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How SNPLMA Wove Urban Las Vegas Back Into the Environment

The Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA) helped balance urban growth in Las Vegas with conservation and restoration throughout the state. Championed by Sen. Harry Reid, the legislation established public land auctions that generated revenue for a variety of programs, including the construction of parks, trails and visitor centers to expand access to the outdoors.

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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.
Season 3 Episode 304
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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
Season 3 Episode 303
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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.
Season 3 Episode 302
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Youth Activism

Children from across the world seek to bring accountability to the climate crisis.
Season 3 Episode 1
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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.
Season 2 Episode 206
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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.
Season 2 Episode 204
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26:04
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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.
Season 2 Episode 203
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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.
Season 2 Episode 202
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26:30
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Lighting A Path: Embracing Solar Power

Solar power is changing lives in unexpected places.
Season 2 Episode 5
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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.
Season 2 Episode 1
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