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Two billion people in the world have no electricity in their homes.
Agriculture: see seeds also...
''The World According to Monsanto- A documentary that Americans won't ever see.'' In March 2008 a new documentary was aired on French television. One hour 49 minutes. Disturbingly enlightening...looks at GMO's, Round-up, PCB's, rBGH, 245-T, BT Cotton and Monsanto's take over of the world's food market. A must see. ***
''The World According to Monsanto" Edited to ten minutes.
Unnatural Selection - Genetically modified food threat - Produced by Bertram Verhaag and Gabrielle Kroeber. This stunning European documentary, reveals several harsh consequences of genetic engineering worldwide.
The Food and Climate Connection from WhyHunger on Vimeo. One of the greatest contributors to climate change and one of its greatest potential solutions, it’s how we farm and eat.  Food and climate change are inextricably linked.  The same global food system that is making us sick, increasing food insecurity, and polluting the environment is also contributing to climate change.  Climate change, in turn, is contributing to rising rates of hunger and food insecurity.  But the good news is all of us can be part of the solution. 9 minutes.
The Dangers of Genetically Modified Wheat, for the environment, animal and human health. Greenpeace. Wheat industry groups in the United States, Canada and Australia said May 14, 2009, they would work toward the objective of "synchronized commercialization of biotech traits in the wheat crop."
"Will Mushrooms save the World" Paul Stamets believes that fungi, and particularly the mycelium (the vegetative part of mushrooms) contains solutions for some of the Earth's environmental and health-related problems. For instance, fungi produce strong antibiotics; they can be used against flu viruses; mycelium can be used to naturally "clean up" petroleum-saturated soils; revamp pesticides; and generate ethanol, etc... TED Video.
King Corn.  "Engrossing and eye-opening KING CORN is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial pesticide-laden heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom - corn." ***
Banana Split examines the historical, social, economic, scientific and environmental aspects of banana production. Won numerous awards in 2005.
"Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer" Apple orchardists by the thousands are going out of business...suggested solutions and alternatives to traditional style farming. Emmy-nominated local (WA) documentary.
What’s Organic about “Organic?” rings the alarm for the need to develop an ecological consciousness. The film illustrates that the organic food debate extends well beyond personal choice and into the realm of social responsibility. Watch the trailer here. 2010.
Indoor Oxygen Boost. Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air. TED Feb 2009.
Animal Welfare: see Wildlife also....
"Fowl Play" watch the scene on chicken intelligence. An interview with animal behaviorist, Johnathon Balcombe, explains how chickens communicate... Mercy for Animals.
Pig Business Tracy Worcester's exploration into the origin of 'cheap' pork, also used in most bacon ham and sausages. Huge intensive factories mistreat and overcrowd the animals, emit toxic gasses that sicken workers and neighbours, destroy rural communities and generate swine flu and pig MRSA. 5 parts. ***
"Sick as a Pig" A strain of MRSA is emerging from the factory farms of Northern Europe, and it is linked to the insatiable demand for cheap meat on our plates. The Ecologist Film Unit travelled to the Netherlands to investigate. Hard to watch. You tube. Ecologist TV.
CBS Evening News Reports on Antibiotic Use in Food Animal Production -- story on the use of antibiotics on industrial farms, featuring Pew Health Group’s managing director, Shelley Hearne. This interview aired Friday, July 16, 2010.
People for the Ethical treatment of Animals videos on Vegetarianism.
Meatrix. Videos exposing the meat industry in the US, in the theme of the movie "The Matrix."
Graham Hill founder of treehugger has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion: Be a weekday veg.
Architect Norman Foster discusses his own work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and "basically pollution-free." From the 2007 DLD Conference, Munich; On TED.
Retrofitting Suburbia. Ellen Dunham-Jones believes the next 50 years' big sustainable design project is retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands. Redesigns North America's "underperforming asphalt properties" redeveloping them into walkable, sustainable vital centers of community—libraries, city halls, town centers, schools and more.
Don't build your home, grow it! Urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and laboratory grown meat. TED video 3 minutes 2010.
Architecture that repairs itself? Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too. TED video England 2009.
