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New ‘Blade Runner’ gives climate change a starring role

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The sequel to the 1982 science-fiction classic “Blade Runner,” which opens nationwide Friday, looks to give climate change a starring role, according to official summaries and timelines released by the film’s production house.

Set 30 years in the future from the original film’s 2019 setting, “Blade Runner 2049” shows an Earth devastated by the ravages of climatic shifts in temperature and sea-level rise, which has plunged large chunks of Los Angeles into the Pacific Ocean.

The film’s website says L.A. has been forced to erect a colossal sea wall around the remaining parts of the city. By the looks of it, the wall also generates electricity through a complex hydropower conduit and wave-power system.

Los Angeles is also 30 or more degrees cooler and subject to sub-arctic blasts. The area outside the city has hundreds of solar thermal power plants similar to the current Ivanpah facility in California. But they all appear to be dormant. It looks like war may be behind that. – READ MORE

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