Most of the general media laughed off the movie "The DayAfter Tomorrow" as "too extreme." But better informed mediawere not so dismissive, and the National Geographic was noexception. They wrote, "to environmentalists, there is morethan a kernel of truth in the catastrophic scenariosdepicted..."
Now, their story has proved to be number six among theirwebsite's most popular stories of 2004. The film, which hasgrossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide, has provedenormously popular with the public, and is on it's way tobecoming one of the largest grossing films of all time.
Its DVD reportedly has sold over $350,000,000 worth ofcopies worldwide.
The film helped call attention to the serious worldwideproblem of global warming, which has now become an acceptedscientific reality as one predicted event or change afteranother is confirmed.
The seriousness of the situation is illustrated by anarticle in the world's most prestigious science journal,Nature, which predicts that a million species will goextinct in the next fifty years.
Meanwhile, the Gulf Stream, key to the climate of the UnitedStates, eastern Canada and western Europe, continues toweaken and grow more unstable. In the film, it was thefailure of the Gulf Stream and associated ocean currentsthat triggered the devastating changes depicted.
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