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Before the Flood – a message for humanity

How could we stop or at least reduce climate change? In the documentary Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio interviewed personages such as Barack Obama, Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis, as well as committed activists working to save Earth at the local and the global level.

“We can no longer turn a blind eye to the issue of climate change. We are at a crucial moment where if we don’t act now, we will forever pay the price. (...) My hope is that this film provides a global wakeup call about our inevitable fate should we fail to act,”

said Fisher Stevens, director of the documentary.

National Geographic premiered the documentary about global warming, Before the Flood, on 30 October 2016.

Video: YouTube/National Geographic
Further information: Reuters

Extreme weather threatens more people than wars

Almost seven million people were forced to leave their homes by extreme weather events around the world during the first half of this year, which promises one of the most catastrophic years ever in that respect – reports the International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IMDC), an international centre headquartered in Geneva that tracks internal displacements worldwide.

Torrential rains in Spain

A massive storm hit the south-eastern part of Spain in the middle of September: the storm has caused some fatalities, and many people were caught in their cars carried away by rising waters. More than five thousand people had to be evacuated from their homes, roads and railway bridges were closed off and a number of rivers have flooded their banks.

Hurricanes likely to intensify with climate change

Dorian has gone down in history as the most destructive hurricane of all times, but experts warn that global warming is expected to keep increasing the number of very intense, category 4 and 5 hurricanes in the near future.

New island appears in Svalbard as a result of global warming

Tiny islands have emerged from under the retreating ice sheets before, but Brageneset, with its 10 square kilometre area, is a special case.

Sweden’s former tallest mountain touched by climate change

24 metres of the southern peak of Kebnekaise has melted off over the last fifty years.

Historic devastation: images about nature’s ruthlessness

A seven metre-tall coastal surge, winds raging at 300 km/h. The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Bahamas has left tremendous devastation in its wake.

At war with water: the climate refugees of Oceania’s Pacific Islands

A large part of the Oceania’s Pacific Islands, population ten million, could become uninhabitable by the end of the century, and the rising level of the ocean is already having a devastating effect on the lives of island dwellers in the region.

Rising sea levels threaten the infrastructure of the Internet

In the coastal regions of the United States, water is endangering thousands of kilometres of underground optical cables.

Hundreds of millions could lose their homes due to climate change by 2100

The UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that if the planet’s average temperature increased by up to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, about 280 million people worldwide may have to flee their homes due to flooding.

Flash flooding batter Madrid

Arganda del Rey in the Madrid region was hit by a powerful hailstorm on 26 August. Extreme weather caused massive flooding: roads were turned into rivers, and even an operating room of a local hospital was flooded.

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