Inside an Antarctic Time Machine. Lee Hotz (science columnist for the Wall Street Journal) describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate. TED Video 2010.
Encounters At The End Of The World. Warner Herzog. 1:40:43. 2008. All about the human crew in Antarctica. Low quality video- a shame due to the beauty of the work. ***
"Race for the Arctic" Racing to claim the Arctic's resources. Foreign Policy Association. 26 minutes, 2008.
Using a Clothes Dryer costs 47¢ per load if the price of electricity is 8.14¢ per kWh.
E.O. Wilson makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.
TED Video.
The Next Big Biofuel? A Florida farmer thinks the next big biodiesel alternative will come from the seedpods of the jatropha tree.
GreenFuel Technologies explains Emissions-to-Biofuels™ process that recycles carbon dioxide emissions into clean renewable biofuels. This clip describes how the company grows algae that consumes CO2 from smokestacks, then it's harvested to create a variety of biofuel sources. ***
Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scientists take aim with tiny algae and their giant promise as the biofuel solution of the future. Dec 2008.  Scivee.
UC San Diego. The San Diego region, home to more than 500 biotechnology companies, is poised to become a “Green Houston,” as world renowned geneticists, biologists, and engineers at UC San Diego, The Scripps Research Institute and other local research institutions join with their industry counterparts in a broad-scale research effort to develop advanced transportation fuels from algae.
Small to medium sized LCD TVs use the least amount of energy.
Old-fashioned CRT TVs, use about three times more energy than an LCD TV of similar size.
Plasma TVs use about 30 percent more electricity than an equally sized LCD.
Perdue University's Vulcan model examines CO2 emissions at local levels on an hourly basis.  The new, high resolution, interactive map of United States carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, show CO2 emissions at more than 100 times more detail than was available before. A must. ***
Columbia University's Klaus Lackner talks on carbon sequestration to a class March 2008. videos about BioChar.
The Story of Cosmetics examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Hosted by Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff), the seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products. July 2010.
"Are Flame Retardants Dangerous for Kids?" NBC's Today Show featured the Environmental Working Group.
"The Truth About Cats, Dogs & Lawn Chemicals" The potential implications of lawn pesticides and five steps to healthy pets and healthy green lawns. July 2008. Good info here. ***
Jean Michel Cousteau tests for toxins in humans and orcas. Five people are tested for PCBs and PBDEs and a mother learns the levels found in her 4 year old child.
Biomagnification! A short 2 minute video that helps explain Biomagnification... Fast but simple/good.
Children: watch it now see the Children's page for learning sites...
Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School produced a 10-minute film that reconnects its audience to the importance of the marine environment for all life on Earth, including human life. Unlike conventional natural history documentaries, the film title Once Upon a Tide, is a fictional narrative that blends the moral and visual elements of a fairy tale to inspire us to recognize the importance of ocean conservation.''
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” follows four kids and a green gorilla as they overcome a demented plot by Dr. Morlon Hufflebot to create an island of plastic bags in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Clean Energy:   see Energy...
Climate Change: see climate change talks directly below...
Teachers’ Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television; featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners. Great Stuff. ***
Green.TV brings together films from a whole range of environmental organisations and independent filmmakers and making them available to anyone anywhere. Covering air, land, water, climate change, tech, species, people.
Global Warming 101. National Geographic. It could change our maps, and displace people from cities and tropical islands. May 2007.
Rob Dunbar of Stanford hunts for data on our climate from 12,000 years ago, finding clues inside ancient seabeds and corals and inside ice sheets. His work is vital in setting baselines for fixing our current climate -- and in tracking the rise of deadly ocean acidification. He sees a 1-2 meter sea level rise by 2100.
Sherwood Rowland was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of  Ozone.  In this interview Rowland chose to talk about two issues: Ozone and Global Warming. Vega Science Trust- recorded in 2006.  42 minutes.
"Does anybody care if Bangladesh drowns" 2008.
