Earth Focus is a television and web news magazine that combines investigative and feature reports on critical environmental issues facing our world today. Earth Focus aims to help the public better understand a complex and rapidly changing environment and the increasing pressures on our planet’s finite resources. We have 26 minute programs on a variety of issues, shorter clips and blogs by leading environmental journalists. Please feel free to share them. Here is our body of work from 2007-2015.
(Earth Focus: Episode 16) Hal and Marilyn Weiner, award winning filmmakers behind the PBS series Journey to Planet Earth share their views on how environmental change can lead to political conflict and affect the health of the planet.
(Earth Focus: Episode 15) For the US military “going green” is a matter of national security. In Bangladesh, the tanning trade threatens human health. British author Rose George on her new book The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste.
(Earth Focus: Episode 13) The films and filmmakers of the 2009 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Featuring films on ocean acidification, blast fishing and Children of the Amazon.
(Earth Focus: Episode 11) African locusts help make cars safer. The social and economic cost of turning Peruvian anchovies into fishmeal. Saving coral reefs in Fiji. The 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens and botanist Peter Raven on how botanical gardens are adapting to climate change.
(Earth Focus: Episode 10) The water crisis in the American Southwest. News from World Water Week in Stockholm. Sanitation advocates gather at the U.S. Capitol to celebrate World Toilet Day, and experts from WaterAID U.K. weigh in on opportunities for bringing clean water to areas where it is urgently needed most.
(Earth Focus: Episode 09) New U.S. moves to protect sharks. Balancing development and environment in China. The Green Brothers rap to make green cool in China. Alice and Lincoln Day on their film Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives on the environmental effects of war. And U.S. youth action on climate change.
In 2006, US beekeepers noticed massive bee die offs – something they’ve never seen before. Every year since 2006, one third of bee colonies in the United States disappear. This mysterious bee die off came to be called “colony collapse disorder.” Colorado beekeeper Tom Theobald explains what’s behind bee disappearance and what we need to do about it.
Roger Mark De Souza, former Vice President of Research at Population Action International tells Earth Focus correspondent Miles Benson why women are hardest hit by the changing environment and how family planning can build resilience to climate change impacts.
Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of legendary marine explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, on her film The Nation’s River, which looks at threats to the Potomac River and what can be done to protect it. The Potomac provides water for 4 million people in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia but is considered one of the nation’s most endangered rivers.
Treatments for many diseases like cancer, glaucoma and malaria come from plants, animals and microbes. Will the huge loss of biodiversity today affect our ability to develop new medicines? Climate change, one of the drivers of biodiversity loss, also impacts children’s health. Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School on the connections between biological diversity, medicine and health.
Bordeaux is the capital of French wine production. Now it’s the center of a new trend — organic wine. Constantino de Miguel reports on how some wineries — including Chateau Guiraud and Saint Emilion — are introducing green growing techniques to meet the increasing world demand for organic wine.
With US carbon emissions down 7% in four years and bigger drops expected, the United States may emerge as a global leader in cutting carbon and stabilizing the climate. Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, on what drives the reduction of coal and oil use in the United States.