7 best climate change documentaries about the local cost of a global crisis

RTD’s climate change documentaries investigate how rising average global temperatures disrupt communities and ecosystems around the world. Our films take you to meet city dwellers in Iraq and farmers in India’s Punjab who are being badly hit by water shortages caused in part by climate change.

Indian women crowding around a well in rural Punjab. Still taken from RTD documentary H2WOE.
In rural Punjab, water shortages caused in part by climate change have got so bad the fight for water is dominating every aspect of community life.

With RTD’s climate change documentaries, you can also observe how the melting Arctic ice cap is changing the behaviour of Russian polar bears, while in Thailand, coral reefs are threatened by even small rises in ocean temperatures, and on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula, giant sinkholes are appearing in the thawing permafrost.