Milankovitch Cycles. Animation showing the three Milankovitch Cycles, Eccentricity, Axial Tilt & Precession collectively effect changes in the Earth's climate. BBC ***
Climate Change Talks:
Al Gore issued a bold challenge in Washington on July 17, 2008: that 100 percent of U.S. electricity production come from sources with zero carbon emissions within 10 years. ***
Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act. A must see. TED. ***
Al Gore. A planetary solution to a planetary crisis. Rising to the Challenge of Copenhagen. World Economic Forum. 2009.
Thomas Friedman's talk in Washington, D.C. Sept 2008. The Pulitzer Prize winning reporter believes the framing of climate change is too positive; he renames it "global weirding" in response. Talks on topics covered in his new book "Hot, Flat and Crowded"  Can skip 8 minute intro. ***
John Doerr- 'Seeking Salvation and Profit in Greentech'-warns that carbon-dioxide-sputtering, gas-powered capitalism will destroy us all, and that going green may be the "biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century." An emotional talk about climate change and investment.
United Nations University G8 Symposium on Innovation and Climate Change. Interviews with Dr. James Hansen, Gwyn Prins, Ted Nordhaus, David Stevens, Alex Evans, David Sandborn Scott and Shuzo Nishioka. July 2008.
Saul Griffith: Climate Change Recalculated-  Breaks down our power usage, who is responsible, what we can expect, how much alternate energy tech we need to keep our CO2 below 450...and how changing our ways helps dramatically. 2008.
Lester Brown talks about his Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. The presentation was to the Chemical Society of Washington on May 8, 2008.
David Keith talks of a inexpensive, effective and 'very controversial' solution to climate change. What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere, to deflect sunlight and heat?
Tim Flannery warns that human influence is the biggest threat to the world's ecology, especially global warming. His latest book is, "The Weather Makers: How We Are Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth."
The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute - a 90 minute production featuring Dan Burden on walkability, sustainability and healthy communities. This production is made possible by the Simon Frasier University City Program, with added help from the Bombardier Foundation and the British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association.
World Bank’s Social Development Department is calling for submissions to a world-wide documentary competition, "Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of Climate Change". Deadline closed. Check back.
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
Give Earth a Hand. GreenpeaceVideo. This fragile Earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs you. April 21, 2010.
Columbia E-seminars are three- to five-hour multimedia versions of Columbia University courses, created in collaboration with Columbia professors. They combine video clips of lectures with a variety of resources and teaching tools, including text excerpts, archival photographs, interactive maps and timelines, simulations, and animations. Need to register, some are free.
1.15 billion mobile phones were sold in 2007.
Good Magazine: 'The Business of Death'. Animation on the costs and global effects of the body's disposal.
Developing Countries:
World Bank. Global Videos. News and Boadcasts.
Vandana Shiva introduces the concept of Earth Democracy in the context of India. Industry and commerce without respect for human rights. June 2006.
Free streams full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. For several films, they offer the ability to watch trailers or to download the actual film.**
Teachers’ Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television; featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners. Great Stuff. ***
Green Treks, a non-profit multimedia productions and outreach organization producing television documentaries, how-to videos, web programs, radio documentaries and print media. Fee for full length videos. Phili, PA.
Documentaries on Green People:
Wangari Maathai "The Tree Lady" by Will Levitt. 10min. 2006.
Peoples Archive collects the stories of the great thinkers, creators, and achievers of our time, leaders of their field, whose work has influenced and changed our world through the Arts, Medicine, Politics and Science.
Documentary Shorts:
Media That Matters brings you a collection of inspiring shorts by filmmakers committed to changing the world. From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. Documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and more. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.
Twenty four to thirty percent of our household water is used to flush toilets.
We could be using grey water for this...
Tom Prugh, co-director of Worldwatch's State of the World 2008 report, explains why environmental issues are driving the global economy. He discusses what lies ahead for carbon markets and also addresses how local governments can engage communities for a more sustainable world.
Teachers’ Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television; featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners. Great Stuff. ***
Energy:  see Solar and Wind as well...
Al Gore introduced a five point plan that “…would simultaneously move us toward solutions to the climate crisis and the economic crisis–and create millions of new jobs that cannot be outsourced,” at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Watch the videos here.
