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Fueling Change: Two Neighboring Towns Pit the Legacy of Oil Against a Renewable Future

California is famous for implementing policies to protect the environment, yet it has also been one of the biggest crude oil producers in the country since the mid-19th century. Kern County supplies more than 60 percent of the state’s high demand for oil but reserves are running out, leaving only crude that is accessible through fracking methods. 

The mayors of the neighboring towns of Taft and Arvin face off on stark differences in their administrations’ priorities. While Taft mayor Dave Noerr promotes the economic benefits and practical realities of a society demanding petroleum, Arvin mayor Jose Gurrola advocates for the health of residents and their right to clean air and water.

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The New West and the Politics of the Environment

Earth Focus tells the story of Harry Reid, a politician who grew up in an Old West mining town, saw the possibility of a New West emerging in Nevada, and rode that change to power.
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S3 E3: The Price of Gold in Peru

This episode follows chief environmental prosecutor Karina Garay as she works with the police, army and navy in destroying illegal mines and arresting miners in protected areas
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S3 E2: Coal Mining in South Africa

South Africa faces a stark reality as the continent’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.
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Youth Activism

Children from across the world seek to bring accountability to the climate crisis.
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S2 E6: Dying Oceans - Abalone Restoration In California

Off the coast of California, the disappearing abalone population is raising flags about ocean health and the lasting impact of rising sea temperatures, acidification and pollution.
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26:40
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S2 E4: Dairy Alternatives - Rethinking Milk In California and Kenya

The realities of milk production are forcing dairy communities across the globe to rethink the dairy production process.
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S2 E3: Building A Future - Lumber Poaching In Oregon and Brazil

Following groups like “Guardians of the Forest,” we explore illegal lumber poaching in the forests of Brazil and Oregon, where citizens and scientists are working together to combat the illegal lumber trade.
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24:40
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S2 E2: Avocado Wars – The Battle Over Water Rights In Chile

The global demand for avocados is having a devastating impact on a drought-stricken community in Chile.
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Lighting A Path: Embracing Solar Power

Solar power is changing lives in unexpected places.
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Fueling Change: Oil Extraction in Alaska & California

Global demand for oil and gas has long-lasting impacts on the communities that supply it.
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