Before the Flood - watch and explore

The much anticipated climate change documentary “Before the Flood,” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, is now available for free viewing. Over 50 experts contributed additional background information, which you can explore on the website accompanying the film. Climate Analytics experts contributed sections on regional climate impacts.

Date31 October 2016


The National Geographic Channel has made the full documentary available for viewing free of charge


Over 50 world renowned experts contributed additional information about climate change science, impacts and responses to climate change.

Climate Analytics experts contributed sections on climate impacts which details how world regions will be affected by climate change.

Central and South America
The region of Central and South America encompasses a rich diversity of ecosystems and climatic zones, ranging from deserts to mountain glaciers and tropical rainforests. Despite economic improvements over recent decades, poverty levels remain high, and the poor remain highly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. Read more

Small Islands
Small islands are exposed to the impacts of climate change in many different ways. Most of economic activity in small islands is located at the coast line, and is often linked to marine activities. Due to their unique setting they are both particularly vulnerable to a range of impacts and in addition they are not easily reached in time of crisis. In addition to slow-onset events, including sea-level rise and other oceanic impacts, extremes such as tropical cyclones pose severe threats to small island livelihoods. Read more

North America
North America has already experienced a change in climate and an increased occurrences of extreme weather events. In particular, the frequency of heatwaves and extreme precipitation events has risen, and the amount of water stored in spring snowpack has declined. These trends are expected to continue in the coming decades, although at different paces in different regions. Read more

Europe and Russia
The European continent spans a range of countries and climates, from Iceland and the Atlantic coast in the west part to the Urals in the East, which delineate the European and Asian parts of Russia and from the Arctic ocean in the north to the Caucasus in the South. Consequences of climate change differ across the region as a result of climatic as well as socio-economic characteristics. Read more

The Australasian region spans multiple climatic zones and is characterised by a high natural climatic variability. The whole region has already shown a consistent warming trend over the past few decades, and this is likely to continue over the rest of the century, based on findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Climate change AR5, WGII A number of floods, droughts, bushfires and other extreme events have hit the region in recent years, causing substantial damage and underlining the vulnerability of the region to climate change. Read more

As Asia spans many different climatic zones, Asian countries will be differently affected by climate change. Climate change in Asia interacts with other megatrends such as population growth, rapid urbanisation and economic development, and will likely have negative effects for the sustainable development of most Asian developing countries. Read more

Despite their high diversity, many African countries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and face multiple challenges such as poverty, food insecurity, conflicts and ecosystem degradation, based on findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Climate change AR5, WGII. Africa interacts with these conditions and other megatrends such as rapid population growth and urbanisation to create high risks for both rural and urban populations. Read more