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Parents' Guide to

Discovery Project Earth

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Experts test creative solutions to global warming.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Not Metric

While the concept for the series is good it is spoilt by usanian obsession with imperial measures. Australia like the rest of the world outside of the USA and the sciences is metric. Why not use SI units? I like most people in the world I am getting annoyed at having to do imperial to metric conversions while watching discovery films.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

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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