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Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands (review)

Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands (review) Media Reviews Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands. 57 minutes, v h s, color, 2000. Director: Andrea Torrice. Producer: Andrea Torrice in association with the Independent Television Service and Pacific Islanders in Communications. Distributor: Bullfrog Films. us$250. In an introductory clip a Marshall Islander comments, "It is very difficult for someone living in the United States to grasp the fact that if the sea level rises just a few feet our whole nation will disappear." This comment, and the timing of the video's release, leave little room for doubt why the video was produced and who is the principal target audience--the American public and, especially, its negotiators at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in the Hague late last year. However, despite this and many other efforts to raise public and political awareness in advance of that meeting, no accord was reached. The same incredulity and despondency the video depicts was generated following the negotiations the previous year in Bonn, in stark contrast to the optimism portrayed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio and the subsequent backslapping and hugging of the world leaders http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 14 (1) – Jan 1, 2002

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Media Reviews Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands. 57 minutes, v h s, color, 2000. Director: Andrea Torrice. Producer: Andrea Torrice in association with the Independent Television Service and Pacific Islanders in Communications. Distributor: Bullfrog Films. us$250. In an introductory clip a Marshall Islander comments, "It is very difficult for someone living in the United States to grasp the fact that if the sea level rises just a few feet our whole nation will disappear." This comment, and the timing of the video's release, leave little room for doubt why the video was produced and who is the principal target audience--the American public and, especially, its negotiators at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in the Hague late last year. However, despite this and many other efforts to raise public and political awareness in advance of that meeting, no accord was reached. The same incredulity and despondency the video depicts was generated following the negotiations the previous year in Bonn, in stark contrast to the optimism portrayed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio and the subsequent backslapping and hugging of the world leaders

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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