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1 DVD (132 min.) Explores the indelible footprint that humans have left on this planet, and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse, and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity.
The following are a selection of streaming videos available through the University Libraries:
A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow - up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes - in moments both private and public - as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. 2017
Modern industrial agriculture is destroying the earth: desertification, water scarcity, toxic cocktails of agricultural chemicals pervading our food chains, ocean ecosystem collapse, soil erosion and massive loss of soil fertility. Humanity's increasing demands are exceeding the Earth's carrying capacity. A simple recipe to save the world? One old man and a bucket of cow-dung. Are you crazy? 2007
As the world wakes up to the need to protect the environment, ABC News continues to cover the most crucial ecological issues of today—and tomorrow. This unprecedented program, reported from all seven continents on the eve of Earth Day 2007, examines urgent problems unfolding in the natural world and offers some real solutions to them. From Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the Brazilian rain forest to an African game preserve to a massive solar power array in Arizona, these stories will open eyes, ears, and minds. Seven leading science and business experts share insights on water shortages, species extinction, loss of habitat, and runaway energy consumption. An additional report vividly illustrates simple lifestyle changes that can reduce humanity’s collective environmental footprint. (41 minutes) 2007
We live in the Age of Plastic. It's cheap, it's practical, and it's everywhere—from the highest mountains to the hottest deserts, from the North Pole to the South Pole. It's even part of us—inside our blood. Should we be worried? In Plastic Planet, director Werner Boote takes us on a journey around the globe—from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps—to reveal the far-flung reach of plastic. Interviews with the world's foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies...and the health of future generations. 2011
California -- always a fascinating marriage of opposite extremes -- is at a cross-roads in agriculture. Many Californians are struggling to fend off overdevelopment and the loss of farming lands and traditions while embracing innovative visions of agricultural sustainability. At the same time, California is where fast food was born and a center of the biotechnology industry and large corporate agribusiness. The debates raging in California over issues of food, agriculture, and sustainability have profound implications for all of America, especially in a world where scarcity is the norm and many natural resources are diminishing. This fascinating documentary explores the intersection of food and politics in California over the last 30 years. It illuminates the complex forces struggling for control of the future of California's agriculture, and provides provocative commentary by a wide array of eloquent farmers, prominent chefs, and noted authors and scientists. 2005
2002 Video. The five extinctions that have impacted the Earth over the past 400 million years—the Ordovician-Silurian, Late Devonian, Permian-Triassic, End Triassic, and Cretaceous-Tertiary—may be set to include another one on a massive scale. This alarming program assesses the extent to which Homo sapiens is provoking the planet’s sixth extinction. According to scientists, wholesale destruction of habitats by humans contributes to the disappearance of 27,000 species each year. With decimation proceeding at such a rate, how long can life on Earth survive? Interviews with Oxford University zoologist Richard Dawkins, Harvard biologist Andrew Knoll, and Sussex University paleontologist Richard Fortney are featured. (52 minutes)
Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced - and it is also our greatest opportunity. We have the solutions we need, but we are in a race against the clock to implement them in time. Academy Award® - Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions. Featuring narration by award - winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. 2016