During the first half of the program, George spoke with Linda Moulton Howe, who presented her report on Earth life threats.
Linda first touched base on the alarming disappearance of honey bees in the United States. Scientists, beekeepers and government bee specialists have never seen so many deserted honey bee hives as there are now, she reported, and no one knows why.
Linda went on to speak about the "Noah's Ark" seed vault project, which is being built inside a cold mountain on the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, in the Arctic. Construction begins in March and is expected to be finished by October this year. The project is being paid for by the Norwegian government, in affiliation with the U. N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization's Global Crop Diversity Trust. Linda said the fear is that global warming will keep increasing over this century, turning some farm land into desert, flooding other low grounds and generally changing growing seasons, rainfall and insects. She said many plants won't be able to survive the rapid changes. Some scientists fear that even the Amazon rainforest might not survive into the next century. If we lose the diversity of crops we have now, Linda explained, we could end up seriously depleting this planet's future food and medical supplies.
In the final 2 hours of the show, George opened up a special 'Horror & Sci-Fi' discussion as part of Open Lines, as well as listed the top 10 films of all time in those two genres.
Best Sci Fi Movies Ever Made:
10.) The Incredibles (2004)
9.) Blade Runner (1982)
8.) Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
7.) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
6.) Aliens (1986)
5.) Alien (1979)
4.) Metropolis (1927)
3.) The Matrix (1999)
2.) Star Wars (1977)
1.) Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Scariest Horror Movies Ever Made:
10.) The Exorcist (1973)
9.) Psycho (1960)
8.) Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)
7.) Dawn of the Dead (1978)
6.) Alien (1979)
5.) Halloween (1978)
4.) The Haunting (1963)
3.) A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
2.) The Evil Dead (1981)
1.) The Shining (1980)