Amory Lovins Advocates for a Cleaner, Safer Energy Future. Lays out a clean energy path we can take. 51 minutes. 2008. Fora TV.
Saul Griffith: Climate Change Recalculated-  Breaks down our power usage into watts, who is responsible, what we can expect, how much alternate energy tech we need to keep our CO2 below 450...and how changing our ways helps dramatically. 2008. 1 hour.
Introduction to Energy Regulation and the Environment. Lecture UC  Berkeley- January 17, 2008. An introduction to the course, including the history of energy, the relationship between energy and development, environmental and environmental justice impacts of energy generation, and an introduction to current energy issues. Lecture includes an introduction to the basics of electricity generation, transmission and distribution, efficiency, reliability, and ancillary services. 156 minutes.
Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy? Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. 2010 TED video.
Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050. TED video 2010.
Richard Sears' talk on the post-oil world. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Technology will lead us away...TED-February 2010.
Energy Efficiency:
Household Vampire Energy. What it costs you. United Press International.
Ecology TV on The Ecology Global Network. Their mission is to educate and inspire global citizens about the beauty and volatility of our earth, and to compel us all to become better stewards of our planet.
Green.TV brings together films from a whole range of environmental organisations and independent filmmakers and making them available to anyone anywhere. Covering air, land, water, climate change, tech, species, people.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. In 1992, Severn raised enough money to go to the UN's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and address the summit with an inspiring talk.
Environmental Art:            see IG's green art blog...
Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day. TED.
E-Waste Animation.  GOOD Magazine. The Basel Action Network, contributed documentary footage to this video. You Tube. 2007.
"The Digital Dump: Exporting High-Tech Re-use and Abuse to Africa" Trailer.  Exposes the ugly underbelly of what is thought to be an escalating global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded computers and other e-scrap collected in North America and Europe and sent to developing countries by waste brokers and so-called recyclers. Basel Action Network.
"Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste" 60 Minutes Follows America's Toxic Electronic Waste As It Is Illegally Shipped To Become China's Dirty Secret. Nov 2008.
The Secret Life of Cell Phones - A Project of INFORM, Inc. Where do old cell phones and mobile devices go when you recycle them? Why should you take those phones out of your sock drawer and take them back? What toxins are in a typical cell phone? How much gold and silver is in a cell phone? How do I recycle my cell phones and mobile devices?
Today, an average American uses more than 100 gallons of water daily
for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing.
Film Festivals:
Environmental Film Festival. Washington, DC. Held in March every year.
International Forest Film Festival (IFFF) Organized by the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The IFFF aims to raise awareness on the importance of forests, their relationship with people and the planet we share, and consequently, to inspire a sense of personal responsibility/stewardship for a greener, more equitable, sustainable future. 2010 Submission Deadline: Nov 30, 2010.
Media That Matters Film Festival showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. Held in June in NY each year.
Fish Farms:
How I fell in love with a fish. Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain. TED Video. ***
"Greed of Feed" A major investigation by the Ecologist reveals a host of unreported environmental and social costs linked to the fishmeal production industry in Peru. Largely hidden from view on the other side of the world, consumers will be shocked at the human and environmental price they are paying to put cheap salmon on the table. 2008.
Jean-Michel Cousteau talks about fish farming from an interesting perspective. 7 minutes. Worth watching.
Strange Days on Planet Earth -- National Geographic. Brian O'Hanlon, fish farmer, is looking for a sustainable way to farm fish and has developed new open ocean aquaculture technologies. Covers the issues well. 2008.
Fishing/Fish:                       see Oceans below as well
One More Dead Fish. The sleepy town of Woods Harbor, Nova Scotia explodes when six handline fishermen seize a Federal building and barricade themselves inside to fight government regulations which are destroying the environment. Handliners vs bottom trawlers. InterPositive Media.
TaggingTuna. Marine biologist Barbara Block fits tuna with tracking tags (complete with transponders) that record unprecedented amounts of data about these gorgeous, threatened fish and the ocean habitats they move through. TED video 2010.
Food:   see seeds and agriculture as well...
