Figure 17: In 2010, Russia suffered a severe summer heat wave with temperatures reaching 101o F (38.33o C) and average temperatures 14o higher than normal for July. Wildfires erupted in Russia as did debate about the role of global climate change in the heatwave.See a summary of this debate. [fn][[nid:1086]][/fn]
Larry Gibson was a man of courage. For over 30 years he protested coal company mountaintop removal around his native Kayford Mountain in West Virginia, U.S. He defied the coal companies by remaining in his cabin on top of the mountain. Coal mining supporters shot bullets into his cabin, killed two of his dogs, burned effigies of Larry in his yard, made threatening phone calls, and assaulted him physically. In 2012, Larry Gibson died of a heart attack still saving his mountain. Listen to Larry Gibson tell his courageous story.
Figure 1: Filmmaker James Balog has a core conviction about the value of water and acts on it. To raise awareness of the effect of global climate change on water, Balog films the world’s receding glaciers, often at great personal risk. View the trailer for his film Chasing Ice.