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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows scientists and visionaries working together to try to combat global warming and offers explanations about the pros and cons of potential solutions.
Violence & Scariness
Includes discussions about global warming's harm to planetary life as well talk of past and future natural disasters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this educational series -- which follows a team of globe-trotting scientists as they help researchers find ways to counter the effects of global warming -- is relatively mild, some of the discussions about the negative impact that climate change is having on the planet could upset young and/or sensitive viewers. The show's scientific focus may not interest some kids, but tweens and teens interested in science, engineering, and/or environmentalism will find it worth watching.
Is It Any Good?
This informative series candidly addresses global warming as a major and immediate crisis. But it goes beyond simply describing the problem (and its potential calamitous effects, i.e. natural disasters) by showing how scientists and other experts are actively working to develop and test creative solutions that merge technology with nature. While the success of some of the projects is exciting, team members also acknowledge that implementing them could cause new problems -- like creating large carbon footprints and requiring governments to come up with billions of dollars to pay for them. It also recognizes the danger that scientists sometimes face when applying technology to fight global warming.
Some of the science-oriented conversation -- as well as the continual references to environmental crisis and natural disasters -- may be a bit overwhelming or even scary for young and/or sensitive viewers. But overall Discovery Project Earth offers some important lessons for both kids and adults that go beyond science. The series shows viewers that sometimes it's necessary to think outside the box and be willing to try things that might seem strange or impossible. And it reminds us of how important it is to keep looking for solutions to problems that can seem too massive to solve.
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