Segments in this Video

NASA & Climate Change: Mountain View California (02:04)


Harrison Ford hops aboard a military jet in this introduction to the series. The task: collect air samples for the purpose of measuring greenhouse gases.

Drought & Jobs: Plainview Texas (01:37)

Don Cheadle heads to Texas where a group of citizens walks around the perimeter of the now-closed Cargill meatpacking plant every Saturday praying for rain.

Drought & War: Syria (02:13)

Thomas Friedman will investigate the roots of conflict. He speaks with Syrians about drought and the Khabur River, which begins at the city of Ras al Ayn and feeds into the Euphrates

Series Intro & Credits: Years of Living Dangerously (01:46)

Excerpts from the upcoming video orient the viewer to the topic of climate change.

U.S. Climate Projection (02:02)

Greenhouse gas sources include: burning fossil fuels, deforestation and coal fired plants. See satellite images of drought in the Midwest, Russia, Brazil, and Argentina. Historical climate maps show an alarming rise in temperature.

Deforestation (02:34)

See images of forest loss by year; slash and burn doubles greenhouse gas emission. The production of palm oil, an ingredient found ubiquitously in processed foods, fuels major deforestation in Indonesia.

God & Global Warming (04:35)

Cattle herds are diminishing due to drought. In Plainview, Texas, meet a woman whose career ended with the closure of the meatpacking plant; she and most of the town believe the drought is God's will.

Drought in the Mediterranean (02:36)

The worst drought in Syrian history displaced or impoverished millions 4 years before the Syrian revolution.

Drought & Syrian Civil War (01:35)

Drought, flooding, food shortages and water scarcity are sources of stress on underlying causes of conflict.

Slash & Burn Deforestation (01:16)

Smoke fills the air in Sumatra, Indonesia where dense carbon-storing jungles have been cleared--replaced by palm oil crops.

Indonesia's Peatlands (04:36)

Saving this Borneo forest would prevent the release of the equivalent of 1/3 of the cars in Los Angeles. Corruption is an obstacle to conservation in Indonesia.

Climate Change: "The Usual Suspects" (03:35)

Natural cycles, the sun, the Earth's orbit, and geologic activity could drive climate change, but temperatures continue to rise, even though we receive less of the sun's energy.

Syrian Refugees: Sanliurfa, Turkey (03:44)

Free Syrian army fighter Mohammed views photographs of fellow fighters. His mother recalls the sudden drought, asking the government for help, and joining the revolution.

Elephant Habitat Destruction (03:06)

Ford learns about government actions that led to deforestation. In Sumatra, he rides an elephant to Tesso Nilo National Park. Experts discuss conflicts with oil palm companies and elephants.

Evangelical Climate Scientist: Lubbock, Texas (02:34)

Katharine Hayhoe sees no conflict between science and faith. She explains client change to people of faith. Texas Governor Rick Perry denies climate change is man-made.

San Antonio, Texas (01:28)

Plainview residents move to another city; Nellie experiences financial difficulties.

Climate Change is Real (02:20)

Meet Hayhoe's first climate change convert, Evangelical preacher Drew Farley. Farley describes climate change as a ball of sound bites.

Akcakale Refugee Camp (02:05)

Experts discuss an attack along the Turkey/Syria border. Friedman prepares to travel to the camp- a dangerous place for journalists.

68,000 Hectare Loss (02:37)

The forestry minister urges people to stop the destruction of Tesso Nilo National Park; Ford learns that little is done to protect the park.

Faith, Science & Drought: Plainview, Texas (04:50)

Learn the effects of Cargill's closure. Hayhoe discusses greenhouse gases and climate change with remaining residents.

Revolution of the Hungry (03:48)

Friedman crosses the Turkey/Syria border and meets a family of revolutionaries who used to be farmers. They discuss the drought's impact on the civil war.

Credits: Dry Season: Years of Living Dangerously (01:07)

Credits: Dry Season: Years of Living Dangerously

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The series premiere of this globetrotting series about the human impacts of climate change explores the devastating effects of extreme drought and deforestation. Harrison Ford travels to Indonesia to investigate how the world's appetite for palm oil—an ingredient in everything from candy bars to laundry detergent—has led to massive deforestation and turned that country into one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Back in the U.S., Don Cheadle visits Plainview, TX where a community once reliant on a meat-packing plant for its livelihood is looking for answers. Many blame the drought that caused the plant’s closure on the will of God or say it’s part of a natural cycle; however, Katharine Hayhoe—a climate scientist and Evangelical Christian—has a very different explanation. And, Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman embarks on his first of three Middle Eastern trips to examine how climate change can be a stress point in a volatile political situation and push it over the edge. In his first stop, he investigates how drought contributed to the civil war in Syria.

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL60760

ISBN: 978-1-60057-622-5

Copyright date: ©2014

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