Trailer for James Cameron’s Climate Change Docu-Series YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

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The trailer for Showtime’s 2014 event series Years of Living Dangerously has been released online.  The docu-series comes from executive producers James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub and examines the effects of climate change on a global scale with a particular focus on the human impact.  Cameron introduces the trailer himself, but I was encouraged to see that the documentary doesn’t just jump right into the effects of climate change, it takes the time to lay out the facts and the “debate” at hand as well.  Misinformation leads to ignorance, and it’s important that the audience is aware of the overwhelming facts and science pointing to the effects of climate change before diving into the actual, you know, evidence.

The docu-series will unfold over “six to eight” hourlong episodes, with a number of celebrity correspondents visiting areas all over the world that have been effected by climat change.  Notable appearances include Matt Damon, Mark Bittman, Thomas Friedman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Munn, Don Cheadle, Chris Hayes, Michael C. Hall, and Harrison Ford.  Watch the trailer after the jump.  Years of Living Dangerously will air on Showtime starting April 2014.

years-of-living-dangerouslyHere’s a list of the docu-series correspondents and their roles in the project:

Jessica Alba (actress, author and co-founder of The Honest Company) follows three Climate Corps fellows as they attempt to green the corporate sector.

Mark Bittman (food journalist, author, and New York Times columnist) shoots two pieces: he explores rising sea levels and the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, with a focus on Union Beach, New Jersey; and, in an investigation that takes him all across the country, he tries to determine just how clean natural gas is.

Don Cheadle (star of the SHOWTIME series HOUSE OF LIES) reports on the severe droughts in the Southwest, and sees if a town in Texas can rebound.

Matt Damon (Elysiumexamines the public health impact of heat waves as they sweep across Los Angeles and other cities around the globe.

America Ferrera (Ugly Bettyexplores wind and solar power: if they’re so good, why are so many people trying to block them?

Harrison Ford (42travels to Indonesia to report on deforestation and the struggle to prevent it.

Thomas Friedman (journalist, New York Times columnist and author) investigates how climate change impacts national sovereignty in the Middle East.

Michael C. Hall (star of the SHOWTIME series DEXTER®) goes to Bangladesh to see a vision of our climate-changed future.

Chris Hayes (MSNBC’s All In) shoots two pieces involving Super Storm Sandy: a U.S. congressman comes face to face with climate change when extreme weather hits close to home; two Far Rockaway families endure the winter following the destructive storm.

Olivia Munn (The Newsroomreports from Washington State as a new governor makes combating global warming a top priority.

Dr. M. Sanjayan (lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy) sets out on an epic journey around the world to see the effects of climate change firsthand.  Will he be convinced that climate change is real?

Arnold Schwarzenegger (former Governor of California) treks deep into the forests of the American West, following a team of elite “Hot Shot” firefighters as they face what could be one of the worst fire seasons yet.

Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diariesfollows Anna Jane Joyner, the 28-year-old daughter of Evangelical preacher Rick Joyner, as she tries to convince congregations and preachers across North Carolina – including her father – that they need to join the fight.

Lesley Stahl (60 Minutes correspondent) travels to Greenland to explore the fate of the Arctic as global temperature increases melt the ice sheet at an unprecedented rate and unlock all sorts of new riches.




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  • Jim Connors

    These celebrities are such hypocrites, the biggest of which being James Cameron himself. Love how the author of this article puts “debate” is quotations … as if to direct quote Al Gore and say the debate is over. Yea, right.

    • Sonny

      I blame the Sun. That bastard has been changing the temperature of this planet for far too long. F*ck you sun!

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  • pinkincide

    How about a movie where even one of their climate change predictions actually happens?

  • Ryan

    I thought this was a remake of the Mel Gibson/Sigourney Weaver movie?

  • Northern Star

    I absolutely believe in climate change, four times a year… autumn, winter, spring, summer!

    Scaremongers like Cameron have lost the war over the mythical climate change they espouse, scandals like climategate and the leaked recent IPCC report – before they hurriedly changed it – all prove the world hasn’t warmed a single degree since 1998… and so-called ‘evidence’ has been deliberately fabricated by vested interests intent on wealth redistribution on a global scale… and that’s what it’s REALLY all about!

    • Tim Sanders

      wow, americans ARE dumb?! i never thought that much.. ui..

