BBC promises its "most ambitious year" of climate change coverage ever

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by Josh Peachey

The BBC has promised to do more climate change coverage, including special programming, digital coverage and debates, than ever before. 

Under the BBC’s Our Planet Matters banner, BBC News and wider programming has outlined aims of reporting on all aspects of the environment and challenges facing our planet, both at a local and global level.

Senior figures at the BBC are looking ahead to the UN’s international conference on climate change, which comes to the UK in autumn.

New programmes that the broadcaster will put out includes 'Climate Check' from BBC Weather, a weekly global climate podcast from BBC World Service, new current affairs series 'Ade On The Frontline Of Climate Change' on BBC Two, and Simon Reeve's series exploring South America and the Amazon rainforest.

BBC Weather's new monthly Climate Check segment will look at at things like CO2 emissions, sea temperatures and Arctic sea ice measurements

BBC Director of News, Fran Unsworth, says: “The challenge of climate change is the topic of our age and we will be at the heart of the debate. Our audiences around the world have long been affected by the science, politics, business and human impact of climate change. This is part of our commitment to Our Planet Matters and we have many exciting new commissions across news and current affairs with informative, accessible expertise, to help audiences keep up with this vital story.”

“We are very aware of our own impact on the environment and our responsible travel policy means we only fly when necessary. We want to use digital technology to bring people together and cover this issue for as wide a range of audiences as possible.”

Chris Packham will investigate the impact of a growing population in a documentary

Other coverage coming up this year includes 'Sir David Attenborough presenting Extinction: The Facts', a one-hour BBC One documentary looking at the fragile state of the natural world and Chris Packham investigating the effects of a growing human population in '7.7 Billion People And Counting' on BBC Two.

BBC Director of Content, Charlotte Moore, says: “The launch of Our Planet Matters on the BBC last year has really resonated with audiences and I’m excited to see news and current affairs join this ongoing commitment to explore the environment and the challenges facing our planet through a range of content to help inform audiences over the years ahead.”

As well as programming, the BBC has pledged to step up its own commitment to creating a positive environmental impact by working towards making its operations carbon neutral. 

The public-service broadcaster cut carbon emissions by 78% last year after purchasing renewable electricity to match that used at major sites.