Showtime has posted online the first full episode of James Cameron’s astounding climate change documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously.”

Cameron’s newest project is a nine-part series that shows the human side of global warming. In addition to the “Avatar” director, “Years” is produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Weintraub — who together with former 60 Minutes producers, have won a combined total of 18 Emmys.

After watching the first episode, panel moderator and former EPA Administrator Carol Browner said, “I’ve seen a hundred shows on climate change and I’ve seen all the graphs and charts…. But really in my experience, this is the first time it is about people.”

“Everybody thinks that this is about melting glaciers and polar bears,” says Cameron in the trailer. “I think it’s a big mistake. This is 100-percent a people story.”

In order to narrate these powerful stories, the series engaged top-flight journalists Chris Hayes and Matt Friedman, as well as some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, Ian Somerholder, and Harrison Ford.

“This is not just going to be a landmark climate change series, it is going to be a landmark television series, like Ken BurnsThe Civil War. It is what everyone is going to be talking about from April to June,” said Chief Science Advisor, Joe Romm.

“As the latest international climate report makes clear, climate change is happening right here, right now — in America and around the world. It is the biggest story of our time, and it needs a big platform to tell it,” he added.

David Nevins, Showtime’s president of entertainment — the architect of hits like “Homeland” and “Masters of Sex” — explained that he will be airing “Years of Living Dangerously” on Sunday nights “because I want to signal to the audience: This show matters. This is a big show.”

Check out the first episode below.

“Years Of Living Dangerously” premieres Sunday on Showtime, April 13 at 10PM EDT/PDT.

Photo Credit: “Years of Living Dangerously” website

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  • rusty57

    It could get an Emmy in the fiction category.

    • CB

      … and why would you think that?

      If you understand we have raised atmospheric CO₂ past the point where polar ice caps have ever shown themselves able to persist, in all of Earth’s history, why wouldn’t you think a massive climate catastrophe is on the way?

      Did you think 246 feet of sea level rise wouldn’t affect you?

      • rusty57

        246 feet of sea level rise? As I said, fiction.

      • CB

        Is it?

        NASA says there is 246 feet of sea level rise locked up in polar ice caps (75 meters == 256 feet):

        “Greenland and Antarctica contain about 75% of the world’s fresh water, enough to raise sea level by over 75 meters, if all the ice were returned to the oceans.”

        (from NASA’s Polar Ice Fact Sheet, “Global Warming and Land Ice”)

        Which space agency informs you otherwise?

      • rusty57

        Maybe you should start building an ark.

      • CB

        Uh huh, and how might you build a ship for the 3 billion people who are going to be displaced because of our emission of CO₂?

      • Helen W

        Really? 3,000,000,000 people are suddenly going to be swamped with water, and need a ship?

        I think what is really, really missing here is a brain — yours. What do you say, SkyHunter? Do you know where she lost it? Or did she ever have one in the first place?

  • mememine

    What century is this? Politicians are promising to make the weather nicer and colder by taxing the air we breathe with bankster funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by trustworthy Greenzi politicians?
    We dare any of you remaining Climate Blame “believers” to actually say out lout that you are still a climate blame believer and see who gets stuck with the bar bill.
    And get up to date;
    *Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.
    *Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).

    *32 more years of “95%” scientific certainty that THE END IS NEAR is anything you want to be except sustainable in “belief”. REAL planet lovers are happy a crisis wasn’t real, the rest of you just must hate humanity itself.