Years of Living Dangerously DVD series

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This Emmy Award-winning 9-part documentary series explores the global human impact of climate change, from the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East. Executive Produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the programs feature celebrity investigators alongside well-known journalists with a background in environmental reportage.

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This Emmy Award-winning 9-part documentary series explores the global human impact of climate change, from the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East. Executive Produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the programs feature celebrity investigators alongside well-known journalists with a background in environmental reportage.

These “correspondents” travel to areas around the world affected by global warming, to interview experts, skeptics, and the ordinary people affected by, and seeking solutions to, the impacts of climate change.

The celebrities include Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera, Michael C. Hall, Olivia Munn and Schwarzenegger. The journalists include Lesley Stahl, Thomas Friedman, Chris Hayes and Mark Bittman. The final episode includes Friedman’s interview of President Barack Obama. A Showtime Series

2014 | 514 minutes | Closed Captioned

Episode 1, “Dry Season” follows three stories. Don Cheadle reports on the severe droughts in the Southwest United States, following scientist and devout Christian, Katharine Hayhoe, as she tries to communicate to religious audiences the connection between extreme weather and climate change; Harrison Ford visits Indonesia to learn how slash-and-burn deforestation, driven by the worldwide appetite for products like palm oil and paper, contributes a large portion of the world’s carbon emissions, and he explores the struggle to resist it; and Thomas Friedman investigates how drought contributed to the civil war in Syria.

Episode 2, “End of the Woods” Arnold Schwarzenegger accompanies a team of elite firefighters in Western U.S. forests, the “hot shots”, as they risk their lives to face the fire season made longer and more destructive by global warming, with the fire regions expanding from the southwest U.S. further north into Canada.

Episode 3, “The Surge” Chris Hayes reports on how Superstorm Sandy affected towns and families; he meets with congressman Michael Grimm from New Jersey, initially a climate skeptic, who changes his position on global warming after reviewing the science and the work of fellow-Republican Bob Inglis.

Episode 4, “Ice & Brimstone” Ian Somerhalder follows Anna Jane Joyner, the daughter of prominent Evangelical preacher, Rick Joyner, as she tries to persuade congregations and preachers in North Carolina (including her skeptical father) to join the Evangelical fight against global warming and the Beyond Coal campaign to shut down a coal-fired power plant.

Episode 5, “True Colors” Olivia Munn learns about ocean acidification and the proposed West Coast coal export terminals that would nearly double US coal exports.

Episode 6, “Winds of Change” America Ferrera reports on how public policy has supported the growth of wind and solar power in Kansas, and how the oil and gas companies, and their well-funded lobbyists and allies like the Heartland Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council, are pushing lawmakers to reverse this.

Episode 7, “Revolt, Rebuild, Renew” covers the economic costs of global warming. Jessica Alba follows Climate Corps fellows as they work to help US companies to save money and improve profits through energy efficiency and sustainability management.

Episode 8, “A Dangerous Future” Michael C. Hall travels to Bangladesh to see how climate change will impact workers and the poor in developing countries in the coming decades, when a projected 150 million people will be forced to leave their homes to escape sea level rise and increased drought, insect-borne disease and flooding.

Episode 9, “Moving a Mountain” Hall concludes his journey to Bangladesh, where rising seas are expected to submerge 17% of the country.

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Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 5 in