Neonicotinoids: The New DDT? | Link TV
Neonicotinoids: The New DDT?
Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. But they've been linked to the decline of honeybees, which pollinate many food crops. And scientists now say neonicotinoids also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. These pervasive insecticides damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles rely on for food. "We are witnessing a threat to the productivity of our natural and farmed environment equivalent to that posed by organophosphates or DDT," says Dr. Jean Marc Bonmatin, the lead author of an October 2014 report by the international Task Force on Systemic Pesticides. DDT was banned in 1972 due to both environmental and human health concerns.
Forecasts are dire for Louisiana to experience the second-highest sea level rise in the world. How is the region adapting?
Droughts and floods are driving many people away from their rural, farming communities into big cities.
Two cities, San Francisco and Freetown, brace for climate change using vastly different methodologies.
Anticipating future water needs, two regions on opposite sides of the world turn to technology for answers.
This documentary explores why desert tortoises are a threatened species and how people can change the environment through seemingly innocent actions.
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Anticipating future water needs, two regions on opposite sides of the world turn to technology for answers. Western Morocco, near the Sahara Desert, is currently facing unprecedented drought and groundwater mismanagement. But an ancient method of gathering moisture from fog is being taught to 13 villages, allowing people to have a level of local control over their most basic need. In Central Valley, California, the food basket of the world uses nearly 80 percent of the entire state's water supply.
Communities and innovators all over the world are creating new sustainable food sources that are resilient to climate change and growing populations. In Madagascar, we see how villagers are closing off marine areas to allow the fish supply to replenish at a natural pace. In San Diego, California, aquaculturists are exploring open ocean farming as a more sustainable model for the fishing industry.
With so much biodiversity in the highly urban area of Los Angeles, species are thriving despite human interference, and in some cases because of it.
Louisiana still is learning from Hurricane Katrina. Forecasts are dire for Louisiana to experience the second-highest sea level rise in the world. There is a big movement brewing in New Orleans to build adaptive "resilience zones." In Southeast Louisiana, the native peoples of the Isle de Jean Charles have become the first U.S citizens moving within their homeland displaced by climate change.
Populations are dramatically shifting as climate change drives migration. Droughts and floods are driving many people away from their rural, farming communities into big cities. We see how this is manifesting in Mongolia and examine the factors leading to the new community of Haitian people living in limbo at the border between Mexico and the U.S.
Two cities, San Francisco and Freetown, brace for climate change using vastly different methodologies. San Francisco's developers are building expensive real estate on floodplains as officials try to heed expert projections on future sea levels. On the other side of the world, a deadly mudslide caused by torrential rains and deforestation in Sierra Leone shows the consequences of city planning that doesn't take climate change into account.
The Pomo people have been in California for millennia. This video explores the history of the Pomo people and the fight to keep their traditions alive.KCET Original
Two cities, San Francisco and Freetown, brace for climate change using vastly different methodologies.KCET Original
Anticipating future water needs, two regions on opposite sides of the world turn to technology for answers.KCET Original
Alicia and Diego's wedding movie reveals some secrets.KCET Original
George crisscrosses Laos to witness a nation entering the modern world.KCET Original
A radio host, a photographer, a Rabòday singer and a creole rapper showcase a hopeful image of Haiti in the aftermath of its devastating natural disasters.
Alicia and Diego's wedding movie reveals some secrets.
The spirited Los Angeles River gushes from the mountains only to be forced into a concrete corset in downtown LA.
George crisscrosses Laos to witness a nation entering the modern world.