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Debate: Interstellar and climate change

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“We didn’t run out of planes and television sets. We ran out of food.”

Acclaimed director Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar is inspired by the work of Kip Thorne, an American theoretical physicist formerly with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and who was the scientific consultant and an executive producer for the film. Interstellar depicts a world where a blight threatens Earth’s ability to support life, causing civilization to regress into a failing agrarian society. It’s protagonist is part of a team of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet (call it a more sophisticated prequel to James Cameron’s Avatar). The movie has generated much debate, much of it to do with the movie’s connection to (or lack of) climate change and related themes, with opinion divided. Here are some samples:

Why Interstellar ignores climate change (The Atlantic)
Interstellar and the climate culture wars (Powerline blog)

Interstellar” solves climate change by incoherently jetting into space (Grist)

Wikipedia entry for Interstellar

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