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In 2005 Matt Damon narrated Journey to Planet Earth on PBS. A year later Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth was released theatrically, opening the door to numerous climate change documentaries, the bulk of which were viewed on television, releasing and often being produced by Discovery, Showtime, National Geographic, Thirteen and Netflix. There is now even the world’s first broadcaster, Climate Change TV, dedicated entirely to climate change issues. Focused on interviewing influential voices in the field, it is produced by Climate Home.

Released by Netflix in the Fall of 2020, is David Attenborough’s stunning A Life On Our Planet. Called a “majestic documentary” by the New York Times, it travels through the life of the planet as it travels through the decades of Attenborough’s own life as a famed naturalist. Now, in his 90’s, he calls it his “witness statement.” Interweaving footage of his own explorations into the wilderness, footage of the planet being eroded and charts memorializing the rising temperatures, the population growth, and the destruction of our forests, he curiously remains upbeat about the possibilities for regrowth.

And, watch for an HBO Max produced series by VICE creator Adam McKay, called The Uninhabitable Earth, based on the book by David Wallace-Wells. Green lit in January 2020, there is an interesting interview with him by Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton here.

SNL Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including the United Nations’ report on climate change, 10/13/18

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CCR One Strange Rock

One Strange Rock

The extraordinary story of Earth and why it is special and uniquely brimming with life among a largely unknown but harsh cosmic arena; astronauts tell the story of Earth through a unique perspective.
CCR Ice on Fire

Ice on fire

Produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid and directed by Leila Conners, Ice on Fire is an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming.

 

CCR Wildlife Warriors

Wildlife Warriors

Documentary series that looks at how conservationists around the world are attempting to catalog globally endangered wildlife animals. Add to Watchlist
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Who’s talking about climate change on TV? Mostly white men.

By Ysabelle Kempe Photo: Grist / CSA Images / Getty Images 3/12/21

If you watched news about climate change on TV last year, chances are you saw a white man on-screen. According to an analysis published this week by Media Matters For America, a nonprofit media watchdog, people of color made up just 8 percent of guests interviewed or featured in the major broadcast networks’ climate coverage in 2020 — we’re looking at you, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox Broadcasting Company. Women were also less likely to be in front of the camera, comprising 28 percent of guests.

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Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip

In Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip, the HGTV home makeover guru shines a light on the obstacles and opportunities for America’s solar industry, following fossil fuel monopolies that halt the growth of renewable energy while visiting with politicians, coal miners, solar panel installers, the Navajo Nation building its own solar plant, and others at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom.

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PBS Announces New Three-Part Series GRETA THUNBERG: A YEAR TO CHANGE THE WORLD

by PBS. 4/28/21

ARLINGTON, VA; February 15, 2021– PBS, in partnership with BBC Studios’ Science Unit, announces a new three-part documentary series following teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg as she seeks to raise awareness of the accelerating climate change. GRETA THUNBERG: A YEAR TO CHANGE THE WORLD premieres in its entirety as a special presentation on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 at 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS stations nationwide. Encore airings of all three episodes air Wednesdays, April 28 – May 12, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

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Scientists explore the impact of climate change and what could happen if global warming exceeds 1.5 degrees. Discover how the latest innovations and technology are posing potential solutions and what individuals can do to prevent further damage.

Life on Earth

David Attenborough’s groundbreaking study of the evolution of lifeon our planet.

Planet Earth II

Experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves. From spellbinding wildlife spectacle to intimate encounters, Planet Earth II takes you closer than ever before.

Blue Planet

More is known about the surface of the moon than the deep oceans on Earth, yet the sea constitutes two thirds of our planet. The oceans are an integral part of our lives. Their influence dominates the world’s weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely, deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces. Each 50-minute programme peers into this watery world, with spectacular footage exploring shores and shallows teeming with life and uncovering unseen depths.

Planet Earth

David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries.

Life Below Zero

National Geographic’s fan-favorite series Life Below Zero gives viewers chills as it captures the extreme lifestyles of tough Alaskans living off the grid. For more than 100 episodes, viewers have been captivated as individuals battle whiteout snowstorms, unpredictable frozen terrain and man-eating carnivores in one of the most isolated regions in the world. With temperatures as low as -40, crew members face their own unique challenges filming in the wilderness as they brave some of the world’s most dangerous conditions. Since its debut in 2013, the series has received 9 Primetime Emmy® nominations — including three in 2019 — and has won three Emmys for its craft in cinematography and picture editing.

