New ‘NOVA’ Episode Will “Heat Up” Discussions On Climate Change

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Climate change is real.  As much as some parties might want to continue denying that truth, the fact is that it is real.  What’s more humans are having an impact on the natural process.  More than two years ago, PBS tackled the topic in an episode of its hit science-based series NOVA in the form of the episode Decoding the Weather Machine.  Late last month, the network, along with its distribution wing – PBS Distribution — followed up that episode when it released another episode of NOVA titled simply Can We Cool The Planet?  The nearly hour-long episode of NOVA continues the discussion started in the prior episode by discussing the varied efforts to help reduce carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere.  That central story forms the foundation of this episode and makes it quite engaging.  It will be addressed shortly.  The discussions that will stem from the concepts make for their own important factor here.  This will be discussed a little later.  The pacing of the overall discussion rounds out the program’s most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this episode of NOVA.  All things considered they make this episode of NOVA a presentation that is sure to make discussions “heat up” on climate change.

NOVA’s latest episode focusing on the topic of climate change is a good companion piece to the series’ previously released climate change-focused episode Decoding the Weather Machine.  This is proven in part through its central story.  The story in question focuses on the topic of the varied efforts being taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Earth’s atmosphere.  Saying that those methods are varied is an understatement. Viewers will be quite interested for instance to learn about the machines that are already in use to collect carbon dioxide from the air.  It is just one of the many methods that are being used and tested.  Another method being proposed and tested is the use of water, laden with carbon dioxide that is then placed back in the ground, effectively putting the carbon back into the ground that has been removed.  There are also scientists who are investigating and testing the possibility of recycling the carbon collected from carbon dioxide to help in the creation of everyday household items.  The varied methods continue from here.  There is what is known as “carbon neutral” fuel and even using carbon to help with composting and agriculture in general, as well as a process called “cloud lightening,” which is exactly what it sounds like; an attempt to use aerosols to lighten clouds, and in turn using that lightness to  reflect more sunlight.  Simply put, a lot of different methods are presented here, and the ultimate takeaway is that it is encouraging that so many people are working to reduce the planet’s temperature, which is increasing in distinct part because of carbon dioxide levels in the air.  What’s more, it may take every method featured in this episode to finally cool the planet.  Staying on that matter, the discussions on whether one proposed method, all of them, or even one not yet discovered, adds to the appeal of this episode of NOVA.

The discussions that are sure to rise from Can We Cool the Planet? will be in-depth.  Going back to the varied methods proposed and tested, audiences will note the there is no bias toward one or another.  Even in the discussion on the impact of mass tree planting, it is noted that the method in question had (and has) detractors.  That in itself will certainly generate discussion.  That is because there has been a mantra for ages that trees are so important.  This critic is not denying their importance in addressing the planet’s carbon dioxide levels.  The methodology here, though is interesting.  The revelation of how much effort it would take to build enough carbon dioxide scrubbers in order to really make an impact on the planet’s carbon dioxide levels is eye-opening.  It is sure to generate discussions about the usefulness (or lack thereof) of the devices.  On yet   another level, the pros of carbon neutral fuels versus their very high cost, which have been hotly debated among politicians and ecologists the world over for cars and planes, will come up among viewers here, too.  Yet again, there is no bias one way or another in this topic’s discussion in the program, but supporters and opponents of the topic are sure to have their own discussions after watching this episode.  This is another way in which the episode stands out.  The pacing of all of the discussions overall puts the finishing touch to this presentation.

There are a lot of topics approached in NOVA: Can We Cool the Planet?  Considering all of those topics, it would have been so easy for the program to get bogged down in itself.  That is especially the case considering that the topics are handled in the standard run time of 53 minutes.  That standard time for NOVA’s episodes does not leave a lot of time to cover each proposed and method of carbon reduction.  Yet, the episode’s creative team makes the most of that time, allowing just enough discussion on each.  The result is that audiences will never feel lost within the episode or left behind.  That is a testament to the work put in to the episode’s creation.  It paid off fully. Keeping that in mind, this aspect joins with the episode’s content and its resultant discussions, the program in whole proves to be another unforgettable and necessary episodes of NOVA.  To that end, this episode becomes unquestionably one of this year’s top new documentaries. 

NOVA: Can We Cool the Planet? is a wonderful companion piece to PBS’ previous climate  change-based NOVA episode Decoding the Weather Machine.  That is proven in large part through its central story.  The story focuses on the myriad ways in which people and companies around the world are working to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.  The discussions that the presentation will definitely generate build on the foundation formed by the episode’s story.  The episode’s pacing puts the final touch to the program, ensuring in its own way, viewers’ maintained engagement and entertainment.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this episode of NOVA.  All things considered, they make the episode a presentation that will make talks on climate change really “heat up.”  NOVA: Can We Cool the Planet? is available now.

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