It’s real, it’s us, the risks are serious, and the window of time to prevent widespread dangerous impacts is closing fast.

WGBH Boston has produced an outstanding episode of NOVA about climate change. It’s realistic, it doesn’t give “equal time to idiots,” and it highlights the prospect of realistic solutions without soft-pedalling the problems. Definitely worth a watch.

This post’s title is a quote from Katharine Hayhoe, which is included in the show.

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29 responses to “It’s real, it’s us, the risks are serious, and the window of time to prevent widespread dangerous impacts is closing fast.

  1. Sadly, I get “We’re sorry, but this video is not available in your region due to right restrictions.” I will console myself by watching Sir Bb watson’s speech to the AGU in 2012. https://youtu.be/Yaf0DGVAJAg

    • Aldo A. Bertozzi-Sibler

      … “We’re sorry, but this video is not available in your region due to right restrictions.”
      Hi Geoff
      Don’t be sorry! Try a trustworthy VPN and you’ll
      avoid such restrictions by using an [free] VPN like >protonvpn.com< and login to one of [free] US-addresses. ;-)

    • I get this message when my VPN is connected to a Canadian server, but if I connect to a US server, I get the video.

  2. Geoff–I had the same message, but this version on youtube works for me (Canada). I don’t know how long it’ll stay up though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pdWDKVH5OA

    • Martin Smith

      I have used this, when my cable/online subscription services don’t provide access to something I want to see: https://sguru.org/watch-series-unblocked/

      It’s a bit tricky to use, and more than a bit annoying to get past all the unwanted popup tabs, but I figure if I can’t stream a video by paying for it, then I will use streaming by other means.

  3. does this work where you are?

    • Sadly, no. “This video contains content from PBS, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”

      • Aldo A. Bertozzi-Sibler

        It works from a foreign contry perfectly with VPN connection to a local US-server. ;-)

    • Thanks charlie, but here in UK the message your video link provides remains “This video contains content from PBS, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.” It is the same as BBC programmes on the net that are blocked for folk your side of the pond.

    • Nope… :-(

      I did, however, catch most of it ‘live’ on PBS, and I concur that it is unusually well done.

      Now we just need a way to link to it and spread the word!

    • No, I get “This video contains content from PBS, who has blocked it on copyrights grounds”

  4. Well made, factual documentaries are great – I will watch this one if I can get access – but I would love to see a comprehensive one (or series) done in collaboration with organisations like US National Academies of Sciences or UK’s Royal Society, with an aside of supporting documentation.

    I think that whilst working scientists should follow that Royal Society motto – “Take no one’s word for it” – for communicating with non-scientist communities at large, it is both correct and effective to rely on appeals to genuine and competent “authority”. Especially should such a documentary demonstrate the process of scientists taking no-one’s word for it.

  5. “We’re sorry, this video is not available in your region due to rights restrictions” :(

  6. :-( Already gone.

    This business model is really bad for the rest of the planet. I know and support PBS, but when something is as important as this is there really has to be something better than “unavailable”. I’d be happy to PAY for it, but that isn’t possible.

    Someone has to ransom the broadcast rights for the whole country in order for it to play? Someone OWNS
    me as a consumer so I can’t buy the video until I’ve been sold? The way this works is enough for me to want the people responsible tarred and feathered. Much as I like PBS.

  7. None of these work in Germany. I’m officially annoyed. This is too important to quibble about rights for a couple of musical sound bites (which most likely is the root of the problem).

  8. I would change the wording “the window of time to prevent widespread dangerous impacts is closing fast” to “slow responses and delays will increase the dangerous impacts we will experience”

    There is no window of time available to prevent dangerous impacts. There is only the increase of dangerous impacts as the CO2e sat numbers continue to rise.

    But, good to see any warming warning science shows make it to the screen. Maybe if we tie the response to nationalism we can move the needle? How about “only the greatest country in the world can lead the planet to safety from the threat of global warming”?

    Scientists need to think in memes and the depth of message and meaning in the way they structure their announcements and this is not what scientists have traditionally been good at.

    But, it should be fine. We have turned a corner. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s morning in America!

  9. I was able to bring it up on the NOVA site. Had to confirm my local PBS station and reload Adobe Flash, but no big problem. Also, I realize that I caught less of it than I though–it’s a 2-hour show.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/decoding-weather-machine.html

  10. Dan & Charlie. Thanks – but I missed it.

  11. I watched the documentary on my local PBS station KQED wednesday night.
    I thought it was well done, especially considering what a big subject it is.
    Probably the best way to see it is contact you local PBS station, or maybe go to their website, and find out when they are scheduled to show it next.
    New programs are usually repeated after the first showing, at least at KQED, in the SF Bay area.

  12. Sorry Charlie does not work in Australia:-((

  13. Greg Simpson

    Did we watch the same video? I found it riddled with misleading statements and even one arguable error. Of course, the main goal is to convince people, and judging by the reaction here many will find it convincing. So, good enough, I guess. I really don’t expect more from NOVA.

    (As I agree with the overall message of the video, nothing would be accomplished by detailing my reservations.)

  14. Off topic, but April 23 is the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Mann et al Hockey Stick paper. https://www.nature.com/articles/33859

  15. richard pauli

    “.. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.”

  16. Sorry does not work in the UK either. :-/

  17. ‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/26/were-doomed-mayer-hillman-on-the-climate-reality-no-one-else-will-dare-mention