Hot enough for ya? Investigating climate change in "Heat"

by Carolyn Gramling
Thursday, January 5, 2012

In FRONTLINE's urgent, ambitious new special "Heat," producer and reporter Martin Smith takes on a sweeping canvas of climate change, journeying from the disappearing glaciers of the Himalayas to the cement factories of India to the coal mines of the United States. There's a revealing look into the U.S.' role in the climate change conference in Bali last December, as well as into the plans of China's largest car company.

The message is, by now, a familiar one to anyone who saw "An Inconvenient Truth" or has heard of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: We need to do something about greenhouse gases, we need international cooperation to do it and it needs to happen soon.

But the show's power is in its sheer scale. Unlike "An Inconvenient Truth," in which Al Gore was very much the centerpiece, whether narrating a cerebral PowerPoint show or revealing a more emotional, personal side, "Heat" has a vast cast of characters, including scientists, CEOs, politicians and engineers, and Smith visits them all over the world (and often asks them some tough questions). It's well worth a watch - catch it tonight on PBS, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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