“GEOSTORM” Movie Shows Climate Engineering As Global Disaster 1

 

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After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

7/10/2017, By Jim Thorpe – Source

It’s been a tough week for the climate: because President Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accords altogether, the remaining countries at the G20 political summit were forced to cobble together a ‘G19’ statement. If that actionleft you wondering about the future of our environment, New York Magazine has a few answers: the magazine’s new cover story features dozens of scientists speaking off the record to give us an honest idea of what they believe will happenif we don’t get moving on global warming. Their answers are chilling: raging floods, refugee populations in the hundreds of millions, and large segments of the planet rendered uninhabitable. But before you lose hope entirely, know that scientists are working on ways to reverse climate change and combat some of the problems it’s causing, from the rising ocean acidity levels to toxic soil.

Of course, many of these ideas are largely theoretical or have only been tested in the short-term — for instance, ocean fertilization, which hypothesizes that putting a huge amount of fertilizer into the sea will feed algae and in turn absorb CO2 from the air, has yielded great immediate gains, but it’s completely unclear what it does over the long term. And many of the ideas — like the 2016 discovery that rainforest soil could be turned into valuable crop fields via an ancient West African technique that uses charcoal and kitchen waste — are more about helping people cope as best they can in a changing world than they are about reversing the horrific damage of climate change. However, others are hoping to tackle the consequences at their heart, and they while some of them sound like incredible long shots, they may also be our best shots.

You know something has captured the public imagination when they make a disaster movie about it: Geostorm, an upcoming disaster thriller, is based around the idea of climate engineering, in which humans take direct control of weather events (in the film’s case, through satellites, one of which goes rogue). In this case, truth is stranger than fiction — because in reality, various geo-engineers believe that lasers could be used to cool the planet and dispel the levels of greenhouse gases, mostly by being fired into the air at immense heights.

So how might lasers be able to help the environment? Some scientists theorize that in the future, they may be used to attempt to shift cloud structures by making them thicker. Blasting certain cloud particles into smaller pieces makes them more reflective; this would cause more sunlight to be reflected back into space, rather than shining down to earth.

But this method also has risks, because thicker clouds may also enclose more CO2. Fortunately, there’s a laser for that too; other geoengineers have proposed firing lasers from space at greenhouse gases to break them up into less harmful materials.

But people haven’t exactly been jumping all over themselves to mount laser satellites. In 2016, Finnish scientists declared that the current state of science makes geo-engineering with lasers a bit too tricky to try, because we have no idea what the domino effects on food yields would be, and it would be horrendous to start laser treatment on the world’s face and then suddenly have to stop it. Even Americans with charming movie-star grins and a hefty dose of derring-do probably couldn’t stop the ensuing chaos.

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Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “300”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Daniel Wu (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Warcraft: The Beginning”), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (“The Hours,” “Apollo 13”) and Andy Garcia (“The Godfather: Part III”).

Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; with Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom. The film also stars Adepero Oduye (“The Big Short,” “12 Years a Slave”), Amr Waked (“Lucy,” “Syriana”), Robert Sheehan (“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Season of the Witch”) and Eugenio Derbez (“Instructions Not Included”).

The film, written by Dean Devlin & Paul Guyot, is being produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Devlin, and Skydance’s Dana Goldberg. Herbert W. Gains and Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin are the executive producers. Rachel Olschan of Electric Entertainment and Cliff Lanning co-produce.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Roberto Schaefer (“Finding Neverland,” “Quantum of Solace”), production designer Kirk M. Petruccelli (“White House Down”), costume designer Susan Matheson (“The Big Short,” “Safehouse”) and VFX supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun (“Clash of the Titans,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still”).

A Warner Bros. Pictures and Skydance presentation, “Geostorm” is a joint venture between Skydance and Electric Entertainment, Inc. Set to hit theaters October 20, 2017, it will be distributed in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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