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 41) What do plants, snakes, molds, marine sponges, and cone snails have in common? They help develop live-saving medicines. But plants, animals, and microorganisms are disappearing at unprecedented rates. What impact will this have on human health? Find out in this special report produced in collaboration with the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School.
(Earth Focus: Episode 40) Menhaden filter up to four gallons of water a minute and they are a key part of the ocean food chain. But they are disappearing at an alarming rate — harvested for omega 3 oil, fishmeal, and poultry feed. The loss of these fish threatens the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Students at American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking on making their award-winning film “Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay.”
(Earth Focus: Episode 39) American rivers under threat. Jamie Redford and Mark Decena on their new film Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West, which explores sustainable solutions to help address the pressing demands on the waters of the Colorado River. Alexandra Cousteau on her film The Nation’s River which looks at what can be done to protect the Potomac, one of the nation’s most endangered rivers.
(Earth Focus: Episode 37) Food and social justice. A report by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation uncovers the human and environmental cost of shrimp farming and shows why buying shrimp from Bangladesh where they are exposed to pesticides and injected with dirty water may be hazardous to your health. The Ecologist investigates the plight of African migrant workers in Italy and looks how financial speculation is threatening the livelihood of Mexican farmers.
(Earth Focus: Episode 36) Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism graduate students look at how climate change threatens national security. Featured are reports on: how the CIA is “spying” on changing climate; where US earth satellites fall short in providing the climate data needed for assessing national security threats; why Bangladesh may be a humanitarian challenge for the US military; and the new geopolitics of a changing Arctic.
(Earth Focus: Episode 35) The Earth’s population has reached seven billion and is growing. More and more people means greater pressure on an already changing environment and it is women who often suffer the most. Population Action International looks at the links between population growth, climate change and the lives of women in Peru, Nepal and Ethiopia.
Author and lecturer Charles Eisenstein speaks to Earth Focus about his new book Sacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition. He traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism revealing how the money system contributed to alienation, competition and scarcity destroying community and necessitating endless growth. Eisenstein says today these trends have reached their extreme but in wake of their collapse we may find great opportunities to transition to a more connected, ecological and stainable way of being.
How will the disaster at Fukushima affect the future of the US nuclear industry? Jim Riccio, Nuclear Policy Analyst at Greenpeace, shares his thoughts with Earth Focus correspondent Miles Benson.
Former US energy official Robert Alvarez tells Miles Benson where the nuclear industry falls short, and why you should be concerned.
A surge in financial speculation on maize is inflating prices for corn tortillas — a staple food in Mexico — and threatening the health and livelihoods of Mexico’s poor. UK’s The Ecologist investigates.