Mercury Rising

With Matt Damon

Why this story needs to be told

If we can all engage with these issues then we can really do quite a bit, we have a hand in shaping what the world that our children inherit and our grandchildren inherit, it looks like, and that’s the good news.

Matt Damon

Spotlight Video

Matt Damon talks with Rupa Basu about her research into heat waves and vulnerable populations and just how bad things could get for the next generation.


In Mercury Rising, Matt Damon takes us on an investigation of the impact of extreme heat and heat waves on human health and mortality.  Rising temperatures are a silent killer of thousands, tens of thousands and perhaps even hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.

With a focus on startling new research from leading scientists, epidemiologists and investigators from the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency and UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Mercury Rising reveals the way that climate change and rising temperatures are becoming a public health emergency locally, nationally and globally.


San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA

Meet The Characters

Your children are supposed to bury you, you're not supposed to bury your children. The weather is changing. It's getting hotter. It's definitely getting hotter. That's a lesson we need to know that heat will take it away from you.

Mr. Jones, Father of heat stroke victim, Forest Jones

Behind The Scenes

Science Behind The Story

Rising global temperatures are causing heat waves to become more frequent, more intense, and persist for longer periods of time.


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