    • paul h

      ’98 was a record shattering el nino, of course if you pick that start date (AKA “cherry picking”) there’s been little atmospheric warming (ocean warming’s a different story tho), try looking at the trend for the past 30-40 years for the real story. http://www.skepticalscience.com/graphics/GW_Components_1024.jpg http://www.skepticalscience.com/graphics/Nuccitelli_OHC_Data.jpg

      Or if you prefer it another way – short term (~15 year) variability swamp the long term signal, but eventually the underlying trend always comes through. http://www.skepticalscience.com/graphics/Escalator_2012_1024.gif

      Just out of curiosity, how do you fabricate the crash in arctic ice over the past 40 years? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgiMBxaL19M

      There have been numerous (nine, I think) investigations into the climategate “scandal”, one was even funded by the Kochs (fossil fuel industry billionaires for those outside the USA) and headed up by a long time sceptic, they *all* found no fault with the science (edit. as presented in the hacked emails).

      • Pollute Shoot

        Are you saying that the scientists of the 70′s, who were pushing global cooling were wrong? But the scientists who now push global warming are 100% right? The world has forever been going through cycles of warming and cooling. Everyone knows pollution is bad but whose to say the planet isn’t warming naturally? Science has its place but it isn’t infallible.

      • paul h

        I’m saying nothing of the sort, just pointing out the BS in some often refuted “sceptical” talking points… ;)

        Points that to a large extent have been dreamt up (I mean that literally, often times there’s no factual basis for a lot of the crap they put out) by “institutes” and other organisations paid by the fossil fuel industry to do so, in exactly the same way they did for the tobacco industry, and various other chemical industries in their campaigns about how they weren’t causing environmental and/or human health harm.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5GVHqlnPAc
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Sb0V9acno

        Global Cooling was, even at the height of it’s (for want of a better word) popularity in the 70′s, nothing more than a fringe theory, even during that period the number of AGW papers outpaced it quite significantly, by the end of the 70′s it was something like 5 for cooling vs 40odd for warming. http://www.skepticalscience.com/images/1970s_papers.gif

        Yes the cycles of warming & cooling have been going on for untold (eh, not literally untold, you know what I mean…) millennia, the difference this time around is the time scale, IIRC previously during times of natural change it took hundreds to thousands of years for the temperature to change by .1 of a degree, it’s currently *much* more rapid than that. Another thing to consider, there’s been 5 (iirc, maybe it’s 6) mass extinction events, everyone knows the one about the asteroid & the dinos, but the remaining were all caused by climate change, change that was happening a whole lot slower than it is today (see the recent bbc nature study that showed a rather alarming number of UK wildlife species in decline, with a smaller number in rapid decline for an indication).

        Sure science isn’t infallible, however there is, as far as I’m aware, no other scientifically consistent cause for what’s happening atm, it’s not volcanoes (anyone who says “volcanoes emit more co2 in 1 year than the entire of human history” or somesuch is talking out their rear end, it’s something like (averaged out as there’s not a major eruption every year) 3% of current human yearly emissions.

        It’s not the orbital cycles as they operate on incredibly long time scales, iirc the quickest of which is 20,000 years or something, stretching to 50,000 and 100,000 for the other 2 major orbital cycles.

        It’s not the sun as that’s been going through a modern downturn during the last decade, one that just happens to be the hottest decade on record.

        And so on and so on.
        edit
        here’s a quick kinda funny (tho not very scientific) vid that covers 10 of the common “it’s not…” points
        http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/10/28/_10_failed_climate_change_denial_arguments.html

        Conversely there are many many lines of evidence that point to us -

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIUN5ziSfNc

        http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence

        http://www.scribd.com/doc/98458016/Climate-Change-Lines-of-Evidence

        Now I can totally understand why folks would be sceptical about science predicting the future, fortunately we don’t all need to get our (crystal) balls out, we can look at the paleoclimate record of the past. The last time co2 was approx the same as it is today (~400ppm, lets not forget that the natural maximum “recently” (in geological terms, so for longer than the entirety of human existence) has been ~280ppm) was about 3+ million years ago, temperature at the time was up 3-4 degrees and sea level was 5-40m higher. What’s the mechanism that’s going to cause that to *not* happen this time?

