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Earth Report (2005-2009)

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Discover how we’re changing the planet – and it’s changing us – in this highly acclaimed documentary TV series that was seen on the BBC.

Season

Season 9: 2005

Earth Report Season 9: Episodes from 2005

Season 10: 2006

Earth Report Season 10: Episodes from 2006.

Season 11: 2006

Earth Report Season 11: Episodes from 2006.

Season 12: 2007

Earth Report Season 12: Episodes from 2007.

Season 13: 2008 – 2009

Earth Report Season 13: Episodes from 2008 and 2009.

Season 14: 2009

Earth Report Season 14: Episodes from 2009.

Episode List

The scale of the death and destruction wrought by the 2004 Tsunami in Asia shocked the world. Few disasters of this magnitude had ever been recorded.
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23 minutes
The 2004 Asian Tsunami brought into sharp focus the urgent need for countries to be prepared for natural disasters. How many lives could have been saved, if sufficient warning systems been in place?
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23 minutes
Across Asia, development is happening at breakneck speed. Yet over a billion people still have no access to electricity. A Switch in Time profiles five projects that show how renewable energy can beat poverty.
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23 minutes
The Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings was a showcase for New Zealand's stunning scenery.
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23 minutes
Earth Report looks at areas where the needs of economic development appear to be on a collision course with protecting ecosystems. In this first episode we visit Brazil, India and Peru.
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23 minutes
In Part 2 we travel to Trinidad, Sweden and Cameroon to see how positive government policy can affect the maintenance of natural support systems.
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23 minutes
Three quarters of all the world's fisheries are in serious trouble.
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23 minutes
Genetic modification is a new frontier in science, giving us the power to reconstruct the building blocks of life itself. But when it comes to food, do genetically modified crops offer the hope of a new Green Revolution?
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23 minutes
For most people, living without access to a safe, clean toilet is unthinkable. Or is it? For nearly two and a half billion it’s a daily reality.
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23 minutes
If there's a threat from a new contagious disease, it makes the world's headlines. What doesn't make the headlines are the 6,000 children who die every day from preventable illnesses caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
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23 minutes
The epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings revealed the equally epic wilderness of New Zealand to cinema-goers worldwide.
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23 minutes
The Sasakawa Prize recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant contribution to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development. In Part 1, we meet two laureates: Ashok Khosla and Mario Molina.
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23 minutes
The Sasakawa Prize recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant contribution to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development. In Part 2, we meet two more laureates: Wangari Maathai and Dener ...
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23 minutes
In this Earth Report we hitch a ride into the ocean abyss to find a world that we know almost nothing about.
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23 minutes
People living in Egypt's Nile Delta are getting sick. Everyone is convinced dirty water is the cause.
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23 minutes
In this episode of Earth Report we travel throughout rural Senegal to visit some of the country's 440,000 small farms to discover how they can sell their produce competitively in the face of a food imported by big agribusiness.
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23 minutes
Darfur, in Western Sudan, is gripped by human tragedy. From 2003 to 2005, some 180,000 people died, and the region was still a war zone. Every month saw another 15,000 perish.
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23 minutes
Africa has become a byword for poverty and conflict and the graveyard for well-meaning development projects. In this Earth Report we visit two hot spots for wildlife diversity – the Republic of Congo and Kenya.
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24 minutes
This episode of Hands On travels the length and breadth of the African continent to show you the Africa you so seldom see: one bursting with social entrepreneurs, creativity and invention.
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23 minutes
Before 1960, the Himalayan mountain Kingdom of Bhutan had no contact with the world. Isolationism was a policy of choice.
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23 minutes
Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic influences that passed along major arteries of the Silk Road produced a unique cultural legacy at this confluence of three great mountain ranges. Efforts are underway to revitalize the region.
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23 minutes
The critics of a new U.S. military base on Okinawa say it threatens coral reefs and a dwindling dugong population.
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23 minutes
Access to affordable, sustainable energy supplies is a growing concern around the world.
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22 minutes
Earth Report travels to over a dozen locations to report on the state of global fisheries.
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23 minutes
In this second and concluding part of Fate of the Oceans, Earth Report goes in search of sustainable fishing practices. They are outnumbered hugely by unsustainable methods, but some can be found.
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23 minutes
This Hands On episode focuses on animals and their relationship with humans.
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22 minutes
In Brazil over 45 million hectares of rainforest, an area the size of California, have now been demarcated and given legal status as protected areas for local indigenous communities.
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23 minutes
Tollund Man was unearthed in a Danish peat bog perfectly preserved even though he died in the century before Christ. He is exactly the same as a contemporary human in every respect save one: his body contains no chemicals.
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23 minutes
Six stories exploring how we can improve agricultural production.
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23 minutes
Six stories give a personal view of how development can affect the lives and livelihoods of people around the world.
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23 minutes
Decent public transport is taken for granted in many countries, but for others, access to vital transport is a major problem.
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22 minutes
Less is known about the floor of the world’s oceans than the surface of the moon.
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22 minutes
When the Asian Tsunami struck in December 2004, over 200,000 people were killed and 1.5 million were left homeless. In this episode of Earth Report we ask what lessons have been learned from this tragedy.
