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Not to Handle

HBO: Too Hot Not to Handle


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Heat waves. Melting glaciers. Rising sea levels. Catastrophic storms. Migrating viruses. Population displacement. Over the past 100 years, the mass consumption of fossil fuels, especially in America, has contributed to a dangerous warming of the earth that has adversely impacted the way we live. TOO HOT NOT TO HANDLE debuts on Earth Day, SATURDAY, APRIL 22 (7:00-8:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

A primer on global warming, TOO HOT NOT TO HANDLE features contributions from leading scientists in the field. In addition to in-depth discussions of such subjects as the greenhouse effect, hurricanes, snowpack, hybrid vehicles and alternative power, the film shows how businesses, local governments and citizens are taking positive actions to reduce global warming emissions.

"My personal hope is that every viewer will be inspired to become part of the solution to reducing our carbon emissions," says executive producer Laurie David. "As the film shows, everything we need to address this pressing problem already exists, but the time to act is now."

Scientists are sure that we are changing the climate for the foreseeable future. "What we are not sure about is whether or not we all be able to live with those changes," comments William Collins, Ph.D., climate scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Says Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D., professor, Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University, "The people who left New Orleans are certainly weather refugees. Environmental pressures like global warming in some places make people move. If there was one lesson from Hurricane Katrina, it is that even in a modern and highly industrialized society, our ability to deal with nasty climate events is extremely limited. The thing that really worries me about this problem is not what we know, but what we don't know."

Among the scientists featured in TOO HOT NOT TO HANDLE are: William Collins, Ph.D., climate scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Kerry Emanuel, Ph.D., professor, Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Science, MIT; Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., associate director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School; Jonathan Foley, Ph.D., director, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Martin Hoffert, Ph.D., professor emeritus of physics, New York University; Laurence S. Kalkstein, Ph.D., senior research fellow, Center for Climatic Research, University of Delaware; Donald Kennedy, Ph.D., editor-in-chief, Science; Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D., professor, Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University; Jonathan Patz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Global Environmental Health Initiative, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Terry L. Root, Ph.D., senior fellow, Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Stanford University; Stephen Schneider, Ph.D., co-director, Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Stanford University; Daniel Schrag, Ph.D., professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University; Richard Somerville, Ph.D., distinguished professor, Climate Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD; James Gustave Speth, J.D., dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University; Kevin Trenberth, Sc.D., head, Climate Analysis Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research; and Tom Wigley, Ph.D., senior scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

TOO HOT NOT TO HANDLE is executive produced by Laurie David; produced by Susan Lester and Joseph Lovett; edited by Tom Haneke; written by Susan Joy Hassol; segment directors, Maryann De Leo and Ellen Goosenberg Kent; segment producers, Vibha Bakshi and Rosemary Sykes; original music by Joel Goodman. For Lovett Productions: executive producer, Joseph Lovett. For HBO: supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

Read an Interview with executive producer Laurie David who discusses this important new film.