        I should add that, obviously I’m not a scientist (so please excuse me if I’ve miss remembered something :D )and that you can get many and much more detailed information on these topics with the help of teh google.

        edit
        skepticalscience.com is, I think, a good place to start if anyone has questions about the science, the articles are usually easy enough for us lay-folk to read & they reference the scientific papers when necessary … so pretty much always, and the comments sections are friendly enough if you have any questions, you can expect heavy moderation if you go in there *repeatedly* making posts like Northern Stars tho…

        multiple edits for clarity

      • Pollute Shoot

        I agree that the facts can be manipulated by entities like the fossil fuel industry and their ilk. But that is also why I’m hesitant/skeptical to believe these so called facts from global warming advocates. There always seems to be some hidden agenda. Take Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. That movie was filled with skewed facts posing as science. Everyone hailed Gore as a selfless green hero. But what was Gore’s true intention? A push for a carbon tax. Why? To help the world or to make himself a tidy profit? Why wasn’t he telling anyone that he stood to make billions from the company that would regulate the carbon tax? A company he owned a huge stake in. Look, I’m down with trying to save our environment. The problem is that there are snake oil salesman on both sides. My concern is that the carbon tax isn’t only for industry. That it’s just the first step in finding yet another method of taxing ordinary citizens.

      • paul h

        Uhh… I think you need to put your tin-foil hat back on.

        Maybe you don’t realise this, but you’re engaging in “skeptical” tactic numero uno, when you don’t have a comeback for the science shout “squirrel” and hope nobody notices the body swerve.

        edit
        I don’t mean to be rude it’s just… genuine scepticism is fine, nothing wrong with that, and if someone doesn’t have the time to keep up with developments it’s perfectly natural. However there is, I feel, enough robust science out there from reputable sources (for example, the national academy of sciences of whatever country you are from) that anyone who spends an evening or 2 reading what’s happening will soon realise that their scepticism is unfounded in fact.

      • Pollute Shoot

        I’ll leave on my tinfoil hat thank you very much. I think it’s very nice of you to look through the volumes and volumes of data that 100% without a doubt, prove humanity is the main cause of global warming (this time). But there’s also volumes of data from other very reputable scientists who also say our impact is much smaller than many would have you believe. Did you read all that research as well before discarding it? Here’s one such article:

        http://www.climatedepot.com/2010/12/08/special-report-more-than-1000-international-scientists-dissent-over-manmade-global-warming-claims-challenge-un-ipcc-gore-2/

        I’m more a proponent for the middle ground. We do an awful lot of damage to this planet and I do believe we should be taking steps to lessen our impact. But I also believe there is a lot of fear mongering going on. You never even attempted to respond to my point on Al Gore, which is a fact. It’s also a fact that he won a Nobel peace prize for his skewed rhetoric. Scientific research isn’t free. In fact it’s often times very pricey. Sometimes it does some good by looking into who is paying for such research and what their agenda is or may be. Take GMO’s. You don’t think the lobbying power of Monsanto and their close ties to the FDA don’t play any role in what research gets released and what research get buried? Money talks. Wake up and follow the trail.

      • paul h

        Another post full of typical science denier rhetoric, climate depot’s well known for propagating the kind of fossil fuel industry paid for “science” that comes down the (oil) pipe.

        How hot has it gotta get, how much ice has gotta melt before you can admit to the evidence that’s staring us all in the face.

        I didn’t reply to your crack about Gore because, as far as the science is concerned, it was largely irrelevant and personally I’ve not had my fill of complaining about the multiple billions of dollars profit every oil co. makes every quarter while trashing the planet. The folks making money off getting us out of the hole we’re in, and I imagine he won’t be alone, can come later.

        I think I’ll take my leave of this conversation if it’s all the same to you pollute shoot, that really is a wonderful nom du plume BTW, i like to think my eyes are somewhat open to the truth behind the world we live in (you won’t find me arguing with much of wake up call remastered for instance), but, not through want if looking, I see no creditable challenge to the science behind agw.

      • paul h

        Uhh… I think you need to put your tin-foil hat back on.

        Maybe you don’t realise this, but you’re engaging in “skeptical” tactic numero uno, when you don’t have a comeback for the science shout “squirrel” and hope nobody notices the body swerve.

        edit
        I don’t mean to be rude it’s just… genuine scepticism is fine, nothing wrong with that, and if someone doesn’t have the time to keep up with developments it’s perfectly natural. However there is, I feel, enough robust science out there from reputable sources (for example, the national academy of sciences of whatever country you are from) that anyone who spends an evening or 2 reading what’s happening will soon realise that their scepticism is unfounded in fact.

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  • John

    You have to be a faggot to believe in Global Warming!

    • paul h

      Yeah, science is *so* gay… lol

  • enzofloc

    I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised by all the uninformed and rationally-challenged comments here.

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