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Climate Change - The Facts

Airs Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 + PBS Video App

Sir David Attenborough

Credit: Courtesy of BBC

Above: Sir David Attenborough

New One-Hour Special Examines the Startling Impact of Climate Change and Poses Potential Solutions

On Earth Day, PBS will premiere a compelling new documentary, “Climate Change - The Facts,” presenting scientific evidence of the impact of global warming.

The program also examines possible solutions to the crisis, including the latest innovations, technology and actions individuals can take to prevent further damage.

The one-hour special is hosted by natural historian Sir David Attenborough.

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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.

“Climate Change - The Facts” brings together leading climate scientists who explain what might happen if global warming increases 1.5 degrees.

Experts examine the consequences of rising temperatures on ice sheets, fragile ecosystems, developing communities and extreme weather events.

Personal accounts of California wildfires, extreme coastal flooding in Louisiana and increasing temperatures in Australia paint vivid pictures of these devastating effects.

Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC

Justin Bilton and Charles Bilton escaped a forest fire in the USA.

“In the 20 years since I first started talking about the impact of climate change on our world, conditions have changed far faster than I ever imagined,” said Sir David Attenborough. “It may sound frightening, but the scientific evidence is that if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies. We’re running out of time, but there is still hope.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC

Chief Albert Naquin had to move due to rising sea levels, Isle de Jean Charles, La.

The program warns of potential tipping points that could trigger further catastrophic events, such as methane gas escaping from melting lakes in the arctic.

While these scenarios are discouraging, the program also inspires individuals to take action and make a difference. Experts offer hope that changes can be made in the next decade to reduce CO2 emissions and limit further damage.

These include increased advocacy, advances in alternative energy technologies and innovative solutions to capture existing carbon dioxide.

Renewable Energies

Nearly every country came to the agreement to work on holding temperatures and keeping them from rising. From wind to solar power, see the alternatives different countries are using.

Researchers from around the world provide global context to the crisis, including:

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A BBC Studios co-production with IWC Media. Tom McDonald is Commissioning Editor for BBC Studios. The program is executive produced by Sacha Baveystock, Andrew Cohen and Jonathan Renouf. Serena Davis is the series producer and director.


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