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28th May '16 10:20:54 PM nombretomado
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* In the PS1 game ''Submarine Commander'', the Earth experienced global warming so fast that the crew of the titular submarine doesn't realize it, and when they surface, it's all sea. The ending is even more absurd: [[spoiler: the inverse, global ''cooling'', happens just as fast, via '''satellite'''. It's so fast that after the final battle, your submarine that took catastrophic damage and was sinking, is rescued by water levels receding so fast that the submarine is stranded on top of high-rise buildings.]]

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* In the PS1 [=PS1=] game ''Submarine Commander'', the Earth experienced global warming so fast that the crew of the titular submarine doesn't realize it, and when they surface, it's all sea. The ending is even more absurd: [[spoiler: the inverse, global ''cooling'', happens just as fast, via '''satellite'''. It's so fast that after the final battle, your submarine that took catastrophic damage and was sinking, is rescued by water levels receding so fast that the submarine is stranded on top of high-rise buildings.]]
19th May '16 9:40:40 PM Eugine_Nier
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Climatologists nowadays more often use the term "climate change" rather than "global warming" as a broader term applied to ''all'' complex changes in the globe's climate, past, present, and future rather than a simple increase in "average worldwide" temperature--when one area gets warmer and drier, other may get colder and wetter as the oceanic and atmospheric conveyor belts that move heat around the planet shift location. Another term has also started coming up, "global weirding" which covers more or less the same place as "climate change."

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Climatologists nowadays more often use the term "climate change" rather than "global warming" as a broader term applied to ''all'' complex changes in the globe's climate, past, present, and future rather than a simple increase in "average worldwide" temperature--when one area gets warmer and drier, other may get colder and wetter as the oceanic and atmospheric conveyor belts that move heat around the planet shift location. Another term has also started coming up, "global weirding" which covers more or less the same place as "climate change."
" Skeptics and cynics might suspect that this is so that lack of warming won't falsify the theory.
18th Apr '16 2:27:40 PM Jhonny
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In fiction, the effects of global warming are often drastically exaggerated for the purposes of creating immediate drama. Everything within a thousand miles of the tropics becomes an inhospitable desert, with places like Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia becoming the last refuges of humanity. Massive tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires start striking all over the planet. Absurdly swift rises in the sea level rise are also fairly common, with fictional works frequently portraying [[GiantWallOfWateryDoom walls of water]] flooding all the coastal cities on the planet all at once rather than extremely gradually. A sea level rise of that magnitude necessitates the melting of most of the world's major ice sheets, something that would take decades in any realistic scenario. [[http://merkel.zoneo.net/Topo/Applet/ Here]] is a good app for demonstrating this point. Even the worst-case predictions for global warming don't involve any kind of sudden globally catastrophic event of the sort so popular in disaster movies, but rather a planet that gradually becomes less hospitable to human life. While global warming is often referred to as being rapid, that's "rapid" in geological terms. Compared to past cooling and warming trends (the ones that have brought Earth into and out of its past ice ages), a century-long gradual rise in temperature that substantially affects human life would be very rapid indeed.

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In fiction, the effects of global warming are often drastically exaggerated for the purposes of creating immediate drama. Everything within a thousand miles of the tropics becomes an inhospitable desert, with places like Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia becoming the last refuges of humanity. Massive tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires start striking all over the planet. Absurdly swift rises in the sea level rise are also fairly common, with fictional works frequently portraying [[GiantWallOfWateryDoom walls of water]] flooding all the coastal cities on the planet all at once rather than extremely gradually. A sea level rise of that magnitude necessitates the melting of most of the world's major ice sheets, something that would take decades in any realistic scenario. [[http://merkel.zoneo.net/Topo/Applet/ Here]] is a good app for demonstrating this point. Even the worst-case predictions for global warming don't involve any kind of sudden globally catastrophic event of the sort so popular in disaster movies, but rather a planet that gradually becomes less hospitable to human life. While global warming is often referred to as being rapid, that's "rapid" in geological terms. Compared to past cooling and warming trends (the ones that have brought Earth into and out of its past ice ages), a century-long gradual rise in temperature that substantially affects human life would be very rapid indeed.
12th Feb '16 5:58:42 AM Morgenthaler
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** The "educational film" is actually used in ''AnInconvenientTruth''. It helps that Gore's daughter is one of ''Futurama'''s writers.

