NASA’s 1975 Environmental Film “Pollution Below” 16:9

Pollution Below presents stories of three widely separated people who are caught up in situations caused by unexpected pollution. Further reading: Industries like steel mills emit particles that act as ice-forming nuclei (a particle which acts as the nucleus for the formation of an ice crystal) into the atmosphere. These may encourage snowstorms. The…

Dust Bowl Film Rain for the Earth (1937) 16:9

The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s. Social and economic wastes resulting from continued drought in the midwestern dust bowl and efforts of the federal government in attempting to…

An introduction to Permafrost

A brief introduction to permafrost, including newer findings.

National Park Service
Mariama Dryak
Zachary Richter
SWIPA 2017
Vladimir Romanovsky

Climate Change in the Arctic


Teaser image International Permafrost Association

The Future of Energy (1993)

This historic film outlined 25 years ago an assessment of emerging energy resources, and also mentions briefly solar and wind power. This film discusses energy development in light of global warming. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. Production: United States Geological Survey Digitization Date: 1996; Digitizing Organization: Carnegie Mellon University…

An introduction to Methane Hydrates

This lecture was held in 2008 by Scripps Institution of Oceanography geochemist Miriam Kastner. This version has been slightly edited.

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Methane clathrate

Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum –

Teaser image credit: Yannis Papanastasopoulos on Unsplash

Music by WOWSound, “Tree of Life”.

Earthwatch a historic disaster documentary

Extreme weather events and other disasters, and what to do were discussed in the late 50s and 70s, including the consideration of climate change (1958), or more broadly pollution (1972). This short presents a compilation of historic disaster documentary style film footage. Climate Change 1958: The Bell Telephone Science Hour Your Chance to Live:…

How the U.S. and Russia teamed up on Climate Change

After the Cold War, climate change was the driving force behind unusual political cooperation between secret services in the United States and in Russia. This documentary tells of unknown research projects, but also of surprising friendships.

Permafrost may release largest Mercury source on Earth

There are 32 million gallons worth of mercury, or the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools, trapped in the permafrost. For context, that’s “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and oceans combined. And it could be released. Ambarchik: Research on permafrost at the Siberian arctic coast Permafrost…

Energy consumption Bitcoin vs Banking System

The highest estimates for Bitcoins annual terawatt hours consumption is 28.67. This means, more than 3 times more efficient than a very conservative calculation of the cost of the global banking system. Carlos Domingo: The Bitcoin vs Visa Electricity Consumption Fallacy Jonathan Koomey gets quoted in the Washington Post, and other estimates Highest…

Cryptocurrency Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin on Climate Change

After Bitcoin, Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency in the world, with a market capitalization of over $100 billion. In December 2017 Buterin briefly addressed energy consumption of Ethereum mining, and what he plans to change the issue. Discuss (Dec 10,2017) Vitalik Buterin – Lays Out Ethereum 2.0 Roadmap In Taiwan Ethereum Proof-of-stake…

Richard Alley: Science works…science helps us!

Presidential Forum keynote speaker Richard Alley, renowned glaciologist and climate scientist, at the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Eminent geologist and ace science communicator Richard Alley (Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University) addressed a rapt audience of hundreds in Austin, Texas, on Sunday at the 98th Annual Meeting of the…