Earth: The Biography - Atmosphere

(VIDEO) The atmosphere is Earth's protective layer, cloaking us in a warm, oxygen-rich embrace and shielding us from the cold hostility of space. It acts as a natural greenhouse, keeping the Earth 51 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it would otherwise be. Yet the atmosphere is also full of contradictions. It's immensely powerful but at the same time highly sensitive. It's destructive, yet it shelters us. It was created in part by the planet's first ... Full Story »

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Topics: Environment, Global Warming, Energy, Climate Change
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Posted by: Posted by Fabrice Florin - Jul 22, 2008 - 9:45 AM PDT
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by Fabrice Florin - Oct. 1, 2008

I highly recommend National Geographic's excellent TV series, Earth - The Biography, which provides in a compelling way many of the complex interactions which make life on earth possible. . This particular episode offers extensive factual evidence, supported by multiple authoritative sources, to help us better understand how global warming can impact our environment and society (see also the episode on Oceans for more info on that topic). I have learned more from these programs than I had originally expected. Though the host sometimes dramatizes his presentation to make it more accessible to a broad audience, I find his information to be very credible and consistent with other reports I have read on this topic.

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