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Sumatra [electronic resource]: Paper Tiger-a Deforestation Crisis

ABC International
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Having witnessed land-clearing firsthand in Africa and South America, tropical biologist Bill Laurance thought he had seen everything-the worst that deforestation has to offer. But, as he explains in this eye-opening program, what has been allowed to happen on the Indonesian island of Sumatra amounts to "ecological Armageddon." In addition to Laurance's testimonial on the size and scale of forest removal, viewers also learn about aggressive land-acquisition tactics used by palm oil and paper-producing corporations and the impact on local communities dependent on small-scale agriculture. The fate of endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger is also discussed in the context of extreme, and potentially irreversible, habitat destruction.
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Run Time
27 min.
Portions with English subtitles
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 17, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Deforestation Crisis
Paper Tiger-A Deforestation Crisis
  • Creatures of the Forest Canopy (3:50)
  • Deforestation: Threat to Tigers (1:48)
  • Plantations Replace Rainforest (1:13)
  • Ecological Armageddon (2:30)
  • Industry vs. the Environment (1:43)
  • Brainwashed Villagers? (0:48)
  • Scandals and Corruption (3:22)
  • Changing Landscape (1:20)
  • Pending Greenhouse Gas Disaster (2:17)
  • Company vs. Local Laws (2:30)
  • Farmers Protest (2:18)
  • Tensions Mount (2:11)
  • Credits: Sumatra: Paper Tiger - A Deforestation Crisis (0:38)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2011
Publisher no.
48987 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (27 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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