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.

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Shorts

Plantagon: The Future of Food

Growing food vertically in the city? The Swedish company Plantagon shows how to grow more food in less space when it opens its first urban greenhouse in Linkoping, a city some 180 miles from Stockholm. The plan is to grow vegetables in a turning helix with minimal water, energy and the need for fertilizer. Earth Focus visits Plantagon for a look at what might well be the future of urban food.

Fracking Hell: Poland’s Dash for Gas

Fracking multinationals have moved in to secure the sizable shale deposits in Poland. Advocates say this will bring prosperity and jobs, but opponents cite the US experience — where fracking has been marred by environmental and social concerns — and fear it could be the final nail in the coffin for Poland’s traditional rural communities.

Read the accompanying blog post Fracking Hell? How Poland’s Dash for Gas Turned Sour by Andrew Wasley.

Solvatten: Purifying Water With Sunlight

A new Swedish portable household water purifier makes unsafe water drinkable using solar energy. Solvatten can produce 20-30 liters of clean, drinkable water when exposed to two to six hours of sunlight.

Urban Rivers: Restoring the Willamette

Jeremy Monroe’s film Willamette Futures tells the story of an unprecendented effort to restore the rivers and watersheds of Oregon’s largest river system. Produced in collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

Tainted Tin: The Deadly Cost of Smart Phones

Upgrading your smart phone may be cool, but there is a hidden cost: human lives and environmental degradation. The rapid growth of the electronics industry worldwide has increased demand for tin. Almost half of all tin produced used in smartphones, iPads, and flat screen TVs. And much it comes from Bangka Island in Indonesia. The Ecologist Film Unit travels to the region to investigate the true cost of smart phones.

Changing Arctic: Global Impact

Arctic sea ice is melting faster than anticipated. Julienne Stroeve of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado explains why and how this will impact global weather patterns.

Fracking Hell: South Africa’s Gas Dilemma

An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK’s Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?

Turning Earth into Mars

“We are Marsifying Earth,” says marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle. “We are increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere… We are undermining the integrity of systems that yield what we need to live.” She explains why the ocean is a life support system for the planet — but it’s becoming more acidic. “Most of the oxygen that we breathe comes from the ocean,” she says. So we should take care of it as if our lives depend on it.”

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