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July 23 2008

TERRA 438 PART ONE: Trouble in the Tropics: Invasive Lionfish

The invasive lionfish--venomous and voracious--has reached the tropical western Atlantic, where its reproductive rate is soaring. Invasive species expert, Lad Akins, of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation; along with College of the Bahamas marine science intern, Everton Joseph; and specimen collector for the Bermuda Aquarium, Chris Flook, team up in the waters of the Bahamas, where they dive, collect, tag and dissect, to better understand the invader in its new home. They'll run key field experiments, to identify potential controls, and assess the likely impacts of the invasion, on fragile reef ecosystems and ocean-based economies.

July 16 2008

TERRA 437: Democracy & Action from Burning the Future: Coal in America

In our final installment from Burning the Future, we learn how individuals organizing on a grass-roots level can make a difference! Citizens, lawyers, physicians, and even pilots all come together in support of a common cause: stopping mountaintop removal in West Virginia coal mining.
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July 09 2008

TERRA 436: Global Warming from Burning the Future: Coal in America

This week's excerpt from Burning the Future: Coal in America examines the effects of coal on global warming. Coal-burned power plants are the largest CO2 emitters in the United States, and US emissions of carbon represent 25% of the world's contribution to global warming. Is clean coal the answer? Watch and find out!

July 03 2008

TERRA 435: Burning the Future: Coal in America PREVIEW

Do you ever wonder where the juice to charge your iPod was produced? Like over half the electricity in the United States, it probably came from a coal-fired power plant run on coal from the mountains of West Virginia. This reliance on coal raises a score of questions about people, land, and a region's future. In the first of a three-part series of excerpts from "Burning the Future: Coal in America", we meet some of the West Virginians affected by our country's coal policy and see some of the health and ecological costs wrought by it.
TERRA 435: Burning the Future: Coal in America

Do you ever wonder where the juice to charge your iPod was produced? Like over half the electricity in the United States, probably from a coal-fired power plant run on coal from the mountains of West Virginia. This reliance on coal raises a score of questions about people, land, and a region's future. In the first of a three-part series of excerpts from "Burning the Future: Coal in America", we meet some of the West Virginians affected by our country's coal policy and see some of the health and ecological costs wrought by it.

June 26 2008

TERRA 434: Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway PREVIEW

Jonesing for spectacular nature photography? You got it! The Madison Valley, just north of Yellowstone, is a richly diverse ecosystem where just about every big-game species in Montana can be found. Grizzly and black bears, wolverines, elk, deer, moose, and pronghorns all use the Valley for seasonal migration, food, and breeding. However, development and the resulting fragmentation of large, interconnected ranges put this habitat at risk for the animals, especially wolverines, which are particularly intolerant of human activity and require vast ranges for their survival. K.C. Breen shows us how human encroachment in the Valley is being mitigated for wildlife's sake in "Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway: Promoting Connectivity in the Madison Valley".
TERRA 434: Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway

Jonesing for spectacular nature photography? You got it! The Madison Valley, just north of Yellowstone, is a richly diverse ecosystem where just about every big-game species in Montana can be found. Grizzly and black bears, wolverines, elk, deer, moose, and pronghorns all use the Valley for seasonal migration, food, and breeding. However, development and the resulting fragmentation of large, interconnected ranges put this habitat at risk for the animals, especially wolverines, which are particularly intolerant of human activity and require vast ranges for their survival. K.C. Breen shows us how human encroachment in the Valley is being mitigated for wildlife's sake in "Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway: Promoting Connectivity in the Madison Valley".

June 19 2008

TERRA 433: Papiroflexia PREVIEW

And now for something wonderfully different! Papiroflexia (Spanish for “Origami”) is the animated tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands. Joaquin Baldwin used Photoshop and AfterEffects to create this fanciful animation that may resonate with many of us who would like to mold the human world into one just a little more natural.
TERRA 433: Papiroflexia

And now for something wonderfully different! Papiroflexia (Spanish for “Origami”) is the animated tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands. Joaquin Baldwin used Photoshop and AfterEffects to create this fanciful animation that may resonate with many of us who would like to mold the human world into one just a little more natural.

