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 47) Africa, a continent facing frequent droughts, is especially vulnerable to climate change. But Africans are finding innovative solutions. Creating a Climate for Change, a film by Jeff Barbee, explores people-driven projects that help communities adapt to climate change and restore ecological systems in Southern Africa.
(Earth Focus: Episode 48) Between 70-210 million gallons of waste oil are illegally dumped at sea by commercial ships each year. Marine oil pollution is linked to death, cancers, tumors, reduced growth rates and genetic side effects in fish and is also toxic to seabirds and marine mammals. The film Oil in Our Waters exposes this practice. Director Micah Fink on how citizens can now help stop illegal oil dumping. Produced in collaboration with Common Good Productions and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
(Earth Focus: Episode 45) Stockholm’s Royal Seaport, a rundown district in Sweden’s capital, is set to become a model of energy efficiency. Plantagon, a leader in vertical urban agriculture, has an answer to feeding the mega cities of tomorrow — urban skyscraper farms. The Stockholm eatery Nyagatan, cuts carbon emissions by going local and organic. Solvatten, a Swedish water purification system that uses sunlight is now being used around the world.
(Earth Focus: Episode 44) Honeybees, the essential pollinators of many major crops, have been dying off in massive numbers since 2006 threatening U.S. agriculture and the one in twelve American jobs that depends on it. A class of widely used pesticides called neonicotinoids may be responsible. The U.S. EPA allowed them on the market without adequate tests to determine their toxicity to bees. Environmentalists want them banned. While the U.S. government is slow to act and neonicotinoid sales reap billions for the chemical industry, bees continue to die.
(Earth Focus: Episode 43) Can new discoveries in fields like nanotechnology and robotics meet today’s challenges? How do we create a future society that is socially, ecologically, and economically resilient? Over 300 leaders and innovative thinkers from around the world came to Tallberg, Sweden in June, 2012 to share their visions for the future.
(Earth Focus: Episode 42) The award-winning film Arise! on the intellectual and spiritual insights that women from around the world bring to solving today’s environmental challenges. Filmmakers Lori Joyce, Candace Orlando, and Executive Producer Molly Ross on making the film.
The Gobabeb Training and Research Center in a remote corner of Namibia is providing climate data for scientists worldwide and finding new ways for Namibians to adapt to their changing environment. Jeff Barbee reports.
Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated nations on Earth. The capital Dhaka is one of Asia’s fastest growing cities. News and documentary producer Stephen Sapienza reports on an innovative program that has found ways to provide clean water and sewage services to Dhaka’s urban slum dwellers.
Planting Spekboom, a South African succulent that absorbs huge quantities of carbon dioxide, is creating jobs and helping check climate change. Jeff Barbee reports.
Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott on what the Fukushima disaster really means for the health and future of the people of Japan. She also explains the hazards that nuclear power poses to public health in the United States and Europe.
The eastern coast of the United States — from the Gulf of Mexico to New England — has one of the highest rates of sea level rise in the world. As a result of climate change, sea levels are expected to rise 5 to 11 inches by 2045, leaving communities like Miami Beach, Norfolk, Va., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Annapolis, Md. essentially inundated. Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists on what’s at stake for major U.S. coastal cities and local communities and what they need to do to adapt to this imminent threat.
Children in this coastal New Jersey town were coming down with rare types of cancer. And because of the unusual number of cancer cases, the town was designated a “cancer cluster.” For more than 40 years, the town’s drinking water was polluted by carcinogenic chemicals. Dumped by Ciba Geigy and Union Carbide. But the town’s people fought back. And because of their heroic efforts the water in Toms River today safe and clean.