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Showtime Will Air Climate Change Doc Series 'Years of Living Dangerously,' Executive Produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Showtime, currently in the midst of exploring "The Untold History of the United States" with Oliver Stone, will venture into the topic of climate change in the network's next nonfiction series, "Years of Living Dangerously." The project, which will run for six to eight hour-long episodes and will be broadcast in 2013, is a starry one being executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joel Bach and David Gelber of "60 Minutes" and climate expert Daniel Abbasi. Celebs who'll serve as on-the-ground narrators include Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin, with journalist Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Mark Bittman and Chris Hayes reporting from the field.

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Climate change is particularly pressing topic in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and in the announcement Cameron says of the project that "We'll make it exciting. We'll make it investigative. We'll bring people the truth. And people are always hungry for the truth." Cameron's most recent film as a director, 2009's "Avatar," dealt with environmental themes, including how humanity had depleted Earth's resources and threatened those on the habitable moon of Pandora, on which mining for minerals has begun.

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  • Thuy Usahi | October 9, 2013 7:29 PMReply

    "We are facing a tipping point of environmental crisis unprecedented in human history and our very survival is dependent on protecting nature." -Leonardo DiCaprio

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    FACT: Our Oceans only survive because of the existence of our Marine Wildlife. They are the #Lifeblood of our aquatic world. We ground bound humans derive over 50% of our much needed oxygen as a byproduct of our seas. If we do not preserve and protect all Marine Wildlife we will soon find ourselves gasping for breath.

    FACT: Over 40% of the Earth’s critical oxygen supply emanates from our world’s forests. One of our most productive ecological treasures is the rainforests of Indonesia. THIS AREA STORES MORE CARBON THAN THE ENTIRE WORLD EMITS IN 9 YEARS. This gem is also home to several critically endangered species like the Elephant, the Rhino, the Orangutan, and the Sumatran Tiger. These iconic creatures have a major positive impact on the world’s environment, unlike human beings. They are the IRREPLACEABLE GARDENERS of our forests. Despite their rich ecological value, these forest habitats are constantly under threat of damage and destruction. Global Corporations, interested in profits and not ecology, are constantly wiping out our precious forests by logging the land and replanting palm oil plantations.

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    FACT: The number of tree species in ALL of North America is LESS than the number of tree species that can occur in just 25 Acres (10 Hectares) in the rainforests of Borneo. In analyzing satellite data, Greenpeace finds that some 300,000 hectares of Indonesia's rainforests were cleared for oil palm plantations between 2009 and 2011 alone! This kind of bio-diversity is crucial for survival and its destruction should never have been allowed!

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