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Tuvalu [electronic resource]: Keeping Heads Above Water

Network Ireland Television
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Scientists expect the island nation of Tuvalu to disappear into the sea during the next few decades. If that is true, what will become of the country's citizens and its unique South Pacific culture? Should the traumatic task of evacuation begin now, and if so, to where and under what circumstances? This program grapples with those questions by interviewing key figures in Tuvalu's government and populace while presenting compelling scenes of the ongoing environmental calamity. Centered on the main island of Funafuti, the film explores the growing significance of climate change issues in Tuvaluan political life and examines plant species that are dying off due to encroaching sea water-leading to more land erosion.
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25 min.
Portions are in other languages with English subtitles
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 09, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Keeping heads above water
Fighting the Tide 2: Developing Nations and Globalization
Fighting the tide
  • Island Nation of Tuvalu (4:25)
  • Rising Seawater Threatens Life (3:08)
  • Climate Change and Destruction of Flora (3:41)
  • Destruction of an Island (3:04)
  • Damage to Coral Reefs (3:21)
  • Tuvalu: Loss of National Identity (4:29)
  • Tuvalu: A Nation Doomed by Global Warming (2:02)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2008.
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  • 40369s Films Media Group
  • 40372 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (25 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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