American pubcaster PBS has slated the hour-long documentary Climate Change — The Facts, a BBC Studios co-production with IWC Media, to premiere on Earth Day 2020.
The special, hosted by David Attenborough (pictured), brings together climate scientists to examine how ice sheets, ecosystems, developing communities and extreme weather events will fare if global temperatures rise 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Climate Change — The Facts also includes personal accounts of the California wildfires, extreme coastal flooding in Louisiana and increasing temperatures in Australia.
The program warns of potential tipping points that could trigger further “catastrophic events,” such as methane gas escaping from melting lakes in the arctic.
Experts “offer hope” that changes can be made in the next decade to reduce CO2 emissions and limit further damage. Those changes include increased advocacy, advances in alternative energy technologies and innovative solutions to capture existing carbon dioxide.
Featured experts include James Hansen, former director of NASA Goddard Institute for Science Studies; professor Naomi Oreskes, science historian at Harvard University; professor Michael Mann, climate scientist at Penn State University; Richard Black, director of the UK Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit; professor Andrew Shepherd, climate scientist at The University of Leeds; Sunita Narain, director general of India’s Centre for Science and Environment; and Greta Thunberg, Swedish teenage climate advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
Climate Change — The Facts is executive produced by Sacha Baveystock, Andrew Cohen and Jonathan Renouf. Serena Davis is the series producer and director; Tom McDonald is commissioning editor for BBC Studios.
The documentary premieres April 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.