As an organization that cares about the effects of the coal cycle on our environment, we're trying to get the word out about a particularly destructive form of underground coal mining called longwall mining. Not many people have heard of this mining method, but it's important to understand that longwall mining releases tremendous amounts of methane into the atmosphere. In the U.S. alone, the methane emissions per year from longwall coal mining equate to the pollution from over 5 million vehicles on the road. After you watch the videos below, please consider visiting our Longwall Mining Reform Campaign website, where you can find out more about this insidious threat to our environment.
1. "Why I must speak out about climate change" by James Hansen
DESCRIPTION: Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.
2. "Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss" by James Balog
DESCRIPTION: Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.
3. "New thinking on the climate crisis" by Al Gore
DESCRIPTION: Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act.
4. "Why we should trust scientists" by Naomi Oreskes
DESCRIPTION: Many of the world's biggest problems require asking questions of scientists -- but why should we believe what they say? Historian of science Naomi Oreskes thinks deeply about our relationship to belief and draws out three problems with common attitudes toward scientific inquiry -- and gives her own reasoning for why we ought to trust science
5. "The emergent patterns of climate change" by Gavin Schmidt
DESCRIPTION: You can't understand climate change in pieces, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It's the whole, or it's nothing. In this illuminating talk, he explains how he studies the big picture of climate change with mesmerizing models that illustrate the endlessly complex interactions of small-scale environmental events.