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.
In 2007 and 2012, Greenpeace spearheaded expeditions to the Zhemchug and Pribilof Canyons — the largest underwater canyons in the world. These expeditions have not only discovered new species of marine life but are providing scientific data that may help protect these unique and valuable ecological systems.
Thea Mercouffer’s film Rock the Boat follows a controversial kayaking expedition down the partially cemented Los Angeles River, an act of civil disobedience led by satirical writer George Wolfe. Wolfe wanted to show the river was navigable so it could be protected under the Clean Water Act. Produced in collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
In Colorado, firefighters are repeatedly putting their lives on the line responding to record-breaking wildfires. Human caused climate changes are transforming the state’s fire environment, bringing higher temperatures, drier fuels and diseases to forests creating a volatile situation for fire fighters and communities. The Story Group takes an inside look at what it’s like to battle some of the biggest wildfires we have ever faced. < ?p>
The reinsurance industry insures insurance companies to help reduce risk associated with underwritten policies. Insurance rates have risen in areas with extreme weather events. Frank Nutter, President of Reinsurance Association of America, says climate change will have a significant impact on the economy going forward and should be factored in both public and private insurance.
Drilling for oil and gas releases chemicals into the air, chemicals that in low concentrations (parts per trillion) can affect how babies develop in the womb. Many of these chemicals are not monitored or measured despite the fact that they may also cause cancer, neurological, or immunological problems. The late Dr. Theo Colborn, who headed The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, looks at the health consequences of drilling for fossil fuels.
Cosmetics and personal care products are among the least regulated consumer products on the market today. Of the 12,000 chemicals used in the cosmetics industry today, some 80 percent have never been assessed for safety. Mia Davis of Beautycounter takes a candid look at look at cosmetic safety and what consumers need to know.
Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of The Xerces Society, on how neonicotinoid pesticides impact the environment. They are now found in stream and well samples across the United States, are not only affecting pollinators like bees and butterflies but killing insects — the underpinning of the food chain.
Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann on ice melt, rising seas and why the findings of the 2013 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) falls short. Mann says if we continue with business as usual fossil fuel emissions, global sea level will rise by as much as two meters (six feet) by the end of this century — almost twice as high as the IPCC currently projects. A six foot sea rise is a catastrophic prospect for many coastal areas including the East Coast and Gulf Coasts of the United States as well as for small island nations around the world, many of which will be submerged. He argues that the IPCC is more conservative and reticent in what they are willing to conclude given the body of existing evidence.
India is rivaling China — in its plans to consume coal. India is aggressively expanding construction of coal fired power plants to meet growing energy needs. Some 455 new plants now are in the pipeline. With air pollution already a leading health concern, medical experts say this expansion can have dire health consequences. Emissions from coal power plants were linked to 80,000-150,000 premature deaths in India between 2011 and 2012 alone and to a wide range of diseases from cancers, to respiratory and cardiovascular disorders. Singrauli — an industrial hub in north central India — embodies the tragic human toll that a largely unregulated coal industry can extract. Sarah Stirk of the Ecologist Film Unit files this original investigative report for Earth Focus.
As many as 10,000 dolphins are slaughtered off the coast of Peru each year solely for shark bait. Correspondent Jim Wickens reports on this illegal practice in an original undercover investigation.
The promise of jobs from a proposed uranium mill has an economically devastated mining community in Colorado hopeful. When environmentalists step in to stop the mill, pro-mill advocates are enraged. A debate ensues, pitting jobs against health and the environment. Uranium Drive In, a new film by Suzan Beraza, looks at who decides the future of rural America.
Driverless zero-emission cars and motorbikes to power household appliances — all this and more from the October 2013 Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technology (CEATEC) in Japan. Constantino de Miguel reports from Tokyo.