The Day After TomorrowBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7451.1323 (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1323
- Shakoor Hajat, lecturer (Shakoor.Hajat@lshtm.ac.uk)
- Public and Environmental Health Research Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Directed by Roland Emmerich
On general release worldwide from 28 May 2004
Global warming gets the Hollywood treatment in The Day After Tomorrow, a disaster movie where the threat to humanity comes from nature itself as a result of changes in the world's climate. In Roland Emmerich's film extreme weather events induced by human activity lashdown on the northern hemisphere, with devastating consequences. The resonance of the scenario isheightened by some breathtaking special effects and by the claim that it could one day happen—but how real is the science behind all this?
The premise stems from the fact that rapid melting of polar ice, brought about by global warming, …