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Congratulations! If you are watching this programme you must have survived the many calamities that have struck the Earth in 2015.
2015, THE YEAR THE EARTH WENT MAD
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The idea that climate change can cause earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or tsunamis seems, at first sight, to be outlandish. How can we confirm that the thin layer of gas that envelops our planet has an effect on the huge processes that take place deep beneath the Earth’s crust?
This year’s El Niño pattern is likely the most powerful on record and affects, like never before, weather around the world. This anomaly pushes cyclones out of their usual paths, changes the level of the sea in local areas and moves areas of precipitation and drought.
The year 2015 has seen extremely violent climactic and geological phenomena - earthquakes in Nepal, extreme drought in California, Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, a heatwave in Europe, the eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile and of Bardarbunga in Iceland.
Stunning 4K images shot in far flung and hostile corners of our planet, international experts and state of the art graphics decipher the secrets of our biosphere: the thin layers of rock and gas below and above our feet are seriously intertwined, responding to rapid changes.
Episode 1 : WHEN CLIMATE GETS MAD…
2015 will remain in climate archives as a tipping point – the point beyond which it is too late to stave off catastrophic global warming… For good reasons: the average temperature of our atmosphere has increased by 1°C since the industrial revolution… achieving half of the way towards the dangerous 2°C threshold.
We have already witnessed some extremely unusual climatic events: the worst Cyclone to hit Vanuatu Islands, the more eastern Hurricane ever (in Capo Verde), the worst forest fires in California and the most extreme temperatures in Western Europe on record, the worst El Nino phenomenon ever… to cite a few.
Are these events some tell-tale signs of what the future holds in store?
Episode 2 : … PLANET EARTH RESPONDS
Most of 2015 geological events have occurred in areas affected by a rapid melting of glaciers – the most sensitive indicator of climate change: the volcanic eruption of Bardarbunga in Iceland and Calbuco in Chile, and, the most lethal of all, Nepal’s earthquakes which killed more than 8 000 citizens.
The sheer weight of glaciers depresses the crust underneath them: unload them, and the crust rebounds…sometimes violently, creating volcanic eruption or earthquakes.
According to a panel of scientists, this so-called glacial isostatic adjustment is not limited to an upward rebound movement. Discover how it also involves horizontal crustal movements, changes in global sea level, inducing earthquakes and even changes in the rotational motion.
Are we currently waking the giant beneath our feet ?