The Climate DeskThe topic of global warming frequently grabs headlines. Now the issue is center stage at Britain’s National Theater, where playwright Mike Bartlett’s new play Earthquakes in London has received buzz for its apocalyptic view of a world in chaos due to global warming. The script features a scientist who suppressed his prescient understanding of the impact of carbon emissions, only to lose faith in the future of mankind.

PBS’s Need to Know guest host Leslie Hart speaks with Rupert Goold, the Olivier-award-winning British director at the helm of the three-hour epic. Goold is also artistic director of the Headlong Theatre Company and an associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this podcast, Goold discusses the aim and impact of Earthquakes in London. He also calls upon scientists to more clearly communicate their warnings regarding global warming.

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This story was produced by PBS: Need to Know for the Climate Desk collaboration.