National Geographic to Release Documentary Series on Global Warming

Wild Edens
Wild Edens

Rosatom and National Geographic announced Tuesday at the Palace of Neptune in Madrid (Spain) the launch of a new documentary series, Wild Edens.

According to National Geographic, the series is filmed in the world’s most stunning untouched places and their inhabitants – wildlife and fauna alike, endangered by the effects of climate change.

Wild Edens is a unique project initiated by Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, the world’s leading producer of safe and clean energy, and focused on climate change and the threat it poses to the global ecosystem.

The project includes filming and broadcasting by National Geographic of a series of documentaries describing the unique ecosystems that may disappear due to global warming, if mankind fails to curtail its carbon footprint and use clean energy. Climate change may lead to the total disappearance of a number of species.

What Is Climate Change?

Climate Change refers to the change in the distribution of weather patterns over a period of time – usually measured over decades to thousands of years. Climate Change is caused by natural factors as well as human activities.

Natural factors such as variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions contribute to the change in global weather conditions. The human activities that cause Climate Change are referred to as ‘global warming’. In the modern environment science, the term ‘global warming’ is interchangeably used with Climate Change.

The main cause of global warming or the human-led Climate Change is environmental pollution which contaminates the atmosphere with pollutants such as chemicals and energies. Pollution, therefore, has become a major factor that is causing ‘global warming’ or Climate Change.

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As compared to the perils of environmental pollution that affect human health, the Climate Change brings mass destruction with floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Climate Change, which is an emerging subject in the global debate on environment, has assumed greater significance after 2016 Paris Agreement on Climate Change or Paris Climate Agreement.

It is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that aims to deal with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and overall environment protection, starting in the year 2020. As of August 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the Agreement and out of them 160 have ratified it.

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The first film in the series will center on flora and fauna in the unique natural habitats of Russia. The documentary was filmed in a number of rugged and remote locations, including the Altai Mountains, the Kamchatka Peninsula, and the Arctic.

The premiere of the first film – Wild Edens: Russia – will take place at the X International Forum ATOMEXPO 2018, which will be held on May 14-16 in Sochi (Russia). The documentary will be broadcast on the National Geographic channel in summer 2018.

Rosatom and National Geographic representatives, members of the film crew, leading industry experts, and opinion leaders attended the project launch in Madrid.

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