ENVIRONMENT
12/15/2014 11:10 am ET Updated Dec 16, 2014

New PBS Special 'Extreme Realities' Explores Security Threat From Climate Change

What kind of new realities will climate change bring this century? The latest episode in the PBS series "Journey to Planet Earth" explores the rising threat of extreme weather and the effects climate change is already having on the geopolitical landscape around the world.

Narrated by Matt Damon, "Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change and Our National Security" also features World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, journalist Thomas Friedman and others.

In the clip above, viewers are introduced to the rising tensions on the border between Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to sea level rise. Climate change, along with economic hardship and other factors, may force an even greater number of Bangladeshis to seek refuge in India.

Unfortunately this problem isn't limited to the region. It would be "perhaps possible for the international community to deal with" this if it were an isolated incident, Former Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell explains in the video. But "the issues associated with ... climate refugees are not going to strike in one place," he says. "They’re going to strike consequentially around the globe."

Watch a second exclusive clip below and tune in to PBS at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, December 15 to see the entire hour-long documentary.

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