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22 minutes
For 5,000 years the Marsh Arabs lived in the mythical “Garden of Eden” in the marshes of southern Iraq.
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22 minutes
In the last few decades the albatross has come under threat of extinction.
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22 minutes
Over the last two decades, some 200 million people have been affected by disasters every year, on average.
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21 minutes
For every pound of shrimp netted, up to 20 pounds of other marine animals are needlessly killed.
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21 minutes
Tracking the rainforest by satellite, scientists at the NASA Earth Observatory estimate that if the current rate of deforestation continues, the world's rainforests will vanish within 100 years.
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22 minutes
A Tale of Two Cities explores both London and Beijing – both cities were named to host the Olympics partly on green promises of future sustainability, but do they measure up?
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22 minutes
The first signs of a changing climate are there for all to see. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is famous for the “snows” of its summit, yet the ice is rapidly shrinking and may soon be gone.
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21 minutes
How will plants and animals survive climate change? The quiver tree in southern Africa offers clues.
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22 minutes
Ever year, 150 billion cubic meters of gas is burnt off or “flared” – before it even leaves the gas fields.
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22 minutes
In the Philippines fishermen kill their catch with explosives – and Jojo de la Victoria was shot dead for trying to stop them.
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22 minutes
Normally, householders installing wind turbines and solar panels must wait many years for a payback on their investment – but in Germany, the government chose to change the equation.
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21 minutes
There is a dramatic increase in the frequency and magnitude of disasters caused by extreme weather.
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22 minutes
In 1996, Earth Report visited the Black Sea and found a region on the brink of ecological collapse. Today it's a very different picture.
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22 minutes
By the end of the century, it's possible that nearly all of the Arctic summer ice may have melted, opening up the polar region for further damage from the nations greedily scrambling to dig and drill.
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22 minutes
The Aral Sea is notoriously regarded as the world's worst man-made environmental disaster.
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22 minutes
China’s environment has been affected in the wake of two decades of economic growth, with the insatiable demand for energy having a harmful impact.
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22 minutes
Every flush of the toilet can send more than 7 gallons of precious drinking water down the drain.
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22 minutes
Are fish stocks in danger of collapse? Earth Report investigates sustainable fishing.
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22 minutes
More than 60 percent of the world’s elephants were killed by poachers in the 1970s and 80s.
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22 minutes
A handful of high-yielding crops feed the world’s ever-increasing population. Have we become too reliant on wheat, maize and rice?
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22 minutes
The Norwegian government is building an underground vault to guard against a major catastrophe.
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22 minutes
In the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania's Pangani River is at the center of a struggle for water.
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22 minutes
Typically, coffee growing can be hard on the land and hard on the people who work the land. But this is starting to change as environmentally aware consumers increase the demand for organically grown coffee.
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22 minutes
Earth Report travels to Bangladesh to discover changing attitudes to sanitation.
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22 minutes
In Ethiopia, in 2002, more than 60,000 people were estimated to have died from diarrhea or related diseases. Of the children who die each year, half die from poor sanitation or hygiene.
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22 minutes
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate change currently contributes to an increasing global burden of ill health and premature death.
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22 minutes
On the catwalks of the world, eco-friendly fashion is all the rage – as celebrities lead a trend in clothing that could help save the planet.
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22 minutes
Bees pollinate three quarters of the world's crops. Yet in several parts of the world, bee populations are being decimated by disease.
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22 minutes
New Zealand wants to do it by 2020; Costa Rica a year later and Norway by 2030. Even Iceland wants in on the act. They all want to become carbon neutral.
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22 minutes
Since the dawn of the new millennium, the UN has been warning about the grave consequences of rampant overfishing around the globe. But the story gets worse – illegal and unlicensed trawlers, fishing alongside legitimate boats, cause yet more damage.
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22 minutes
Part 2 of Earth Reports investigation: Will a multi-million dollar illegal fishing industry destroy local fishing communities around the world?
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22 minutes
Rising sea levels are creating new dilemmas for coastal populations around the world – at what point do they stop trying to defend themselves against coastal erosion and cede their land to the sea?
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25 minutes
With climatologists predicting sea levels will rise more than 2.5 feet, the Netherlands is rolling out a radical new action plan that overturns three centuries of flood engineering.
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25 minutes
In a remarkable social engineering project, a quarter of a million Mozambicans have now quit their flood-prone villages in the Zambezi delta.
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22 minutes
Lease of Life follows a scheme aimed at improving the lives of the landless poor in Nepal’s rural areas, while at the same time helping cut down carbon dioxide emissions.
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24 minutes
Air conditioners don’t just damage the environment – one widely used coolant gas, HCFC, is also destroying the ozone layer.
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24 minutes
“Carbon capture” is the new holy grail of scientists working on climate change strategies. How do we soak up the carbon we’ve been releasing into the atmosphere?
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23 minutes
Across Southeast Asia, vast areas of coastal mangroves have been cleared to cash in on the shrimp export boom. Now those shrimp farms are under threat from climate-related flooding.
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26 minutes

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