Beautiful Islands

19 Jul

Global warming is real. If you’re still in denial, perhaps it is a good idea for you to watch the most recent documentary from Japanese director Tomoko Kana– Beautiful Islands.

Kana takes us to three beautiful islands heavily affected by climate change; Tuvalu in the South Pacific, Venice in Italy, and Shishmaref in Alaska.

Beautiful Islands is now playing in New York City and will premiere in Los Angeles, CA on July 23rd. For more information on when it will be showing in your city, visit their official website.

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7 Responses to “Beautiful Islands”

  1. rogerthesurf July 19, 2010 at 2:48 am #

    I don’t get it. Your blog says several times that these islands are SINKING.
    Whats that got to do with climate change?



    This account of the “sinking” in the Maldives may be of some interest.

    Check on pg 34 (Last Paragraph) where he talks about Tuvalu


  2. Andrew July 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    What I don’t get is Roger’s comment above says you say ‘sinking’ several times in the blog, yet i haven’t found it used once except in his comment. It’s as if the word ‘sinking’, like Roger’s assertions/integrity, are disappearing…

    • rogerthesurf July 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm #


      Check out the links given in the blog.

      Its true I should have said “the links in your blog”



  3. gypsyrhapsody July 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Hi Roger. Perhaps a better word for you is “flooding” or “drowning” rather than “sinking”. The official website clearly states how this film is about the effect of climate change on these three islands. You can either accept or deny climate change as a reality. This is an open forum and all ideas are welcome. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • rogerthesurf July 20, 2010 at 5:59 am #

      Correct, there is a big difference between the meaning of the words sinking, flooding or drowning.
      I think the word the website should use is inundation, which is what I think they mean.

      However the reason for that inundation could be sinking, as many land masses move because of tectonic plate movement or for other reasons.

      However I hope you read the above links especially the one by Professor Morner who is still the world’s top expert on sea levels.

      Yes I believe in climate change, but once again you are ambiguous. Do I believe the current climate change is caused by CO2? Definitely NO on that one, but I do have an open mind and am always ready to look at any evidence.

      Do I think the ocean level is rising? Well like Prof Morner says, apart from the difficulty in distinguising between sinking land vs rising water levels what we hear is a lot of hype.
      The only way the sea level can change is if the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps melted seriously, and to do that there would need to be prolonged periods above freezing and a time lag of several thousand years.
      Melting pack ice is absolutely irrelevant.

      Enjoy the links



  4. Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks. July 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Thanks for the tip on the film.


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