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For years, Democracy Now! has closely followed the issues of global warming and climate change. We reported live from the recent U.N. Climate Change Conferences in Warsaw, Doha, Durban, Cancún, and Copenhagen. In addition, we attended the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by Bolivia in 2010. We have interviewed many of the world’s top scientists, writers, policy makers, activists, indigenous leaders and academics who focus on these issues. We also continue to follow the local and global environmental movements who are organizing to directly confront the root causes of global warming, advocate for climate justice, and to provide sustainable alternatives.

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  • "The 11th Hour" is a new feature-length documentary on the extent and gravity of the global environmental crisis and its impact on human life as we know it. The film is produced and narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and includes interviews with Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai, physicist Stephen Hawking, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and environmentalist Bill McKibben. We play clips from the film and speak to its two...
    Aug 16, 2007 | Story
  • "This is the kind of disaster we see more and more of as we begin to change the basic physics and chemistry of the planet we live on," says McKibben, who is organizing the Nov. 3 Step It Up National Day of Climate Action. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 23, 2007 | Story
  • We spend the hour with one of the world’s leading scientists studying climate change, Tim Flannery. An Australian mammologist, palaeontologist and field zoologist, he has discovered and named more than 30 new species of mammals. He has been described as being in the league of all-time great explorers such as David Livingstone. Flannery might be best known as the author of the bestselling book "The Weather Makers: The History and Future...
    Oct 25, 2007 | Story
  • We spend the hour with one of the world’s leading scientists studying climate change, Tim Flannery. An Australian mammologist, palaeontologist and field zoologist, he has discovered and named more than thirty new species of mammals. He has been described as being in the league of all-time great explorers such as David Livingstone. Flannery might be best known as the author of the bestselling book "The Weather Makers: The History and...
    Nov 23, 2007 | Story
  • Dr. James Hansen is widely regarded as the leading climate change scientist in the country. For the past twenty-five years, he has headed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Just over a year ago, Dr. Hansen went public with a charge that made headlines around the world — that the Bush administration had been trying to silence his warnings about the urgent need to address climate change. Dr. Hansen joins us in our firehouse...
    Mar 21, 2008 | Story
  • The words "extreme weather" are rarely associated in the mainstream media with another two words: "global warming." But scientists argue that these extreme weather events are consistent with changes they have long predicted would accompany global warming. We speak to Joseph Romm of ClimateProgress.org and Perry Beeman of the Des Moines Register. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 16, 2008 | Story
  • President Bush and John McCain urge Congress to lift a federal ban on offshore oil drilling and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Their call comes as a new global warming report finds that North America is likely to experience more droughts, excessive heat and intense downpours. We speak with David Helvarg of the Blue Frontier Campaign. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 20, 2008 | Story
  • Attorney Stephen Susman helped file a groundbreaking lawsuit earlier this year on behalf of 400 Inupiat villagers in the Alaskan town of Kivalina who are being forced to relocate because of flooding caused by global warming. The suit accuses twenty oil, gas and electric companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips and Peabody, of being responsible for emitting millions of tons of greenhouse gases causing the Arctic ice to melt....
    Jul 03, 2008 | Story
  • Leading scientist John Holdren says "global warming" is not the correct term to use; he prefers "global disruption." "'Global warming' [is] misleading. It implies something that’s mainly about temperature, that’s gradual, and that’s uniform across the planet," says Holdren. "In fact, temperature is only one of the things that’s changing. It’s a sort of an index of the state...
    Jul 03, 2008 | Story
  • In Japan, world leaders at the G8 summit have announced they would work toward cutting carbon emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050. The White House hailed the declaration as a major step forward, but environmental campaigners criticized the lack of a commitment to midterm targets. Global warming ties into other big themes, such as soaring food and fuel prices, being discussed at the three-day summit. We go to Hokkaido to speak with Walden...
    Jul 08, 2008 | Story