Synopsis by Sean Hurley
In the six-part Climate and Man series, producers 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 the planet. In Global Warming the catastrophic effects of the increasing levels of greenhouse gases are examined. Experts examine the available historical information to track the rising mean temperature on the planet while considering the effects this warming might eventually create. Imagine rising ocean levels from the melting of the polar ice caps leaving low-lying coastal areas under water, droughts in traditionally fertile areas, and increased rain and flooding in areas traditionally dry. Historically, the Earth could accommodate these changes as populations would just pick up and move to the proverbial greener pastures, today -- with the exploding world population -- this is no longer possible.