Michael Pollan asks us to see things from a plant's-eye view -- to consider the possibility that nature isn't opposed to culture, that biochemistry rivals intellect as a survival tool. By merely shifting our perspective, he argues, we can heal the Earth. Who's the more sophisticated species now? March 2007.
Bill Moyers /Michael Pollan, Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley, to discuss what direction the U.S. should pursue in the often-overlooked question of food policy. PBS.
November 28, 2008.
The Future of Food, the documentary by filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia on the industrial food system, genetic engineering, the patenting of life and farmers' rights. Lily Films is now streaming the 88 minute film on their website.
Slow Food Nation San Francisco. Aug 2008.
Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Eric Schlosser and Carlo Petrini join together in a conversation about the local, national and the global impact of the philosophy and practice of Slow Food. ***
The True Cost of Food: A campaign to promote sustainable food choices from the Sierra Club National Sustainable Consumption Committee. Animated.
Mark Bittman 'What's wrong with what we eat' the NY Times food writer weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk. TED.
Ann Cooper. TED Video. Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, "renegade lunch lady" Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school -- local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food.  *** A must watch !
Ensuring the Future of Food.  Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Animation. Suggests the Japanese would be better off if they went back to their traditional diet.
(Fo)odometer- Interested in eating less oil? In this VideoNation/Hidden Driver report, animator Molly Schwartz keeps track of how many miles your food travels from field to fork. 2007. Youtube. ***
Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world. Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from?The symbiotic history of agriculture and cities- and how we have divorced ourselves from food production, i.e. nature.
Forest King chicken- an ancient breed of chicken -Giriraja- has an inherently strong immune system and is being distributed to rural Indians, who now have renewed hope for the future.
"What's on your plate"  a provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old African-American city kids as they explore their place in the food chain- "an 11-year-old's take of Omnivore's Dilemma".
Sustainable Table is a feature documentary that takes an unadulterated look into the food you eat. What’s on your plate? Where does it come from? What effects does it have on the environment and your body? Numerous awards.
The UN reports that the livestock industry accounts for
about 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, that is more than the transport industry.
City Farmer TV scroll down for instructional Videos. More than 100. You Tube.
Urban Organic Food Growing in Havana, Cuba. A clip from the BBC's "Around the World in 80 Gardens" (2008) showing some of the urban food gardening in Havana, Cuba. Monty Don. You Tube.
Indoor Oxygen Boost. Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air. TED Feb 2009.
James Balog's visual evidence of retreating glaciers- 26 time lapse cameras shooting every hour during daylight. Short Videos of glaciers movement and calving. ***
LEGO Timelapse: 5 Million years. Vimeo. By Jesus Diaz. Fun!
Bees in trouble. OnEarth. Some scientists suspect that pesticides are the cause of plummeting bee populations, which could have serious consequences for pollination and production of food crops.
Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature's important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance. TED Video. ***
Every Third Bite. The Meerkat Media Collective. 9 min. Bees are responsible for pollinating every third bite of food we eat. Small beekeepers exhort the special nature of their hobby.
E.O. Wilson makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life. TED Video.
Robert Full studies cockroach legs and gecko feet. His research is helping build the perfect "distributed foot" for tomorrow's robots, based on evolution's ancient engineering. TED.
Green Porno. Isabella Rossellini, in costume, shows us the ins and outs of insect lovemaking.
32 million acres of land (the size of Florida) is deforested each year...
National Science Foundation and the Birth of the Internet. Dec 2007.
Using a Dishwasher costs 22.8¢ per load if the price of electricity is 8.14¢ per kWh.
E.O. Wilson & James Watson talk about Charles Darwin on Charlie Rose. 2005. ***
Edward O. Wilson -Slate Magazine Interview. Talks about sociobiology, consciousness, religion and science.
Dr. Wangari Maathai- Link TV Journalist Mark Hertsgaard interviews the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2004.
Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, conversation focuses on renewable energy and energy policy. Charlie Rose.
PBS Frontline Hot Politics. "Heat" click: watch on line. Interviews with James Hansen, Timothy Wirth, Newt Gingrich, Christine Todd Whitman, etc.
