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Week of 1.26.07

The Heat Over Global Warming

Ahead of a major scientific report on global warming to be released next week, David Brancaccio talks with Laurie David, a producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and a major environmental activist.

Ms. David levels direct charges against those she feels stand in the way of her mission to alert the world about the dangers of climate change, and says America needs to lead the world in protecting the planet.

"People are finally understanding the urgency of the issue. And I think they're starting to look at what they can do," David tells NOW. "But now we have to get government to change. I mean we have to take a leadership role."

Meet the woman who made talking about global warming cool.

About Laurie David

Video: Clips from An Inconvenient Truth
Video icon  NOW Video: Closer Looks at "An Inconvenient Truth"

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» Al Gore on Global Warming
Laurie David is an environmental activist and producer of "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary film on global warming. David founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March at www.stopglobalwarming.org with Senator John McCain and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to urge America's leaders to address the issue of global warming. David has also produced several other projects that bring the issue of global warming into mainstream popular culture, including her first book, "The Solution is You: Stop Global Warming - An Activist's Guide."

Before working full time on environmental and political issues, David worked in the entertainment industry. She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters and husband, comedian and "Seinfeld" creator Larry David, who currently stars in the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm".

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Letter from Senators Rockefeller and Snowe to Exxon Mobil demanding the company stop funding global warming misinformation

Globalization101.org: A brief overview on global warming

Grist.org: Interview with Laurie David

The Post Gazette: Exxon Mobil softens its climate-change stance

Seattle Times: Controversy over showing "An Inconvenient Truth" in schools

Interview: Environmental Crusader Majora Carter
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Majora Carter Also on the show, Maria Hinojosa speaks to and takes a walking tour with environmental crusader Majora Carter. Carter is working to clean up her own neighborhood of the South Bronx, one of New York City's poorest. She started up Sustainable South Bronx, an organization that is bringing parks, greenways and bike paths to the urban waterfront. She has also successfully rallied local residents to oppose dumping and air pollution, and is challenging New York City's plans to fill a vacant lot with a jail. She suggests a recycling center instead.

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Watch a time-lapse video of how Sustainable South Bronx turned their building's rooftop green

Grist.org: Interview with Majora Carter

Sustainable South Bronx