Earth Focus

Tortoise In Peril

Episode 75

Desert tortoises are a threatened species. Habitat destruction, diseases and other factors have reduced their numbers by up to 90 percent. Now flocks of ravens, that often live off human trash, are eating baby tortoises, reducing the odds of tortoise survival as a species. This documentary explores that impact, pointing out how people can change the environment through seemingly innocent actions.

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A group of women in Zanzibar studies solar installation. | Nicky Milne/Thomson Reuters Foundation
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S2 E5: Lighting A Path - Embracing Solar Power In California and Zanzibar

Solar power is changing lives in unexpected places. This episode visits with unique solar power training programs in Zanzibar and Los Angeles.
Episode 205
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25:26
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City Planning (San Francisco & Freetown, Sierra Leone)

San Francisco's developers are building expensive real estate on floodplains, as officials try to heed expert future sea level projections. 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.
Episode 102
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26:40
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Vanishing Coral

“Vanishing Coral” presents the personal story of scientists and naturalists who are working with local communities to protect coral reefs that are being destroyed by warming seas, pollution, and destructive fishing practices.
Episode 74
Can Religion Save the Environment?
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25:02
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Can Religion Save The Environment?

Led by Buddhist monks, Cambodia's indigenous Chong people protest the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The dam, to be built by the Chinese company Sinohydro, would displace the Chong and destroy their ancestral forest home. Kalyanne Mam documents their plight in her film "Fight For Areng Valley." China is beginning to draw on its religious traditions — Tibetan Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism — to help address serious environmental challenges as profiled in Gary Marcuse and Shi Lihong's film "Searching for Sacred Mountain."
Episode 72
Elephants
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26:40
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Illicit Ivory

Elephants have lived in the savannas and forests of Africa for more than two million years. They are the largest land animals on Earth – and one of the most intelligent. They feel emotions like grief and joy. Can they even survive in the wild anymore?
Episode 71
Climate Change: Rising Cost
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26:40
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Climate Change: The Rising Cost

The cost of climate change is rising and its consequences are increasingly threatening our national security.
Episode 70
Bees
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26:44
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Neonicotinoids: The New DDT?

Neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides in the world, have been linked to the decline of honeybees, which pollinate many food crops.
Episode 69
Earth Focus: Food Heroes
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26:37
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Food Heroes

"Earth Focus" visits sites of healthy food innovation in America.
Episode 68
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26:40
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Mining Battles: Uranium, Coal and Gold

An impoverished former mining community in Colorado, endangered rhinos' new threat, and gold mining in Ecuador.
Episode 67
Earth Focus: Tackling Ocean Challenges
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26:40
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Tackling Ocean Challenges

Oceans support life, yet they are overfished, polluted, and, with global climate change, are becoming increasingly acidic.
Episode 66
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