Bonnie Bassler (of Princeton) isolated an elusive molecule called AI-2, and uncovered quorum sensing -- or bacterial communication. Stopping this communication might be an alternative answer to antibiotics. Feb 2009. TED.
In standby mode, an HD TV still consumes 10 to 23 percent of the total power used by that TV.
Movies:                                     See movie trailer blog...
The Age of Stupid- from McLibel director Franny Armstrong. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?
Music:                                       See music video blog...
Ghana First Peace Song. Sponsored by WorldBank. You Tube.
Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra contains the best high school musicians from Venezuela's life-changing music program, El Sistema. Led here by Gustavo Dudamel, they play Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, 2nd m, and Arturo Márquez' Danzón No. 2.
A one drop per second leak adds up to 2,700 gallons a year.
Janine Benyus: '12 sustainable design ideas from nature' the author of "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature" gives an amazingly interesting talk about recent developments in biomimicry, and provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build. TED. ***
Frans Lanting, (the nature photographer) presents a beautiful slideshow, celebrated the history of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. TED.
Richard Preston talks about some of the most enormous living beings on the planet, the giant trees of the US Pacific Northwest. Growing from a tiny seed, they support vast ecosystems -- and are still, largely, a mystery. TED.
Jonathan Drori gives an up-close glimpse of pollen. Microscopes reveal it comes in stunning colors and shapes -- and travels remarkably well. Beautiful and fascinating 7 minute talk.
Ecogeek Episodes- Biology videos from The Wild Classroom. Young scientists' science podcasts...
Life on Terra is a collaborative filmspace and laboratory exploring the questions and ideas on the cutting-edge of science and at the farthest horizons of the natural world. Best 2009 Video Wildlife Film Festival. ***
News Coverage:
Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why - though we want to know more about the world than ever - the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs. TED.
Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health -- even costing lives. He lays out an 8-step plan to soften this sonic assault (starting with those cheap earbuds) and restore our relationship with sound.
Countdown to Zero, from Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender, who also made An Inconvenient Truth. Countdown to Zero presents a nuclear wake-up call about the real threats we face and the urgent need for action. Countdown to Zero features important international statesmen, including Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair as the documentary traces the history of the atomic bomb. 2010.
Nuclear vs. Green Nuclear developments continue to inspire global protests, but are the magic words 'renewable energy' really a viable alternative? We're told that today's nuclear plants are environmentally friendly, but they still "leave a 100,000 year disposal problem". After Chernobyl, scientists worldwide are trying to develop a way to store radioactive waste safely for a million years. The intense opposition to this ambitious aim is clear: "humanity is not yet equipped to deal with this responsibly." But is nuclear power that easy to replace? In theory, if 1% of the Sahara was covered in solar panels, it could provide enough power for the whole world. Despite the vast cost and complex logistics of running a solar plant in Morocco this idea may yet have potential, but it isn't a fairytale solution. Produced by ORF Distributed by Journeyman Pictures. 23 min.
NASA scientists say the sunniest place on land is in the Sahara desert in northern Niger
and the sunniest place on the planet is in the Pacific Ocean.
Sylvia Earle shares shocking statistics about the Ocean's rapid decline using striking images and expresses an urgency to awaken the public from its ignorance about the role the oceans plays in all of our lives and the importance of maintaining its health.
United Nations Environment Program. A serious video on ocean acidification. 8 min.
Eur-Oceans (a network of European Aquaria and scientists) visual material- 33 videos posted.
Toxic Garbage Island...A group goes out to collect samples from the North Pacific Gyre.  Way too long, completely skip parts 1-8, but 9-12 worth watching. VBS.TV.
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas. TED Video. Feb 2009.  ***
Plastics in Our Oceans. A Kontiki-style raft made from  15,000 plastic bottles and a piece of a Cessna travels from California to Hawaii. A trip to raise awareness.
Call of the Killer Whale: Jean-Michel Cousteau.  How the killer whale is showing us we need to rid our environment of manufactured chemicals. April 2009.
The Other CO2 Problem. Clay animation about the potentially disastrous rise in ocean acidity. Commissioned by EPOCA [European Project on OCean Acidification].
