oscar®-winner Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Leila Conners, who first collaborated with DiCaprio eleven years ago on The 11th Hour, the feature-length documentary focuses on cutting-edge research behind today’s climate science – and the innovations aimed at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, which could pave the way for a reduction in the global temperature rises and a benefit to the planet’s life systems. With sweeping cinematography of a world worth saving, Ice on Fire crossing the globe, from Norway to Alaska, Iceland to Colorado, Switzerland to Costa Rica to Connecticut to highlight the firsthand accounts of people at the forefront of the climate crisis, with insights from scientists, farmers, innovators and others, finding that while the risks and urgency may be higher than ever today, there are also greater opportunities for innovative solutions, offering a realistic but hopeful perspective on a key global issue that demands our attention.
Greedy Lying Bastards : How Industry has Shed Doubt on Climate Change Science
In GREEDY LYING BASTARDS, filmmaker and political activist Craig Rosebraugh, in association with Executive Producer Daryl Hannah, investigates efforts by oil industry interests, led by ExxonMobil and especially the Koch brothers, to fund skepticism of the scientific consensus on climate change. The film argues that this campaign is responsible for the failure to act on climate change. It covers "climate gate," arguing that this was a made up scandal and blaming it for the failure of Copenhagen talks. The film links the oil industry's efforts directly with the tobacco industry's campaign to convince people cigarettes aren't harmful.
James Hansen : Restoring the Earth's Energy Balance
This episode of The Green Interview features James Hansen, a preeminent scientist formerly with NASA who, in 1988 shocked the world with his research findings. In his testimony before U.S. Congress, he explained that his research had demonstrated that rising emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities were dramatically increasing the temperature of the global climate and had the potential to make the planet uninhabitable, not only for humans but for many other species. Hansen's testimony marked the beginning of widespread concern about climate change and he subsequently resigned from NASA to work fulltime on the climate change issue. He is now the Director of Climate Science and the Climate Science Awareness and Solutions program at Columbia University's Earth Institute. He is also a proponent of carbon fee and dividend, a system that would see the price of carbon reflect its true costs, encouraging the development of alternative energies, while the public would receive a dividend collected from the fossil fuel industry. He is also involved with Our Children's Trust, an organization involved in a landmark federal climate lawsuit against the U.S. government.
Being the change : a new kind of climate documentary by
In English with optional English and simplified Chinese subtitles; closed-captioned.
Summary: Alarmed by drastic changes in the Earth's climate systems, Peter Kalmus, author, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes. Ultimately, he slashed his climate impact to under a tenth of the US average and became happier in the process. Being the change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming.
Call Number: AV GE196 .K35 2017 DVD (Kent)
Publication Date: 2018
An inconvenient sequel : truth to power by
Ten years after the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power proves to be more relevant than ever today. Join former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his tireless fight, traveling around the globe to educate and inspire the next generation of climate champions. Eye-opening and alarming, this compelling follow-up shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.
Call Number: AV QC981.8.G56 I5334 2017 DVD (Downtown, North)
Publication Date: 2017
Years of Living Dangerously – The Complete Showtime Series by
Years of Living Dangerously – The Complete Showtime Series Winner of the 2014 Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series." This groundbreaking documentary event Showtime television series, executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub & Arnold Schwarzenegger, explores the human impact of climate change. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of top Hollywood movie makers with the reporting expertise of today's most respected journalists. This awe-inspiring series features Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, America Ferrera, Don Cheadle, Michael C. Hall, Olivia Munn, Ian Somerhalder, Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas L. Friedman and Arnold Schwarzenegger. YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY is "Compelling" (TIME), "Phenomenal" (Entertainment Weekly), and "Inspiring...the most important premiere of 2014!" (HuffPost Green). DISC ONE Episode 1: “Dry Season” (Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle and Thomas L. Friedman) Episode 2: “End of the Woods” (Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger) Plus Bonus Features for Episodes 1 & 2 DISC TWO Episode 3: “The Surge” (Chris Hayes and M. Sanjayan) Episode 4: “Ice & Brimstone” (Ian Somerhalder and Lesley Stahl) Plus Bonus Features for Episodes 3 & 4 DISC THREE Episode 5: “True Colors” (Olivia Munn and Mark Bittman) Episode 6: “Winds of Change” (America Ferrera and Mark Bittman) Plus Bonus Features for Episodes 5 & 6 DISC FOUR Episode 7: “Revolt, Rebuild, Renew” (Jessica Alba, Thomas L. Friedman and Chris Hayes) Episode 8: “A Dangerous Future” (Matt Damon, Michael C. Hall and Thomas Friedman) Plus Bonus Features for Episodes 7 & 8 DISC FIVE Episode 9: “Moving a Mountain” (Michael C. Hall, M. Sanjayan and Thomas L. Friedman) Plus Bonus Features for Episode 9 YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY was nominated for 2014 Emmys in the following categories: "Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series" and "Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming." The series won the 2014 Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.” Executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joel Bach, David Gelber and Daniel Abbasi.
Call Number: AV QC902.9 .Y437 2014 DVD (Kent)
Publication Date: 2014
Chasing Ice by
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Call Number: AV GB2514.S65 C495 2013 DVD (Downtown, Kent, South)
Publication Date: 2006
NASA Climate Science Videos
Videos Available at PBS and BBC
Fire in Paradise
A year after the devastating Camp Fire, FRONTLINE examines who’s to blame and why it was so catastrophic. With accounts from survivors and first responders, the documentary tells the inside story of the most destructive fire in California’s history, its causes and the impact of climate change.
War on the EPA
How Scott Pruitt went from fighting the Environmental Protection Agency to running it and rolling back years of policy.
Climate of Doubt
Four years ago, climate change was a hot issue and politicians from both sides seemed poised to act. Today public opinion on the climate issue has cooled considerably. Politicians either ignore it or proclaim their skepticism. What’s behind this massive reversal? FRONTLINE goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment to shift the direction of the climate debate.