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Oblivious to oblivion

Center spread in The Sun no less. Good exposition to The Age of Stupid:

“What this film shows is well within the range of mainstream scientific forecast.

We are talking about 2055, by which time we could have seen 2°C or more of warming. This is certainly enough to have very dramatic effects on the entire planet. The Greenland ice sheet would melt entirely at a sustained period of temperature rise above 2°C.

That is without considering things like tipping points — which might come when we no longer have an Amazon rainforest or when southern Europe is no longer inhabitable because of high temperatures.

In different parts of the world there could be many different impacts but lots of areas could be rendered unliveable with just a degree or two of warming from now.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made the prediction in 2001 of between 1.4 and 5.8°C rise by the end of the century.

The film is set 46 years in the future, so while we are on a slightly accelerated track for The Age Of Stupid, it puts it within the limits of what we might expect.

Of course, we could have chosen the year 2300 — but most people would have simply said, ‘Who cares?’.

In stark scenes, the docudrama fuses real footage into the film’s story. It is already being hailed as the “new” An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s award-winning 2006 “global warning” flick.

Postlethwaite’s character tells the camera: We could have saved ourselves... but we didn’t.

It’s like looking through binoculars, observing people on a far-off beach, fixated at the small area of sand under their feet as a tsunami races towards the shore.

Postlethwaite plays the founder of a global archive located in the now melted Arctic. It houses the contents of every museum and has every digital broadcast ever made.

He regretfully recounts how humans brought the world to its knees, replaying news reports and interviews with experts of today. The film recounts the real-life story of British wind farmer Piers Guy.

Piers has battled in vain to turn the nation on to wind-power in the face of placard-waving locals in Bedford. These protesters have persuaded the local council to refuse planning permission for turbines, ludicrously claiming on camera that “they give off a hypnotic hum. Footage in the film shows desperate Piers saying: If people knew the true impact they would be treating this like a war.”

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