If the Amazon tropical rainforest were to disappear, not only would an entire ecosystem vanish, but a valuable way of cooling the planet would go as well.
Rainfall is also predicted to be more intense and storms could be five times more frequent than they are at the moment. When fossil fuels are burnt, such as coalfuel oil or natural gasthe carbon emissions combine with oxygen to further thicken the Earth's atmospheric 'blanket' and thus warm the planet.
But why would any TV development team put effort into imaginative conservation programming when escapist productions are so successful — unless it were taxed?
As David Attenborough revealed when I interviewed him in "I think the environmental movement does owe quite a lot to television — that people are aware of what's happening in Africa.
The abnormally warm seas in the Atlantic had disrupted the rainfall in the forest and for similar reasons, coral reefs are also at risk, leading to the phenomenon of coral bleaching.
Meanwhile, the glaciers continue to melt: one scientist reveals that an area the size of Texas has been lost over the last 20 years. Also shown are Mr and Mrs Tan, a fictional couple who live in an average Chinese suburb.
The other is the one we see in the wildlife programs.