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National Geographic: Six Degrees Could Change the World (2008)

Alec Baldwin , Ron Bowman  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin
  • Directors: Ron Bowman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: National Geographic Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0012Q3T72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In a special broadcast event, National Geographic explores the startling theory that Earths average temperature could rise six degrees Celsius by the year 2100. In this amazing and insightful documentary, National Geographic illustrates, one poignant degree at a time, the consequences of rising temperatures on Earth. Also, learn how existing technologies and remedies can help in the battle to dial back the global thermometer.

In the 2004 eco-thriller The Day After Tomorrow, director Roland Emmerich dramatized the potential consequences of accelerated global warming. By combining stock footage with computer-generated imagery, the National Geographic special Six Degrees Could Change the World serves as a sort of nonfiction counterpoint. As NASA climate scientist James Hansen cautions, even two degrees Celsius represents a tipping point (from which there is no return). Based on Mark Lynas's Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet and narrated by Alec Baldwin, the program roams from the bushfire-ravaged suburbs of Southern Australia to the drought-stricken farmlands of Nebraska to the rapidly melting glaciers of Greenland. In the process, aerospace engineers, marine biologists, and ordinary citizens share their experiences and predictions. In the end, it's the actual events--rather than the speculative scenarios--that prove most alarming, like the 30,000 deaths that resulted from 2003's European heat wave. While a skeptic might dismiss that tragedy as a statistical anomaly, every continent bears the scars of climate change, like the deforestation of the Amazon and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. In order to inject some levity, Six Degrees detours to look at a British grape grower who has actually benefited from his country's drier environment and the carbon footprint involved in the creation of that all-American favorite, the cheeseburger (suffice to say, it's considerable). While some of the special effects are hokey--Hansen sitting at a floating desk, for example--the preponderance of compelling data helps to compensate for such lapses. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This is a spectacular piece of professional work and so compelling as to be inspirational.

I watched this with my wife with no lights, and decided to take no notes. Here are the highlights from my memory.

1) Brilliant, utterly brilliant, history, photography, personalities (such as the Indian guru that has photographed the source of the Ganges for 50 years) and sequencing. I don't want to overdo it, but this may well be the single most important DVD of the century, and so worthy of both buying, showing to groups, and giving as a gift to others.

2) We are well on our way to 2-3 degrees rise, and if we do not begin to act sensibly now, toward six degrees. I absolutely loved the way this film developed, showing the changes one degree at a time. My wife had to point out the computer simulations, the producers and editors of this film are world class--they should share the Nobel with Herman Daly, Lester Brown, Paul Hawkin, and Anthony Lovin, Gore's Nobel was an ill-advised politicized award, he is in the fourth grade compared to this film and the serious people it focused upon.

3) Oceans as the critical carbon absorbing element, and coral as the "canary in the coal mine" really grabbed me The overall screenplay, photography, voice overs, everything about this is spectacularly professional and rivieting.

4) Amazon as the next most critical element, with riveting views of the Amazon river drying up in 2005, and the potential scenarios of drought, fires, more drought.

5) Increasing destructiveness of weather. Katrina as the first of what could become every month storms, instead of 100 year storms.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars National security issue. April 15, 2008
It's a shame how militarists have so narrowly defined "national security" as an issue to focus us on war-making. But as ample evidence shows, we have security issues that involve building a sustainable economy, renewable energy, sensible transit, green architecture, new urbanism and much else.
I saw "Six Degrees" on the National Geographic Channel, and the author of the book was recently interviewed on C-SPAN's BookTV. As impactful as these media efforts have been, social change is being stalled by reckless voices on radio stations around the country (Limbaugh alone is on over 700 stations) who are misinforming millions of politically engaged people. These same people insist that we spare no expense when it comes to threats from foreign policy blowback, but they refuse to acknowledge the potential catastrophe of double-glazing the planet in carbon dioxide.
"Security" does not have to mean more profits for weapons contractors Why We Fight. Security can come to mean more profits for businesses that work on wind, solar, and tidal power; as well as efficiency and conservation innovations Sustainable Industries.
Many of our energy "needs" have actually been manufactured and marketed by industries that want to maximize the use of their commodity. Overcoming the "perception management" campaigns of those entrenched business interests is a daunting task, but so much progress has already been made that corporatists are increasingly desperate in their media efforts. The general public may not have PR firms funded by Exxon to advocate for their interests
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66 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars informative but questionable February 14, 2008
I think a break down of the ratings speak for themselve a bit.

One person put a 1 because they found it offensive(perhaps they don't like the idea of spending money to find an alternative to dumping their company's waste in the river.)

The other person put a 5 (perhaps they bought everything this propa-documentary said and hate selfish people that are too profit motivated or believe everything the powers that be try to sell them.)

Well I thought it was informative. But I also noticed some things that attempted to manipulated the viewers thoughts and opinions, like showing the nuclear plant's exhaust while talking about carbon dioxide and fossil fuels. That exhaust is water vapor from cooling towers, not smoke plumes.
Same with the catasrophic weather and katrina. Yes it was a catasrophic storm, but a lot of the suffering in N.O. was partly to blame on gross negligence of the powers that be.

I did notice it had high production values. Which is also what annoyed me with the manipulative information. If you are going to invest that much time and money into a film why do you have to shape the truth? Can't we ever get documentaries that are only moderately biased so that we can decide for ourselves? These films just fall on deaf ears to some and make others look like tin foil hat wearers. Integrity was compromised.

I still learned a lot however.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Degrees DVD April 2, 2009
I am a geography/earth science teacher. This DVD spells out in concrete terms what each degree of temperature increase means to us and planet Earth. It is a real eye opener.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love it
Published 17 days ago by A. Provin
4.0 out of 5 stars Well documented
Gives a good insight into the global warming problem the world is and will encounter in the next few decades. An eyeopener
Published 7 months ago by joseph a doublet
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying, but crucial that we know this
but it gets really tiresome, step by step, as we need more defense mechanisms... We ARE getting up there, and all the disasters predicted seem to be happening!
Published 15 months ago by KatrinMarx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Teaching Tool
I have used this movie in my Science classes since I purchased it when it was first released. Other teachers borrow my copy and this year I purchased another copy and donated it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by RUTHANN BROWN
2.0 out of 5 stars sensationalist
Not that I am a sceptic and do believe real suffering will occur especially in the next 20yrs. But I am annoyed at this film for crying wolf about 6 degrees since there will be... Read more
Published 19 months ago by .fgd
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth is scarier than predictions!
We used this documentary as the introduction to a weekend of programs about climate change, presented in our community planetarium, hoping to educate our audience and bring the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Monet
5.0 out of 5 stars HURRICANE SANDY
This movie has great hollywood style video and interviews of people all over the world shot on scene showing the climate changes happening in real time. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jane's Addiction
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
I ordered this video to show to my middle school science students. After reviewing it, however, I think I'll go with something else. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by science teacher
2.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in the science fiction section, not the documentary section
Since this documentary is so way-over the top, a few critical words about it.

If shows climate effects that are expected, by some scientists (though not all), to occur... Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Roger McEvilly (the guilty bystander)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to climate change
I've seen several videos and read several books on climate change, and this is the clearest explanation I've seen so far. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by Learner
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