GreenpeaceVideo. Take a deep breath and imagine the oceans...16 minute Greenpeace documentary outlining the threats to our oceans and what can be done to restore their health produced in 2005. Put online Jan, 2010.
Following the mercury trail. There's a tight link between the ocean's health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. His work points a way forward for saving the oceans' health -- and humanity's. TED video 2010.
The intriguing sound of marine mammals. Peter Tyack of Woods Hole talks about a hidden wonder of the sea: underwater sound. Onstage at Mission Blue, he explains the amazing ways whales use sound and song to communicate across hundreds of miles of ocean. TED video 2010.
Ted Video. Coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse.
18 minutes- 2010.
Hooked by an octopus. Underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy has spent decades looking intimately at the ocean. A consummate storyteller, he takes the stage at Mission Blue to share his awe and excitement -- and his fears -- about the blue heart of our planet. Focus on octopus. 'A small group of people can change the world.' TED video 2010.
Rob Dunbar of Stanford hunts for data on our climate from 12,000 years ago, finding clues inside ancient seabeds and corals and inside ice sheets. His work is vital in setting baselines for fixing our current climate -- and in tracking the rise of deadly ocean acidification. He sees a 1-2 meter sea level rise by 2100.
Oil / Natural Gas:
Thomas Freidman explores ideas for breaking our addiction to oil. Discovery Channel.
Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy. TED Video 2005. ***

Richard Sears' talk on the post-oil world. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Technology will lead us away...TED-February 2010.
Richard Heinberg Defines Peak Oil. June, 2007. You Tube.
Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change. TED Video.
GasLand "The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."
The U.S. has spent over $3,870,500,000,000 importing fossil fuel.
World Rainforest Movement  Video on global paper consumption. ***
The Secret Life of Paper, an informative 5 minute film about the environmental impacts of paper production and consumption. ***
World paper consumption has increased fivefold since 1961.
Billy Collins's poetry animated. Reads his poem "Walking Across the Atlantic"
Hans Rosling. The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. Hans Rosling [email protected] uses colorful new data display technology. 2010.
Real Time Data:
Breathing Earth: Interactive world map displaying carbon dioxide emission levels of every country in the world as well as their birth and death rates- all in real time. Click over country for info. ***
Recycling Super Guide- videos worth watching for recycling information.
The Secret Life of Cell Phones - A Project of INFORM, Inc. Where do old cell phones and mobile devices go when you recycle them? Why should you take those phones out of your sock drawer and take them back? What toxins are in a typical cell phone? How much gold and silver is in a cell phone? How do I recycle my cell phones and mobile devices?
The U.S. postal service mails out 20 billion catalogs and
90 billion unrequested junk mail items annually.
SciVee: the You Tube for science research papers. Web 2.0 site that enables researchers to combine video with documentation and data in a media rich format, enables scientists to make their research more visible, shareable, and accessible throughout the research cycle. Numerous interesting posts.
Science Tumbled. A Science Video Blog.
Vega Science Trust.  A growing archive of science videos- some of the world`s most famous scientists discuss their lives and discoveries as well as their concerns.
2010 World Science Festival Event Videos -  Watch some of the 2010 program excerpts here.
Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring. The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change.Crop diversity is the biological foundation of agriculture. 2009.
Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank England, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species. 2009.
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it. TED Video. 2003.
What It Means to be Human. Though many animals display cooperative behavior, human cooperation is distinct. Alan Alda hosts E.O. Wilson, Sarah Hrdy and other leading evolutionary biologists, anthropologists and humanitarians as they examine the origins and evolution of human cooperative behavior. World Science Festival 2009.
Global Futures - The Great Transition Alternative: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead.  A lecture by Paul Raskin, President, Tellus Institute and GTI Director Harvard.
Solar Power:
How solar panels are made. Discovery Channel.
How a PV system is installed, works, and should be inspected. Nachi TV.
Affordable solar home systems in Indian homes. SELCO India.
Solar Plane Helios. Silent video.
Sunseeker Solar Impulse project.  Glenn Pew interviews Eric Raymond about his battery launched solar assisted sailplane he has been flying since the late '80s.
