Environmental Issues in “The Day After Tomorrow”
By: Daniela Palazuelos

Environmental issues, as well as the big “Green” word, seem to be one of the most talked about topics in the newspapers andnews. More so, this critical state the world has come to, has hit the big screen in documentaries and even as action blockbusters. In 2006, the multi-million production “The Day After Tomorrow” wasreleased to a five hundred million potential viewers all over the U.S.
Directed by Ronald Emmerich, “The Day After Tomorrow”, is the story about a climatologist who tries to save the world and his son’slife from the drastic climate change and beginning of a new ice age. This movie starts with a huge ice crack in Antarctica, never thinking that this would trigger the worst of fear in human kindcaused by global warming and the growing of the Greenhouse Effect (Solomon and Manning). As extreme weather, such as tornados, hurricanes, and tsunamis, start hitting the north part of the hemisphere,including New York City where the plot takes place. People start fleeing south, as many are caught in the storm of it all.
The main source of this problem, caused mainly by humans, is the GreenhouseEffect. The same we have heard since we were young by our teachers. Who with passion, try to make children understand what they are to face in their future if no change is done. The Greenhouse Effect isthe heating of the earth’s surface by gasses stuck in the atmosphere. These are called greenhouse gases and they release infrared radiation. But these gases stuck in the atmosphere are not bad, buthelp the Earth maintain warm climate. This prevents us from getting very cold temperatures or drastic changes at night or in winter, that is when the sun in not shining. The problem is the AGW or theanthropogenic global warming which is the human contribution to an excess of the greenhouse gases.
The greenhouse effect was first discovered in 1824 by Joseph Fourier, being followed by other... [continua]

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