Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not cooperating: the 14-week shooting schedule coincided with a heat wave and a serious drought. In a 1989 Los Angeles Daily News article, he explained, "It was very physically uncomfortable - 105 degrees and very humid . . . and we had an extremely difficult schedule based on the projected growth of the corn." Robinson managed to shuffle the shooting order for the scenes around, giving the crops as much time as possible to grow, but time was running out. "I said, 'The first scene in the movie, when Kevin hears the voice, it's got to be up to his shoulders.' Two weeks before we hit the corn (scenes) it was ankle high"... In the end, he spent thousands irrigating the land and ran two weeks over schedule - but the corn finally grew
Hottest ever recorded...meaning roughly 130 or so years. Hm. Not very impressive.
Everything should be eaten in moderation, of course, but there's nothing wrong with the consumption of corn. We've been eating it for almost as long as we've been farming. Humanity may not have been as successful as it is without staple crops like corn.
Oh come on, there's a whole bunch of physicists, engineers, geologists and biologists ready to tell you there's nothing to climate change.
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" If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed."
If you had to pick ground zero for climate change, you might pick the Sahel, the grasslands between the Sahara in the north and African tropical rainforests in the south. The region is immensely fertile—when it isn't being slammed by recurrent droughts and floods. Many human lives are suspended in a fragile balance with the volatile climate of this region.
“In any single event, it’s hard to really know if you’re just seeing a natural variation or climate change,” cautioned climatologist Chris Funk of the University of California, Santa Barbara. With that caveat, Funk said when asked if human activity exacerbated the drought, “Tentatively, the answer is yes. To some extent, it is.”
But natural cycles can’t by themselves explain the recent streak of record-breaking disasters. Something else is happening too: The Earth is steadily getting warmer, with significantly more moisture in the atmosphere. Decades of observations from the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, as well as from thousands of other weather stations, satellites, ships, buoys, deep-ocean probes, and balloons, show that a long-term buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is trapping heat and warming up the land, oceans, and atmosphere. Although some places, notably the Arctic, are warming faster than others, the average surface temperature worldwide has risen nearly one degree Fahrenheit in the past four decades. In 2010 it reached 58.12°F, tying the record set in 2005.
"Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers say that the low water levels — and attending barge traffic jams, closed ports, and closed river sections — will continue until October. The direct costs are staggering: NASA explains that a loss of just one inch of draft can require a ship to run with 17 tons less cargo. A major drought in 1988, one that set the record for water level at minus 10.7 feet, brought an estimated $1 billion in losses to the barge industry that year."
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