Occupied

In the near future, Russia initiates a “silk glove” invasion of Norway to restart oil production, but soon uncertainty, chaos and danger erupt.

Peril & Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change

Peril and Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change is a public media initiative from WNET in New York reporting on the human impact of climate change, designed to provide context, scientifically sound information, and fact-based journalism to audiences across every platform of public media. It also focuses on stories of exciting new frontiers of scientific innovation in resilience, mitigation, and clean energy. We are partnering with some of public media’s most prestigious programs to use broadcast television, digital video, social media and public radio to tell these stories to the widest possible audience… locally, regionally, and nationally, on-air and online.

Chernobyl

Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson, Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident — one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Hostile Planet

Extraordinary Accounts of Animals Who Have Adapted To The Cruelest Evolutionary Curveballs. The Six-Part Series Continues Monday at 9/8c On National Geographic. Premieres April 1st, 2019. Hosted By Bear Grylls. Six-Part Series.

Our Planet

Our Planet is a global event that reminds us we’re all on one team. The upcoming series, from Netflix—created in collaboration with Silverback Productions and WWF and narrated by David Attenborough—features jaw-dropping nature stories, grounded in the best science, and highlighting the most pressing challenges facing nature today. The eight-part original documentary series will be released globally on Netflix April 5, 2019. See some bizarre coverage here and additional coverage here.

Paris to Pittsburgh

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act. The show premieres December 12, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on the National Geographic channel. Starting on December 13, the film will be available for free on digital platforms on National Geographic’s website (http://NatGeoTV.com), mobile app (Nat Geo TV App), Video On Demand and connected devices (such as Roku, AppleTV). Also starting December 13, the film will be available for one week on National Geographic’s YouTube channel. Read Mike Bloomberg’s remarks about Paris to Pittsburgh at a special screening in Washington, D.C.

Meet the Press

by NBC News 12/30/18
Extraordinary conversation when NBC News produced a Special Edition of Meet the Press on December 30, 2018, in which host, Chuck Todd introduced the show by saying, “We’re going to take an in-depth look at a literally Earth-changing subject that doesn’t get talked about this thoroughly on television news, at least: climate change. But just as important as what we are going to do this hour is what we’re not going to do. We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter. And human activity is a major cause, period. We’re not going to give time to climate deniers. The science is settled, even if political opinion is not.”
It featured an interview with Michael Bloomberg vowing to elevate its role in the White House race. When asked about President Trump’s views on climate change, Bloomberg said, “It would be a lot more helpful if we had a climate champion rather than a climate denier in the White House. You know, I’ve always thought Trump has a right to his opinions but doesn’t have a right to his own facts. And the truth of the matter is this country and this world is in trouble.” Watch the full interview. Watch the panel of experts.

Years of Living Dangerously

by The Years Project 10/13/18

First season launched in 2014 on Showtime; Second season on National Geographic in 2016

Years of Living Dangerously reveals emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change across the planet. Featuring some of Hollywood’s most influential stars, from Harrison Ford to Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalists like Thomas L. Friedman, Lesley Stahl and Mark Bittman, each documentary explores a different impact of climate change and the solutions to combat it. You can learn about the stories covered, from the effects on our military to the arguments for a carbon tax, here. Watch the entire series of documentaries on YouTube.

 

Oil | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

by Patriot Act 10/13/18

On the latest Patriot Act, Hasan Minhaj analyzes how America became the number one producer of oil in the world. Hasan examines how the fossil fuel industry and government, through its goal of “energy dominance,” are pushing for greater oil production and what that could mean for the environment.

60 Minutes: The Dutch Solution

by CBS News 9/23/18

On 9/23/18 (season 50, episode 54), Stewart Whitaker interviewed Henk Oving, the world’s only water ambassador, and discussed the ways in which New York City can be protected from sea level rise — based on what The Netherlands have already learned. Oving concludes, “ It’s a choice in the end. It’s a human choice. We can think about the future as an opportunity or close our eyes and do nothing and let it happen to us and see more death and despair, more assets and people lost.”