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Land: Gaining Ground
The survival of people and wildlife depends on the health of the land. The economic prosperity of a country is linked to the richness of its resources. But our demand for these is destroying the land and all it harbors.
Our consumption of the earth's natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years. Now, a third of the planet's land is severely degraded. Each year, we lose 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil. And at least 10,000 species go extinct every year.
The land we live on is being strained to breaking point, so restoration and conservation are key to its survival.
"earthrise" travels to the dry forests of southern Ecuador and the ancestral lands of the indigenous peoples in western Australia to learn how these communities are working to protect the unique ecosystems currently at risk due to natural and man-made disasters.
For centuries, mankind has been hooked on the concept of a mysterious continent at the end of the world. Ancient Greeks and Romans called it "the unknown southern land" and a century ago, Captain Robert Falcon Scott paid the ultimate price on his famous South Pole expedition.
Antarctica, the planet's southernmost continent, is home to spectacular biodiversity — from emperor penguins and blue whales to krill. But climate change, oil drilling and an ever-expanding commercial fishing industry are threatening this undisturbed land and its iconic creatures.
A look at how locals are finding ways to coexist with their animal neighbours in Australia and Bangladesh.
Deepak Chopra explains why there can be no solution to global warming in the absence of personal transformation.KCET Original
Brazil’s former president, Lula da Silva, is freed from jail after a Supreme Court ruling.KCET Original
After a violent confrontation at home, Anna asks Nicky for help.KCET Original
Scientists and doctors are embracing alternative concepts that Indigenous peoples have practiced for thousands of years, by using medicinal plant knowledge that informed much our pharmacopeia.KCET Original
A documentary about the burning of wood at an industrial scale for energy.KCET Original
Sami Yaffan's Russian journey continues!
Donald Trump is accused of attempting to intimidate the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine as she testified in the impeachment inquiry.
Sonia Warshawski, a Holocaust survivor, is served an eviction notice for her tailor shop, which has thrived for 35 years. She must choose between setting up a new shop or retiring.
Burying their dead, thousands of mourners march through Gaza in a funeral procession for family of eight people killed in an overnight Israeli air strike.
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