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Weather Gone Wild
Surviving a World of Superstorms

From floating neighborhoods to massive harbor floodgates, cities around the world are engineering ways to cope with extreme weather events.

A printer-friendly version of this page 43 minutes
SDH Captioned>>

Directed by Melanie Wood
Produced by Sue Ridout
Written by Helen Slinger & Melanie Wood
Narrated by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Written by Helen Slinger, Melanie Wood
Editor: Tim Wanlin
Director of Photography: John Collins
Music: Graeme Coleman
Produced by Dreamfilm Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Association

"[A] rollicking rollercoaster survey of the serious weather challenges ahead: flooding, storm surge, and drought." Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Univ.of Wisconsin
Violent stormy weather is a natural outcome of climate change and a warmer planet. WEATHER GONE WILD is about changing the way we live in order to survive a world of superstorms.

WEATHER GONE WILD explores recent extreme weather events and the scientific projections of what we can expect over the next few decades. What can we do to give ourselves the best chance of protecting our homes and families from the weather's devastating effects?

The documentary travels to New York, Miami, Toronto, Calgary and Rotterdam to detail the dangers of the destructive new weather patterns, and shows the innovative plans in each city trying to engineer their way to a safer future. Everything from farming to the insurance industry to building codes will have to change. How can -- and must -- the average citizen adapt their life to Weather Gone Wild?

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2015     Copyright Date: 2014
DVD ISBN: 1-94154-543-2

"Weather Gone Wild is a rollicking rollercoaster survey of the serious weather challenges ahead: flooding, storm surge, and drought. The film shows that extreme weather events associated with climate change don't mean the end of the world, but that they will require rapid, dramatic adaptation while providing enormous opportunities for human ingenuity."
Paul Robbins, Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Author, Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction

"Highly Recommended...An excellent overview of the weather extremes we have been experiencing in recent years and will likely continue to experience. The solid reporting in the documentary makes it difficult to deny that global warming is not having an adverse effect on the weather and points up the need to provide resources and planning for future habitations along the ocean shore and in drought zones."
Cliff Glaviano, Educational Media Reviews Online

"If educators are looking for a film to use in formal or informal settings on climate change that is not caught up with whether climate change is real - but rather what we need to do to mitigate it - this is one of, if not the best resources they could use...I would highly recommend this film."
Brian Day, Applied Environmental Education and Communication Journal

"Balanced...The breadth and depth of this timely video would be useful in science and social studies classes, particularly environmental science courses and in discussions of causes and consequences of political unrest."
Cynthia Ortiz, Hackensack High School, School Library Journal

"Weather Gone Wild is a fast paced and informative film...One of the best parts of this film is that it could be used to introduce different STEM concepts into a science classroom...The film's pace and fascinating examples will keep students' attention throughout the entire show...Teachers could use the film to help students to understand the range of challenges that must be dealt with when solving any major environmental and societal problem."
Thomas Brown, NSTA Recommends

"Moral: extreme weather is now an omnipresent fact of life, and both policy and urban design must adapt or else. A sobering documentary about the challenges of extreme weather...Recommended."
C. Cassady, Video Librarian

"Dramatic video coverage...Provide[s] a frightening look at the effects of climate change we are already experiencing. Flooding in Calgary, Superstorm Sandy in New York, and high tide and sea-level rise in Florida are already having their impacts...How cities, states and nations will respond, adapt, or suffer in the future are all integrated into this engaging and timely film."
Dr. Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz

"This film makes the urgent need for climate adaptation accessible with a focus on extreme weather events and related issues of homeownership and urban planning in North America...Some attention is also given to the global context: the reality of climate change includes social injustices suffered by people in poor, developing countries under conditions caused primarily by the rich, developed countries."
Allen Thompson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University, Co-Editor, Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change

"This film would be helpful in a college or masters level classroom to help students understand the climate change problems facing us and their very real threat to each of our lives, and to not just leave it there, but to also focus on solutions at a multitude of scales...Weather Gone Wild could also be shown by community groups or presented to government agencies looking for mitigation strategies."
Cherice Bock, Whole Terrain Journal

"[Weather Gone Wild] succeeds in enriching viewers' understanding of the complex and dynamic interconnections between climate changes and public administration. In addition, it provides lessons that those currently in charge of public administration would do well to take notice of. It is highly recommended watching. Scholars, students, and public audiences will find this documentary an engaging and provocative work."
Kai Chen, Science Books and Films

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