Discovery Channel Discovers Testicles. Will Air Climate Change Doc in US
December 12, 2011
The Discovery Channel is set to air the documentary series, which is co-produced by the BBC, thoughout North America next March.
It will encompass all seven episodes, including the controversial program on climate change, which will be hosted by Sir David Attenborough.
On that seventh episode, the famed British naturalist will investigate what rising temperatures will mean for the planet and life on it.
After much debate about whether it would be shown in the US not, prompting concern American viewers will not learn about climate change at the Poles, the network announced Tuesday, that it would be screened.
The airing of the final episode of Frozen Planet will have a huge impact on the ongoing debate about global warming.
The notion that a series exploring the Arctic, which is considered ground zero for global warming, would exclude the episode incited widespread questionsand concern, and today AP reports that Discovery has decided to air the series in full. It will premiere in the U.S. on March 18 with the first six episodes narrated by Alec Baldwin.
Discovery had previously said they would make sure to include some discussion of climate change in the other episodes, which trace the exceptional seasonal cycle in the Arctic and Antarctica. But Dr. Mark Brandon, who served as an academic consultant on the series, said that it’s important to put climate change information in a separate installment to make clear “the difference between the largest seasonal change on the planet and the observations of longer term change.”
I don’t believe it’s controversial, the only controversial element in climate change is to what degree it’s anthropocentric, what degree humans have been responsible, but the facts of climate change are scientifically established facts and I don’t think we go beyond that.
Dr. Brandon has also indicated that the episode will not focus on the human influence on climate:
If you were to imagine an episode where people just talked about, you know, humans are doing this, humans are doing that, that wouldn’t fit in with the rest of the story. What would make perfect sense if you’re telling the story of the polar regions is to talk about how they’re changing in the context of the animals and the environments that you’ve shown through the previous six hours of episodes.