Extreme Realities

Severe Weather, Climate Change, and Our National Security


What's Happening to Our Weather?



Just pick up any newspaper or watch any television news report and it becomes evident that unprecedented extreme weather events such as severe drought and heat waves, more intense hurricanes, increased tornado and wildfire activity, and crippling blizzards are leaving a trail of death and destruction throughout the world.

In the wake of these disasters, we ask ourselves these fundamental questions: Are these merely weather events that happen once in a hundred years — or are they early warning signals of a new reality — a new normal — a tipping point pushing our planet towards an environmental cliff? And can we stop this from happening?

Extreme Realities investigates the link between severe weather, climate change, and threats to our national security.

Narrated by Matt Damon and produced by Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Marilyn & Hal Weiner, Extreme Realities is a one hour, prime-time PBS documentary. It is the 13th episode of the award-winning television series Journey to Planet Earth.

Appearing in the film are:
Jim Yong Kim • Tom Friedman • Lester Brown • James Woolsey • Carol Browner • Sherri Goodman •
Kurt Campbell • Christian Parenti • Phil Radford • Paul O’Brien • Andrew Light • Carl Hedde •
Thad Allen • Thomas Armstrong • Robert Freling • Heidi Cullen • Keya Chatterjee

Extreme Realities was made possible by major funding from the Wallace Genetic Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and contributors to the ETV Endowment of South Carolina.

Additional funding provided by Munich Re America, Eric Clough, The Henry Foundation, and Whole Systems Foundation.