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 59) There are tens of thousands of chemicals in our air, water, and in the everyday products we use. They are largely unregulated and few are adequately tested for safety. They contribute to disease and are linked to conditions such as asthma, autism, ADHD, diabetes, cancers, infertility, cognitive disorders, obesity, reproductive disorders and birth defects. Earth Focus looks at endocrine disruptors, ubiquitous chemicals that affect development, metabolism, fertility and intelligence at extremely low doses and at what measures could be taken to better ensure public safety.
(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 removed from their forest homes every year and are traded illegally to supply tourist camps. Many die in the process. These original investigative reports are produced in collaboration with The Ecologist Film Unit and Elephant Family.
(Earth Focus: Episode 57) A special presentation of Faile Street, a film by John Light and Elaisha Stokes that looks at the human cost of apartment foreclosure in New York City.. The film follows four tenants living in the Bronx borough of New York — and the housing advocates they turn to for help — as they struggle to keep their homes liveable and their families safe.
(Earth Focus: Episode 55) “Going naked” is how the insurance industry describes not having insurance. And when it comes to the worst hazards of nuclear power – America is going naked. Correspondent Miles Benson on why the U.S. nuclear power industry is underinsured by hundreds of billions of dollars. He also speaks with Australian physician, author and nuclear industry critic, Dr. Helen Calidcott, on the health effects of nuclear radiation including cancers, fetal damage and genetic mutation.
(Earth Focus: Episode 56) Exposure to toxic chemicals affects people in both the industrialized and developing world. Toms River, a New Jersey town, fought back to save its drinking water from toxic waste dumping by dye manufacturer Ciba Geigy and by Union Carbide. The film Amazon Gold addresses illegal gold mining in Peru and its tragic impact on human health and the environment.
(Earth Focus: Episode 54) Jeremy Monroe on his film Willamette Futures, which looks at the restoration of the watersheds of Oregon’s largest river system. Thea Mercouffer’s film Rock the Boat follows a kayaking expedition down the cemented LA River. James Redford and Mark Decena on their film Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West, which looks at balancing competing water rights on the Colorado River. Produced in collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
Solar power helps bring water and electricity to rural Nicaragua.
Briquettes made from saw dust and agricultural waste help save forests and improve people’s health in Uganda.
Oil dependence and the fragility of our electric power grid are national security issues. Physicist and environmental scientist Amory Lovins on meeting the challenge of replacing our inefficient electrical system and moving toward renewable energy.
The Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte found a way to beat natural disasters by bringing people, local government, and business together.
In this special Earth Focus report, farmers in Cameroon are discovering the link between disaster preparedness and cocoa production. Extreme climate variation in the country is making cocoa plants — one of Cameroon’s leading crops — vulnerable to pests and disease. But now cocoa production may be increasing, thanks to a new innovative program launched by a local relief group.
The Tsilhqot’in and Xeni Gwet’in people of British Columbia, Canada a fighting to stop the construction of Prosperity Mine, a gold and copper mine proposed by Taseko Mines Ltd as it would destroy Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), a body of water they hold sacred by. The film Blue Gold by Canadian filmmaker Susan Smitten and her team documents the impact of the proposed mine on the environment and the cultural heritage of British Columbia’s native people. Produced in collaboration with R.A.V.E.N (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs), a Canadian charitable organization.