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 53) It is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, to improve the lives of people trapped in poverty and to sequester carbon naturally? John D. Liu presents his film Hope in a Changing Climate which looks at approaches that have worked on the Loess Plateau in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Produced in collaboration with the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP).
(Earth Focus: Episode 52) U.S. domestic gas production is up due to fracking, a controversial way of getting natural gas from shale rock by pumping millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals underground at high pressure. Environmentalists say the gas boon threatens water supplies and pollutes air. Fracking is going global and so is resistance to it. Jeff Barbee and Andrew Wasely reports from the new fracking frontlines: South Africa; Poland, and the UK.
(Earth Focus: Episode 51) Gray wolves once ranged across North America. By the 1930s, they were nearly extinct — trapped, poisoned and hunted by ranchers, farmers and government agents. With protection under the 1973 Endangered Species Act, the wolf population rebounded. But wolves lost federal protection in 2011. With hunting permitted in many Western states, the future of wolves may again be in question. Can we co-exist with wolves? Earth Focus goes to Montana and Wyoming to find out.
(Earth Focus: Episode 50) The dark side of shrimp and smart phone industries. Reports from Thailand, Bangladesh, and Indonesia uncover the brutal exploitation of people and the environment for profit. Produced in collaboration with Ecostorm/The Ecologist Film Unit.
(Earth Focus: Episode 49) The people and technologies shaping Africa’s energy future. Correspondent Jeff Barbee reports from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Malawi on how energy from the sun, wind, water, and even garbage not only helps the environment but is just good business.
(Earth Focus: Episode 48) Filmmaker Ian Cheney on why truck farms are catching on in New York. In Sweden, Plantagon, a leader in vertical urban agriculture, plans to feed tomorrow’s mega cities with skyscraper farms. And with more droughts and water shortages likely, scientists at Penn State University are finding new ways to help plants adapt to tough conditions.
Earth’s processes are limited. They have boundaries, which, when respected, ensure a safe zone where humanity can operate. But human activity has led us to cross some of these boundaries — and we are in imminent danger of crossing others. Crossing planetary boundaries leads to irreversible and abrupt environmental change and may threaten human survival. Professor Kevin Noone, research scientist in atmospheric chemistry and physics at the Stockholm Resilience Center, explains why we should take notice.
Five African countries — Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe — agreed in August 2011 to create the 29 million hectare Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area or Kaza. The area not only allows elephants to roam free across borders, but creates a framework to protect and share their precious water resources. It may provide a model for transboundary resource management that can address the challenges of a changing climate. Jeff Barbee reports.
Today, over a billion people do not have clean drinking water. But Dr. Greg Allgood is helping change that. He is providing millions with clean water through water purification packets developed by Procter and Gamble and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Allgood, head of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, tells correspondent Miles Benson how this simple solution is saving and transforming lives.
Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility talks with Earth Focus about the links between nuclear power and human health. What, if any, dose of radiation is safe? What kind of radiation are we exposed to? Can radiation cause genetic damage? Find out in this Earth Focus interview.
The true cost of carbon offsetting. A plant owned by India’s energy giant Reliance Power may become the largest coal power project awarded carbon credits under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) — which lets industrialized countries offset their pollution by investing in greenhouse gas reducing projects in developing nations. But village communities are displaced to make way for plant construction; villagers are excluded from decision making and promises made to villagers of free education, employment and health care are never delivered. Critics say the project shifts investment away from renewable energy and supports coal – a leading cause of carbon emissions. A report by The Ecologist Film Unit.
Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO of Population Action, speaks with Miles Benson about the links between population growth and climate change, and why women are disproportionately affected.