Netflix will debut “Our Planet” in April, Sir David Attenborough to narrate

Netflix will debut “Our Planet” in April, Sir David Attenborough to narrate

Source:  TV Guide

Netflix is getting into the nature documentary game with “Our Planet,” a new eight-part series from the creators of the BBC’s nature documentary series “Planet Earth” and “Blue Planet.”

The series will launch globally on April 5, 2019, and be narrated by renowned British naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who famously also narrated both original BBC programs.

“‘Our Planet’ will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world,” said Attenborough, whose latest BBC wildlife series, “Dynasties,” is also set to launch in early 2019. “Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home, but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.”

The series, which was four years in the making, was created in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, and Silverback Films.

The big-budget project was filmed in 50 countries across every continent, from the Arctic wilderness to the jungles of South America. It promises to showcase the planet’s most precious species as well as their fragile habitats using the latest in 4K camera technology.

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“Sinking Cities” explores how four cities are preparing for the real-time effects of climate change

“Sinking Cities” explores how four cities are preparing for the real-time effects of climate change

Source:  PBS

Weeks after Hurricane Florence ravaged the Carolinas, and on the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy in New York, a four-part series, “Sinking Cities,” examines how four cities are preparing for the real-time effects of climate change.

The series explores how four cities – New York, Tokyo, London, and Miami – are coming to grips with the real-time effects of rising seas and extreme weather.

“Sinking Cities” premieres October 31 on PBS. 

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“Wildland” kicks off the new season of PBS’s Independent Lens on October 29

“Wildland” kicks off the new season of PBS’s Independent Lens on October 29

Source:  PBS

Filmed during two recent wildfire seasons, “Wildland” is a sweeping yet deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, dreams, and demons.

What emerges is a rich story of working-class men — their exterior world, their interior lives, and the fire that lies between.

Directed and produced by Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson, “Wildland” kicks off the new season of Independent Lens on Monday, October 29, on PBS.

Every summer, the American West burns. As climate change has increased, average temperatures have risen, resulting in a sudden increase in both the frequency and intensity of wildfires.

Inside each of these fires are small crews who work to contain them by hand, using shovels, pickaxes, and methods that haven’t changed in 60 years.

With a lifelong admiration for those who do this dangerous work, filmmakers and native Westerners Jablonski and Hudson went through firefighting training with the men in the film in Grants Pass, Oregon, a sleepy mountain town.

Each firefighter has come to this work for personal reasons — for some, it’s a need to test themselves or a desire for adventure and purpose; for others, it may be the job of last resort after time in prison or a lifetime of addiction.

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“Rodents of Unusual Size” illustrates the environmental destruction wrought by a giant rodent invasion of a Louisiana town

“Rodents of Unusual Size” illustrates the environmental destruction wrought by a giant rodent invasion of a Louisiana town

Source:  The Weather Network

It hasn’t been a good century so far for the Louisiana town of Delacroix Island.

After enduring hurricanes — including the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — and oil spills, the people of the community now have to contend with massive, 20-pound rodents known as nutria.

The giant rodents are an invasive species that have been devouring the coastal wetlands around the town, a key barrier against hurricanes and storm surge, but the locals have been fighting back.

Now their war against the invaders has been chronicled in a new documentary aptly titled “Rodents of Unusual Size.”

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Michael Bloomberg and National Geographic team up for global warming doc “Paris To Pittsburgh”

Michael Bloomberg and National Geographic team up for global warming doc “Paris To Pittsburgh”

Source:  Deadline

The National Geographic Channel will air Bloomberg Philanthropies’ second film, “Paris to Pittsburgh,” a film that takes on the devastating effects of global warming.

The doc will premiere Wednesday, December 12, at 9pm ET/PT and will air globally in 172 countries and 45 languages beginning in the U.S.

“Paris to Pittsburgh” brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.

Set against the national debate over coal and clean energy — and the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement — the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.

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“The Devil We Know” exposes Dupont’s cover-up of Teflon’s harmful environmental effects on a West Virginia town

“The Devil We Know” exposes Dupont’s cover-up of Teflon’s harmful environmental effects on a West Virginia town

Source:  IndieWire

Following “An Inconvenient Sequel,” “The Cove,” and “Chasing Ice,” a pointed and thorough environmental documentary can have a lasting impact on the global conversation around pollution and climate change.

Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig has been a leading voice in the genre and adds yet another environmental atrocity to the pile in her fourth feature film, “The Devil We Know.”

The film takes aim at powerful corporations such as Dupont and 3M, following a group of whistleblowers who claim both companies knew of the harmful environmental effects that the patented chemical Teflon had on the residents of Parkersburg, West Virginia and covered up the facts for decades.

“The Devil We Know” premieres October 16 on iTunes.

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