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1.

The Age of Stupid

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Pete Postlethwaite (the only fictional character) stars as an archivist living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, who spends his days looking at old footage from the years leading up to 2015 when a cataclysmic climate change took place. As he sifts through the relics of our lost and misguided civilization, the archivist asks why Earth's inhabitants did nothing to reverse the effects of climate change while they still had the chance.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth

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"An inspiring groundbreaking documentary filmed around the world exploring the solution to global warming, an answer that saves money, our food supply and most likely our children's lives. This is a story about hope. This is a story about how to use the tools we have to heal what we all depend on to survive: the Earth." -- Amazon.
DVD
2009; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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State of the Planet

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Deforestation, global warming, depletion of aquifers, rising sea levels, and mass extinctions--how much longer can Earth compensate for these damaging forces? In this timely three-part series, David Attenborough and some of the world's leading experts on environmental matters consider probably the most important issue of the 21st century: the future of life on this planet.
VHS
2001; 2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Getting in Step: A Video Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns

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Learn how four diverse groups conducted successful outreach campaigns using the six basic steps to outreach.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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Conservation Design

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A lecture by Jerry Wilhelm discussing nature conservation in design.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Biodiversity Under Threat [electronic resource]: The Sundarbans and the Bengal Tiger

Conservationists have called the tiger "the guardian of biodiversity," but degradation of tiger habitats has led residents of Bangladesh's Sundarban Mangroves region to regard the animal more as dangerous predator than treasured endangered species. This program examines environmental threats to the Sundarbans and studies ways in which its human residents are learning to live with the tigers and even protect their habitats. The video also explains the functioning of this ecosystem-the largest of its kind in the world-and how a tiger conservation project, eco-tourism, and government initiates are aiding in its preservation.
Online
2011
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Majora Carter [electronic resource]: Greening the Ghetto

Majora Carter is a visionary voice in city planning who views urban renewal through an environmental lens. The South Bronx native draws a direct connection between ecological, economic, and social degradation, spawning her motto, "Green the ghetto!" Carter managed to bring the South Bronx its first open-waterfront park in 60 years, Hunts Point Riverside Park, and was able to score
Online
2006
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Forgotten Fruit [electronic resource]: Reclaiming Biodiversity

In the Kolli Hills of India, hardy, nutritious millet has been reintroduced to the farming community as a sustainable alternative to the short-term benefits of cash crops. And in Italy, a "food archaeologist" searches for long-lost varieties of fruit, aiming to promote biodiversity by breeding commercially viable strains. This program visits the people and places involved with agro-ecology projects, making the point that 75 percent of traditional crop varieties have been neglected and genetic diversity lost in favor of the more profitable - but less famine resistant - production of wheat, rice, and corn. Can food security be ensured by creating a market for heritage fruits and grains? Original broadcast title: Forgotten Fruit.
Online
2008
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Burning Bush [electronic resource]: Saving Peat Swamp Forests in Indonesia

The intention behind the Indonesian Mega Rice Project was a good one: by demolishing millions of acres of peat swamp forest, land could be cleared to cultivate much-needed grain. But the project unleashed a cascade of interlocking social and ecological catastrophes - a situation considered to be one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet. This program follows the efforts of agronomist Suwido Limin to protect his peat swamp forest research areas from the fires raging across Borneo as a result of the failed Mega Rice Project. The film makes the point that the flames now ravaging this unique ecosystem are also destroying an important carbon sink, exacerbating climate change and helping to give Indonesia the dubious distinction of being the world's third-largest emitter of gr [...]
Online
2009
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Physics of Recycling [electronic resource]

Our consumer lifestyles produce a growing mountain of waste, but finding cost effective ways to recycle it all is a challenge. This video clip investigates new technology being used to salvage treasure from trash.
Online
2008
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Sumatra [electronic resource]: Paper Tiger-a Deforestation Crisis

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.
Online
2011
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A Changing World [electronic resource]

According to some forecasts, the Arctic Ocean will be seasonally ice-free by the summer of 2013 - a nightmare that is driving environmentalists to find ways to minimize the damage. But for energy prospectors, climate change brings new opportunities as more and more deposits of oil, gas, and minerals become accessible. This program focuses on competing interests racing to control Arctic resources and territories. Dr. Ruth Jackson, from Nova Scotia's Bedford Institute of Oceanography, heads the team mapping the seabed in support of Canada's claims. As the work of Dr. Jackson and other researchers shows, scientists as well as nations must contend with the Arctic's icy politics. In one scene, a Canadian-led venture is thwarted when a deal to hire a Russian icebreaker falls through.
Online
2009
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An Uncertain Future [electronic resource]

