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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Animated;  Released: 2006
Voices by: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, et al

This Ice Age 2: The Meltdown review written by Mark Jeantheau, Grinning Planet.

DVD cover for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Manny the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth, and Diego the Sabertooth Tiger return in this sequel to the 2002 hit Ice Age. This time around, the trio discover that the ice wall surrounding their valley is rapidly melting and will soon disgorge the massive body of water behind it. With their one chance of survival being a boat at the other end of the valley, the trio join the desperate exodus.

Viewers will likely perceive the main plot driver here to be a metaphor for modern-day global warming. But midway, the film takes the cheap way out by having one of the characters suggest the likely explanation for the melting ice is increased geothermal activity near the surface. (At that point, I half expected to see the characters wander past the Exxon-Mobil Tar Pits.) Regardless, the impact on animals of melting ice, rising waters, and flooding is show clearly enough here, albeit with the standard happy kid-movie ending.

But forget about the film's barely green creds; the slapstick action, funny dialogue, and lovable characters make Ice Age: The Melting very entertaining just as a movie. It's a worthy follow-up to the original.

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The Planetary Peril in the IPCC's Lowest-Common-Denominator Science — Thomas Goreau's doctorate is in biogeochemistry. He's an expert in areas such as coral reef science and global climate change. Two of the main points Goreau makes are that the IPCC's window of focus is much too narrow—most of the worst climate effects will be beyond its 100-year window—and its conclusions are so "lowest common denominator" that they are greatly underestimating both the data trends and coming impacts. He also says that the "350" goal is far too high—if we accept even that currently politically unattainable goal, we are doomed to a temperature increase of 17-20 degrees C. Goreau says atmospheric CO2 levels need to be rolled back to 260 ppm. He says the essential solution—mostly ignored by global leaders—is to put carbon back in the soil using practices such as biochar.
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GP comment:  Watch if you can—lots of good graphs. Tip o' the hat to Radio EcoShock for pointing out the Biodiversity for a Livable Climate conference videos.

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GP comment:  This dance doesn't include much climate apocalypso, but Oreskes ably lays out the inside-the-envelope view on climate status and action. In reality, any progress made on transitioning out of fossil fuels will come too slowly to make a difference in our future climate. But it will make a difference in many other environmental areas, so it's still worth doing.

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GP comment:  This is worth listening to because Klein does correctly identify several culprits in the current ecocidal ruling system—the financier class, excessive military spending, corporate hegemony, and the fossil-fuel-friendly political system—as barriers to doing anything real about climate change. But she's got it backwards: The climate crisis is not the threat that will unite people against those elite forces. Instead, uniting the masses to take back power from the elites and reestablish a fair economic system should be the stated political goal. That is Job 1, and trying to superimpose a divisive issue like climate on top of it is brainless.

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