Illicit Ivory

(Earth Focus: Episode 71) Every twenty minutes an elephant is killed to feed an insatiable demand for ivory. African elephants may be gone in as little as ten years.  Behind the slaughter are the most dangerous groups in the world: …

Why the US Economy Needs Bees

Pollination is key to the US economy, but US bee keepers say that colony collapse disorder — massive bee death — is claiming up to 80% of us bee colonies each year. Pesticide Action Network’s Paul Towers states that “we …

Killing Dolphins, Dying for Lobsters

(Earth Focus: Episode 63) Thousands of dolphins are killed solely for shark bait each year off the coast of Peru. Jim Wickens of the London-based Ecologist Film Unit documents this illegal practice in an original undercover investigation. Filmmakers Brad Allgood …

Asian Elephants in Peril

(Earth Focus: Episode 58) In Sumatra, Indonesia, as their last forest habitat is being logged to make way for palm oil plantations, elephants are pushed into conflict with local people. On the Thai-Myanmar border, elephant calves and young females are …

Shades of Gray Living With Wolves

(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 …

On Biodiversity, Health and Climate Change

Dr. Eric Chivian on how studying polar bears in their native habitat could help scientists address such human health issues as osteoporosis, renal disease, and obesity related diabetes. He describes how cones snails contribute significantly to the development of medication …

The Amphibian Crisis

One third of all amphibians are threatened with extinction. Dr. James Hanken, Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University explains why and how the loss of amphibians may affect human health.

New Rhino Threat: Coal

Over 1,000 rhino were killed for their horn in 2013. Poachers have killed nearly 500 rhino in South Africa in 2014 alone. Plans for an open cast coal mine on the border of South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park are controversial. The …