“Racing Extinction,” Oscar®-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos’ follow up to “The Cove,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film explores the exploitation of endangered species, ocean acidification, and mass extinction. The filmmakers looked to FLIR to help visualize CO2 emissions from human activity – something that is otherwise hidden in plain sight.

Equipping themselves with a FLIR SC8300 thermal imaging camera with a special filter to highlight gas, the filmmakers were able to capture compelling imagery for the film. In the sequence below, the team drives around Los Angeles, capturing emissions from aircraft, rush hour traffic, factories, and industrial plants. Learn more about how an infrared camera can image CO2 gas.