Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Now on PBS:
“Plan B” provides a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable resources as well as strategies to avoid the growing threat of climate change.
As prices rise, oil insecurity deepens,
and concerns about carbon emissions cast a shadow over the future of fossil fuels, wind, solar,
and geothermal energy are replacing fossil fuels at a pace and on a scale previously unimagined.

Hosted by Matt Damon, "Journey to Planet Earth" is a current PBS series that explores the fragile relationship between people and the world they inhabit. The series is designed to help viewers cope with the complexities of developing an agenda to deal with the most important environmental issues of the 21st century. 

Through an interdisciplinary approach, these programs reach beyond the physical sciences and draw connections to politics, economics, sociology, and history.

The series is produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Marilyn & Hal Weiner of Screenscope Films in association with South Carolina ETV.


Nature Is Speaking

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, and Robert Redford all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and then Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, and Robert Redford all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and then take action

The Mountain ~ Video by Terje Sorgjerd

Take a break from your everyday life and enjoy this video voyage:

Terje Sorgjerd:
“This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain’s highest mountain (3718 m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world’s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.”

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

(CNN) —
Total lunar eclipse gives heavenly show
By Ed Payne, CNN
December 21, 2010 7:37 a.m. EST

The total lunar eclipse lasted about three and a half hours, starting as a partial eclipse about 1:33 a.m. ET and finishing at 5:01 a.m. ET, according to NASA.
As a coincidence, the eclipse fell on the same date as the 2010 winter solstice. The last lunar eclipse to happen on the day of the winter solstice was in 1638.
“For eclipse watchers, this means that the moon will appear very high in the night sky, as the solstice marks the time when Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun,” NASA said.

The most recent lunar eclipse occurred June 26.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth lines up between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays and casting its shadow on the moon, according to NASA. As the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow, it appears to change color, turning from gray to orange or deep red.
The new color stems from indirect sunlight that passes through Earth’s atmosphere and casts a glow on the moon, NASA said.
“Our atmosphere filters out most of the blue colored light, leaving the red and orange hues,” the agency said.

Lunar eclipses differ from their solar counterparts, as no special equipment is needed for viewing.

Tuesday was the last chance for those in the continental United States to see a total lunar ecllipse until April 15, 2014, according to NASA.

CNN’s Emmanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

Time lapse video of Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse on December 21, 2010 from 1:10 AM EST (6:10 GMT) to 5:03 AM EST (10:03 GMT) from Gainesville Florida. Music is Claude Debussy Nocturnes: Sirènes.