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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. Featured in the documentary is the President of the Biosphere 2 Foundation Abigail Alling, marine biologist and coral expert Phil Dustan, captain of the Mir research sailing vessel Mark Van Thillo, and Nono Suparno, a leading conservationist in Bali.

“Vanishing Coral” comes during a pivotal time when coral reef populations are declining at a rapid pace. In 2016, a warm spell attributed to climate change caused bleaching of one-third of the Great Barrier Reef along the eastern coast of Australia that is 5,000 to 10,000 years old. Reefs in the Florida Keys have declined by 80 percent over the past three decades and scientists warn that all Caribbean coral could disappear in the next 20 years. One of the most diverse and complex ecosystems on the planet, the coral reefs provide livelihoods, food and important shoreline protection in many regions. Though they make up less than 1 percent of the oceans, reefs are home to 25 percent of fish and other marine life.

Funding for this program was provided by the Orange County Community Foundation and individual donors. “Vanishing Coral” was produced and directed by Stephen Olsson, CEM Productions.The "Earth Focus" series was created by Raisa Scriabine.

For action resources and to learn more about the issues, visit our special CORAL pages, and these articles:

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Earth Focus

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.
A member of a military operation to crack down on illegal gold mining in Peru. | Max Baring/Thomson Reuters Foundation
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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
A miner emerges from an abandoned mine in South Africa carrying a heavy sack of coal on his back. | Courtesy of of Thomson Reuters Foundation
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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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26:39
Earth Focus

Youth Activism

Children from across the world seek to bring accountability to the climate crisis.
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26:40
Earth Focus

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.
Dairy in California | Photo by Artifact for Earth Focus
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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.
A guardian of Brazil's Amazon Rainforest watches as a fire burns the remains of lumber poachers. | Still from "Earth Focus"
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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.
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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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