Synopsis by Sean Hurley
In the six-part Climate and Man series, the producers of Films for the Humanities and Sciences deliver an in-depth exploration of the critical relationship existing between Earth's climate and the success or failure of every species existing on this planet. In Civilization and Climate, the producers of this series speculate on the probable climactic changes that lead to hominids descending from the trees to walk on two feet. Additionally, the mass migrations of populations are explored in the context of changes to the Earth resulting from significant changes in global climate. Historical examples of this type of phenomenon include the collapse of the Indus River civilization, the Viking settlement in Greenland, and Hitler's catastrophic decision to invade Russia in the winter of 1941 based on faulty weather forecasts.