Stan & Iris Ovshinsky, the Energy Conversion Device founders,   provide a guided tour of the largest thin film solar cell manufacturing machine in the world (longer than a football field) making flexible rolls of solar film. ***
Nano-solar proprietary technology that makes it possible to simply roll-print solar cells that require only 1/100th as thick an absorber as a silicon-wafer cell (yet deliver similar performance and durability).
Concentrated Solar in Israel.
Convert your Prius to solar. You will get about 70 MPG under normal driving conditions. Plus if you only drive 20 miles a day and don't go over 42 mph you will never need to buy gas again.
Sustainable Cities: Curibita Brazilian urban planning guru, Jaime Lerner, has cracked the problem of getting a city to run well. His idea - to put people before cars - has vastly improved residents' quality of life. Lerner has revolutionised transport in his hometown of Curibita, diverting traffic around the centre. Huge pedestrian areas and parks have replaced busy roads and congestion has been tackled with an efficient bus service. As Lerner explains; "If you want to make life better for people, make the cities better." Great video!
Worldwide we drink 400 Billion cups of coffee a year.
Techtionary.  Animated “pictutorials” on technology.
"Who Killed the Electric Car" Video clips of PBS show and movie.
PBS does a show about the movie. In 1996 electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline. Ten years later these futuristic cars were almost entirely gone. On Netflix or Unbox. ***
Hy-Wire and its Sequel. TED Video. General Motors veep Larry Burns previews next-gen car design: sleek, customizable (and computer-enhanced) vehicles that run clean on hydrogen -- and pump energy back into the electrical grid when they're idle.
Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy. TED Video 2005. ***
Shai Agassi says it's electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020." TED Video, 2009. ***
Convert your Prius to solar. You will get about 70 MPG under normal driving conditions. Plus if you only drive 20 miles a day and don't go over 42 mph you will never need to buy gas again.
Vehicle Conversions:
MGE How to get your diesel engine to run on straight vegetable oil. Click SVO Conversions to see video. Wash DC based.
Video Exchange:
SwapaDVD- share DVDs with people all over the country. More than 60,000 DVDs currently available. Free registration when you have 10 DVDs you are ready to list for exchange.
Video Hosting:
Environmental Countdown is a video-hosting website and media center created to alleviate the burden of video webpage/website setup, modification, and maintenance for organizations looking to increase their Internet and broadcast video/media presence on a limited budget.
Water and Video Center
Wastewater videos galore.
This National Science Foundation animation schematically shows the anatomy of the single-chambered microbial fuel cell developed at Pennsylvania State University, fed by wastewater.
U of Colorado. MSNBC video, wastewater and estrogen mimickers in fresh water are affecting fish.
Shifting Baselines in the Puget Sound, delves into the history of Seattle, Washington, showing the problems and potential solutions..
John Kasaona of Namibia, is working on an innovative way to protect endangered animal species: giving nearby villagers (including former poachers) responsibility for caring for the animals. And it's working. TED video 2010.
Battle at Kruger. Amazing video of a herd of buffalo chasing away a lion pack that attacked a baby buffalo. YouTube.
Willie Smits, biologist, has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans -- and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. Feb 2009. ***
Dee Boersma Says penguins are ocean sentinels-- they're on the frontlines of sea change. Sharing stories of penguin life and culture, she suggests that we start listening to what penguins are telling us. TED 2010.
Saul Griffith unveils the invention his company Makani Power: giant kite turbines that create surprising amounts of clean, renewable energy.
The Pickens Plan-T. Boone Pickens made billions of dollars in the oil business. Today, he’s selling a plan to get America off foreign oil dependence, turning instead to natural gas and wind power. He’s spent millions promoting what he calls “The Pickens Plan.” Charlie Rose has the story. 60 Minutes.  Sunday, October 26, 2008.
Vertical Axis Windmill rage....YouTube...
Wind power makes strides in China Reuters News Video. June 12, 2009.
NASA estimates Greenland's fastest moving glacier, Jakobshavn Glacier
discharges almost 7 per cent of all the ice coming off of Greenland.



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