9-part groundbreaking series featured Conservation International’s Board Vice Chairman, President, and Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist
Arlington, Va. USA – The landmark series, which featured leadership from Conservation International, has been honored with the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series Emmy® award.
Years of Living Dangerously
was the first documentary series devoted on climate change ever to appear on a major network or premium cable. Its nine episodes were produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Daniel Abbasi and three former 60 Minutes producers.
The series offered first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change through a collaboration between some of Hollywood’s biggest actors and producers, along with the country’s leading news journalists and scientists. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, Years showed “how climate change is far more than an environmental issue. It’s a human issue. And it’s the greatest challenge of our time,” said M. Sanjayan
, Conservation International’s Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist who appeared in two of the episodes.
In the first two episodes, Conservation International’s Board Vice Chairman Harrison Ford
and President Russ Mittermeier
investigated the burgeoning demand of palm oil and its link to global warming.
Traveling nearly 20,000 feet to reach glaciers on top of an Andean volcano in the series’ finale, Sanjayan interviewed some of the world's top climate scientists as they collected ice cores in hopes of unlocking the future of the planet's changing climate by studying its past. In addition to the harrowing Andes trek, Sanjayan also visited Christmas Island in episode three to discuss the recorded environmental information found in corals with Georgia Tech Climatologist Dr. Kim Cobb.
Nominees for the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series included: American Masters (PBS), COSMOS (FOX/NatGeo), Pioneers of Television (PBS), The World Wars (History), and Years of Living Dangerously (Showtime). The entire series will be available on DVD September 7, 2014.
About Conservation International (CI)
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity for the well-being of people. Founded in 1987, CI is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area and employs more than 800 staff in 30 countries on six continents, and has nearly 1,000 partners around the world. For more information, please visit our website at: www.conservation.org/
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