There are two different Arctics. One is the storybook land of snow and polar bears, while the other has become a breeding ground of petroleum plants and pipelines. Can the two coexist? What fate awaits the natural Arctic if the technological one expands without restraint? This program explores those questions as it follows research taking place on Bylot Island, home to a portion of Sirmilik National Park, in Canada's Nunavut Territory. Here, scientists have come every summer for the past 20 years to measure the impact of climate change on snowy owls, lemmings, snow geese, and Arctic foxes. Here, they have discovered that even tiny, hardy plants are being affected, causing a cascade of changes through the ecosystem.
Online
2009
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The Arctic Passage [electronic resource]

Each year the number of ships traversing the Northwest Passage rises, raising concerns among local and indigenous communities. As this program illustrates, the trend shows no sign of stopping, since what were once extremely dangerous waters are becoming more and more accessible to global commerce. Ports such as Churchill, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, and Murmansk, near Russia's border with Norway and Finland, expect to see business and maritime activity grow for years to come. But with the increases in traffic come higher risks-in particular for the Inuit, who have called the Arctic home for thousands of years and are troubled by escalating threats to their traditional way of life.
Online
2009
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Power Trip [electronic resource]: An American Energy Utility in Post-Soviet Georgia

In January of 1999, the American multinational known as AES purchased Telasi, an electricity distribution company, from the Georgian government. AES's goal: to establish a modern, U.S.-style power utility in Tbilisi, a city rife with violence and corruption. But less than five years later, AES sold Telasi to Russia's state-owned United Energy Systems, giving Russian interests further control over Georgia's energy supply. This award-winning documentary shows what happened in the interim-as AES managers and frustrated Georgians, from TV journalists to everyday citizens, struggled with new systems, practices, and policies amid urban chaos. A superb case study in the overlap between energy, economics, and social change. This edition has been slightly edited for classroom-friendly use.
Online
2004
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Ray Anderson - the Business Logic of Sustainability

At his carpet-manufacturing company - one of the largest in the world - industrial engineer Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take-make-waste" business model on its head. In this TEDTalk, Anderson shares his vision of a sustainable commerce that allows economy and ecology to coexist. Called "America's greenest CEO" by Fortune, Anderson believes that although business and industry have caused the decline of the biosphere, they can also spearhead the movement to reverse the alarming trend.
Online
2009
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Meet the Frackers [electronic resource]: Energy Independence or Environmental Nightmare?

Spreading out beneath the suburbs of Dallas, the underground deposit known as the Barnett Shale promises vast oil and gas riches. This program follows the efforts of Texas developers as they stampede for a piece of the action, even as local residents and environmental activists raise major objections. To liberate the bounty below calls for fracking-a controversial process in which huge quantities of water and chemicals are injected underground, shattering rock and releasing gas and oil. The film also examines other states where fracking is taking place, such as North Dakota, where farmer Jacki Schilke insists that frackers "are here to rape this land." Viewers are given a wide-ranging look at the pros and cons of what is touted as a major step toward America's independence from forei [...]
Online
2012
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Down in the Old Belt [electronic resource]: Voices From the Tobacco South

The tobacco farmers of the Old Belt of Virginia represent a history and a way of life that began with the founding of Jamestown and the colony of Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay. But tobacco farmers in Southside Virginia, like coal miners in Appalachia, have come upon hard times. Declining quotas, production moving overseas, society's changing attitudes, and the 2004 tobacco buyout have radically altered the cultural landscape of the Old Belt, the birthplace of Bright Leaf tobacco. This program traces the history and culture of tobacco in Virginia, providing a basis for studying past and ongoing socioeconomic changes, from the era of slavery to the present. Combining extensive archival materials with interviews and oral histories conducted with several Old Belt tobacco farming familie [...]
Online
2005
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Passive Passion [electronic resource]: Buildings Doing More With Less

In 1990 European physicists set out to test the limits of cost-effective energy efficiency. The result was the first passive house, a four-unit townhouse that combined heavy insulation, airtightness, and heat-recovery ventilation to achieve reductions of up to 90% in the energy required for heating and cooling. This program introduces the passive house concept-popular in Europe, but slower to catch on in the States-and showcases some beautiful examples in Austria and Germany. Viewers meet co-originator Wolfgang Feist, who explains the mechanics behind the design, Henry Gifford, who hopes to popularize it in the U.S., and Dieter Roskoni, who still lives in the first-ever passive house.
Online
2011
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Liquid Assets [electronic resource]: The Big Business of Water

With fresh water making up only 3 percent of the world's supply, are we looking at a global crisis in the making? Some say it's already upon us-whether for drinking, growing crops, or proper hygiene, shortages are emerging all over the planet. Studying the impact on our home front, this CNBC Original documentary travels to the American West, where seven states compete for water from the Colorado River Basin, as well as to Alaska and Wisconsin, both of which enjoy an abundance of water and are eager to capitalize on their surplus. The program also visits Chile, a nation with some of the most efficient water markets in the world-in theory, anyway, since the realities of managing a scarce resource inevitably produce tensions. In addition, viewers learn about the bottled water industry, [...]
Online
2010