Walking into my US hotel room this week, I was surprised to find an advert for Years of Living Dangerously @YEARSofLIVING lying on the coffee table.

I had heard that there was a new documentary series about climate change on US TV, but I hadn't appreciated that it is running at prime time, has been produced by James Cameron (The Terminator, Titanic, Avatar...), and features Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It's certainly slick, and compelling too: tackling many of the questions which viewers may already be asking. The first episode (which you can watch on youtube) addresses the current drought in Texas, which I have been quizzed about countless times whilst in New Mexico this week. Importantly, the series is also based firmly in the science, with an impressive list of experts involved.

Is this what's needed to get the general public interested in climate change? John Abraham's blog discusses some of the reasons why it might be a success.