Grinding Nemo

The tiger prawn industry in Thailand exploits people and the environment. Small fish and juvenile sharks, caught by Thai trawlers operating illegally in foreign waters from Indonesia to Bangladesh, are ground into fishmeal for prawn food. As fishing stocks are …

Neonicotinoids: The New DDT?

(Earth Focus: Episode 69) Neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides in the world, are linked to the decline of honeybees. Scientists now say the also may harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. These pervasive insecticides damage sea urchin DNA, …

America’s Dirty Secret: Coal Ash

(Earth Focus: Episode 64) People in three adjacent Pennsylvania communities suffer from a rare blood cancer. In Juliette, Georgia, where radioactive water flows from the tap, people are also getting sick. What else do these communities have in common? Coal …

Faile Street: The Human Cost of Foreclosure

(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 …

Toxic Futures: Untold Stories

(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 …

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 …