Journey to Planet Earth
Investigates extreme weather, climate change, and threats to national security.

Hosted and narrated by Matt Damon, Extreme Realities is a new Journey to Planet Earth episode investigating the link between extreme weather, climate change, and threats to our national security. Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Friedman, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, former CIA Director James Woolsey, and environmental visionary Lester Brown, the documentary focuses on recent political conflicts and severe weather events in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, India, the Middle East, the United States, and the Arctic.

In the wake of these disasters, Extreme Realities addresses three fundamental questions: (1) are we merely experiencing once in a hundred year weather events or are they early warning signals of an altered reality – a new normal; (2) have we already reached a tipping point pushing our planet towards an environmental cliff; and (3) are there ways to mitigate or adapt to these newly emerging threats?

Journey To Planet Earth

Journey to Planet Earth is a current PBS documentary series that dramatizes new ways of looking at the delicate relationship between people and the world they inhabit. The series is designed to help viewers understand and cope with the complexities of developing an agenda to deal with the most important environmental issues of the 21st century.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, these 13 programs reach beyond the physical sciences and draw connections to politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, and history.

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