June 11 2008

TERRA 432: Cars, Critters, Culverts PREVIEW

Highways are a major cause of wildlife mortality in the United States, but the use of tunnels as safe thoroughfares for animals mitigates that threat, while increasing safety for motorists as well. Take a scenic tour of Montana's roadways with a wildlife biologist who studies roadkill, a highway engineer, and two young activists in "Cars, Critters, Culverts"!
TERRA 432: Cars, Critters, Culverts

Highways are a major cause of wildlife mortality in the United States, but the use of tunnels as safe thoroughfares for animals mitigates that threat, while increasing safety for motorists as well. Take a scenic tour of Montana's roadways with a wildlife biologist who studies roadkill, a highway engineer, and two young activists in "Cars, Critters, Culverts"!

March 07 2008

TERRA 419: Pablo's Hippos PREVIEW

What do politics, drugs, farming, South America, biodiversity and the African hippopotami all have in common? They are the ingredients that make up the amazing story of "Pablo's Hippos". Not long ago, after the assassination of famous drug baron, Pablo Escobar, two hippos were left alone in the ruins of his private zoo. Now they have multiplied and there is a whole herd of new, uniquely South American hippos running free! Be amazed as we join filmmakers Monica Pinzon and Jefferson Beck on their journey to Colombia to find out how these animals got to where they are and what will happen to them now that they are thriving there.
TERRA 419: Pablo's Hippos PART ONE

What do politics, drugs, farming, South America, biodiversity and the African hippopotami all have in common? They are the ingredients that make up the amazing story of "Pablo's Hippos". Not long ago, after the assassination of famous drug baron, Pablo Escobar, two hippos were left alone in the ruins of his private zoo. Now they have multiplied and there is a whole herd of new, uniquely South American hippos running free! Be amazed as we join filmmakers Monica Pinzon and Jefferson Beck on their journey to Colombia to find out how these animals got to where they are and what will happen to them now that they are thriving there.

February 28 2008

TERRA 417: Army Naturalist PREVIEW

When you think of military bases, the tanks, artillery, and explosions probably don't seem very conducive to wildlife. The fact of the matter is that these installations harbor an diverse array of wildlife that finds protective niches in these sometimes violent ecosystems. Join Jen Brown as she takes us to boot camp with an "Army Naturalist"!

November 21 2007

TERRA 403: The Water Carriers PART THREE

In part three of The Water Carriers, Nina gives Callie a small taste of what it's like to be a water carrier, and the Engineers Without Borders help the village overcome a stumbling block with their new source of drinking water. Tune in and watch the culmination of the relationships between Nina and Callie and the community and the engineers.

October 20 2007

TERRA 346: Bioneers 2007 PART ONE

Green has gone global. But for the past 18 years, one of the major epicenters of the movement has been the national Bioneers conference in San Rafael, California. Now that green is moving rapidly into the mainstream, their is a new buzz in the air in San Rafael this year. There are also some new challenges: like how to preserve the moral compass of the movement and how to keep on the cutting edge . . . join us for a 'live' glimpse into Day One (more coverage to follow).

October 10 2007

TERRA 344: Smooth Striations PROMO

What happens when you combine the creative forces of three young artists on a mission to explore the alien nature of erosion in a Utah desert? You find yourself watching an experimental film that gives you the feeling that you're actually part of the rugged and remote landscape of this extraordinary place. These guys know how to have fun while getting an education! Join architecture student Sam Ankeny, filmmaker Rick Smith and musician Leif Routman as they show us what you can achieve at university if you really put your mind to it.

September 12 2007

TERRA 340: A Life with Skulls PART TWO

Ray Bandar is not your average museum curator. How could he be with nicknames like Dr. Bones and Reptile Ray? He spends his days dressed in tattered clothes, walking San Francisco's beaches in search of the ultimate specimens for his collection - and what is he collecting? Skulls! Not just any old skulls though - these skulls are for one of the most diverse and exotic museum collections in the world. Seals, sharks, lions, hyenas - Ray has collected them all! So put on your swim suit and grab a towel as we head to the beach with filmmaker Beth Cataldo for "A Life With Skulls".
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