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 28) Scientists discover new species of wildlife in Mt. Mabu, a remote forest region in Mozambique that was, until recently, was one of the few unexplored places left on. Jeffrey Barbee reports from Mozambique. In the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, indigenous people have sustainably harvested mangrove forests for their livelihood for generations. But now their way of live is threatened. The UK’s Ecologist TV reports. Birding for the blind is a competitive sport in Texas now that there’s an Outta Sight Song Birder Tournament – as documented in the film Kiskadee by Ryan Fitzgibbons and Danny Ledonne.
(Earth Focus: Episode 27) Fracking Hell. Fracking in Pennsylvania threatens local water and unregulated radioactive waste from Pennsylvania frack pads is dumped in New York State landfills. Also Guardian correspondent Jonathan Watts travelled more than 100,00 miles across China looking at cancer villages, toxic air and water pollution – issues that may affect China’s ability to feed itself. He speaks about his new book When a Billion Chinese Jump. Watts travelled more than 100,000 miles across China, looking at cancer villages, toxic air and water pollution and issues that may affect China’s ability to feed itself.
(Earth Focus: Episode 26) The best student films from the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication at American University in Washington DC. Included are: The Bay is Your Oyster (Rebecca Howland) on oyster growth on the Chesapeake Bay; Working with Fire (Dustin Harrison-Atlas and Danny Ledonne) on a controlled burn at Florida’s Nokuse Plantation; On The Fence by (Brian Kelley) on the life of a former hunter in Botswana who is using art to bring new life to dead wood; America’s Energy Future (Yi Chen) on the potential for renewable energy development in the United States; and The Struggle for Mt. Nimba (Kari Barber) on the plight of an isolated group of chimps in Guinea.
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(Earth Focus: Episode 23) The new Indonesian law may open the world’s largest coastline to commercial development. At stake — fragile coastal ecosystems and the lives and livelihood of the people who depend on them. The polarization of communities for and against coal extraction in West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. Bringing solar energy and electricity to Rema, a remote village Ethiopian village. The film Sun Come Up looks at the plight of New Guinea’s Carteret Islanders who are forced to move to Bougainville, a land torn by civil war, to escape the rising seas. These islanders are among the world’s first climate change refugees.
International agencies, the nuclear industry and governments cover up key data about the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl say authors of a new book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment. They say almost a million people worldwide died as a result of Chernobyl — not 4,000 as officially claimed by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization. The effects of Chernobyl continue to be felt in Europe today causing diminished intelligence, devastating birth defects and mental handicaps.
A treadle pump provides Indian farmers with a simple way to irrigate their crops. As a result, farmers become more prosperous because they can grow and sell more food. A simple technology changes lives for the better.
The film Windfall looks at the downside of wind energy. Director Laura Israel. She explains the links between wind turbines and health, the impact of wind turbines on avian populations including bats and why some residents of communities with new wind turbines are moving away.
Earth Focus correspondent Miles Benson interviews “The Last Mountain” film director Bill Haney and film producer Clara Bingham on the story of how one West Virginia community mobilizes to save the last intact mountain in the Coal River Valley from being blasted by Massey Energy. Anti coal activists are seeking to use the mountain for creating a wind farm that provides clean, sustainable energy.
Mega dairies produce large amounts of milk at lower cost but there is a high price to pay – for people, cows and the environment. Large scale dairy farms in the US have expanded by more than 90% in the last ten years and they’re putting small and mid-sized dairies out of business. Bigger farms also mean more air and water pollution and they raise ethical concerns. With plans under review to open Europe’s first US style mega dairy in England, Britain’s Ecologist TV goes to California for an inside look at US factory dairy farms.
A new contraceptive vaccine is saving elephants in South Africa’s reserves and parks. Elephants are widely threatened by poachers and ivory traders, but in protected areas they multiply quickly outgrowing park limits. To control their numbers, many countries cull herds. Now contraception is catching on as a way to manage elephant numbers without outright killing or relocation. Jeff Barbee reports from South Africa.