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Gore movie opens Friday

Amanda Fehd

Tahoe’s premiere scientist Charles Goldman has thrown his support behind Al Gore’s movie showcasing global warming’s impacts on the Earth.

“It’s an important wake-up call for the public that things are changing,” Goldman said.

“An Inconvenient Truth” will open Friday at Heavenly Village Cinemas in South Shore.

Whether global warming is human-caused or a natural cycle, Goldman said “our changing environment is going to bring massive and sometimes catastrophic change to the quality of life in many places of the world. Gore’s film is a dramatic presentation of reality.”

Goldman was the first scientist to document Lake Tahoe’s declining clarity in the late 1950’s and later lobbied then governors Paul Laxalt of Nevada and Ronald Reagan of California to create a bi-state agency to govern development and protect the lake.

Goldman and his colleagues have documented several impacts from global warming in Tahoe. The lake’s average temperature has increased 1 degree in the last 30 years, causing increased algae growth. New data is showing night temperatures here have risen more than day temperatures, a classic case of greenhouse gases preventing nighttime cooling, Goldman said.

About 90 percent of movie critics around the country have rated “An Inconvenient Truth” positively, according to movie review Web site RottenTomatoes.com, which looked at 116 reviews from newspapers, Web sites and magazines.

Heavenly Village Cinema general manager Scott Hawkins said he brought the movie to Tahoe at the request of a resident.

“We would love to do more films like this, so hopefully there will be a good turnout,” he said. “With summer and July 4th here, I hope it does well.”

The documentary lays out a grisly scene of possibilities resulting from Earth warming. Graphic slides display events that have already happened because of warming: disappearing glaciers, the melting of Greenland, the cracking of the Arctic ice shelf.

“Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb,” says the movie’s Web site, http://www.climatecrisis.net. “If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.”

If you go

“An Inconvenient Truth”

Playing at Heavenly Village Cinemas (530) 544-1110

Starts Friday at 11 a.m. Schedule will be as follows for at least one week: 11 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Sierra Nevada Alliance will host a discussion of the movie. Time and date to be determined. Call (530) 542-4546 for more information.


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