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** The "educational film" is actually used in ''AnInconvenientTruth''.''Film/AnInconvenientTruth''. It helps that Gore's daughter is one of ''Futurama'''s writers.
25th Jan '16 8:44:48 PM DoctorCooper
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'''Note:''' This page is only for examples concerning the portrayal of global warming in fiction. With all due respect and sensitivity, RealLife examples ''need to be avoided''. Global warming as a rather controversial and politicized issue [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets has become]] pure FlameBait (especially in TheUnitedStates).

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'''Note:''' This page is only for examples concerning the portrayal of global warming in fiction. With all due respect and sensitivity, RealLife examples ''need to be avoided''. Global warming as a rather controversial and politicized issue [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets has become]] pure FlameBait (especially in TheUnitedStates).
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25th Jan '16 8:44:29 PM DoctorCooper
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'''Note:''' This page is only for examples concerning the portrayal of global warming in fiction. With all due respect and sensitivity, RealLife examples ''need to be avoided''. Since global warming as a rather controversial and politicized issue [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets has become]] pure FlameBait (especially in TheUnitedStates), [[ImplausibleDeniability No Real Life Examples Please]].

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'''Note:''' This page is only for examples concerning the portrayal of global warming in fiction. With all due respect and sensitivity, RealLife examples ''need to be avoided''. Since global Global warming as a rather controversial and politicized issue [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets has become]] pure FlameBait (especially in TheUnitedStates), [[ImplausibleDeniability No Real Life Examples Please]].
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9th Jan '16 3:43:30 PM LeeM
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** The characters in the movie think almost the solid land is gone, but there's never any proof that it's true...

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** The characters in the movie think almost all the solid land is gone, but there's never any proof that it's true...true...
*** ...except that with all the sailing they do, if more solid land existed somebody should have discovered it by accident.
3rd Oct '15 11:46:44 AM nombretomado
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* The HumongousMecha of ''{{Patlabor}}'' were originally developed to construct barrier dams to protect coastal cities from being flooded due to global warming. It's portrayed realistically insofar as the flooding is not catastrophic. In fact, it's merely a part of the background.

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* The HumongousMecha of ''{{Patlabor}}'' ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' were originally developed to construct barrier dams to protect coastal cities from being flooded due to global warming. It's portrayed realistically insofar as the flooding is not catastrophic. In fact, it's merely a part of the background.
23rd Sep '15 11:22:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''StateOfFear'' is all about the controversy over global warming. It is worth noting that it resembles the ''accusations'' of [[{{Scandalgate}} Climategate and Glaciergate]], but differs substantially in the details in that in the book, climate change as a whole is a hoax, whereas in the two 'gates, the greens insist that all it proves is that [[HanlonsRazor two scientists need better proofreading.]]

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* Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''StateOfFear'' ''Literature/StateOfFear'' is all about the controversy over global warming. It is worth noting that it resembles the ''accusations'' of [[{{Scandalgate}} Climategate and Glaciergate]], but differs substantially in the details in that in the book, climate change as a whole is a hoax, whereas in the two 'gates, the greens insist that all it proves is that [[HanlonsRazor two scientists need better proofreading.]]



* StephenBaxter puts an interesting twist on this in his ''NorthlandTrilogy'' where global warming and sea level rise causes masses of problems for the stone age tribes that lived in what was to become the North Sea 10000 years ago. This is of course the warming to the current global temperature and sea levels.

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* StephenBaxter Creator/StephenBaxter puts an interesting twist on this in his ''NorthlandTrilogy'' ''Literature/NorthlandTrilogy'' where global warming and sea level rise causes masses of problems for the stone age tribes that lived in what was to become the North Sea 10000 years ago. This is of course the warming to the current global temperature and sea levels.



* In the ''RedMarsTrilogy'' of KimStanleyRobinson, this is a background plot element (since most of the action takes place on Mars, naturally), although it becomes more prominent in the third volume when [[spoiler: the entire Antarctic ice cap melts, flooding large portions of the Earth]].

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* In the ''RedMarsTrilogy'' ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy'' of KimStanleyRobinson, this is a background plot element (since most of the action takes place on Mars, naturally), although it becomes more prominent in the third volume when [[spoiler: the entire Antarctic ice cap melts, flooding large portions of the Earth]].
23rd Sep '15 8:02:14 AM StFan
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* Appears in the CrapsackFuture of ''GiveMeLiberty'', with the streets of New York City turned into Venice-like water canals.

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* Appears in the CrapsackFuture of ''GiveMeLiberty'', ''ComicBook/GiveMeLiberty'', with the streets of New York City turned into Venice-like water canals.
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