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Mercury Undercover [electronic resource]: Toxic Dental Fillings and Other Horror Stories

Dental amalgam, a material commonly used in fillings, contains more mercury than any other medical product sold in America. Why is this toxic substance still on the market and is there political pressure keeping it there? To what extent have the FDA and ADA concealed the risk of dental amalgam fillings from the public? This eye-opening documentary features interviews with scientists, doctors, patients, and attorneys who share disturbing conclusions about mercury toxicity-and not just from dental work. Viewers learn how mercury pollution results from coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources. From species endangerment to compromised food safety, the hazards of high mercury levels in fish and wildlife are depicted in a manner that is certain to galvanize environmental scienc [...]
Online
2011
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Scientists Under Attack [electronic resource]: When Corporate Interests Control Research

According to some estimates, 95 percent of scientists conducting research in the field of genetic engineering are funded by agribusiness or related industries. What happens when researchers decide to work independently, steering clear of corporate influences? What are the consequences when scientific findings go against the interests of deep-pocket donors? This film profiles scientists who, based on rigorous investigation, have criticized the use of genetic modification and have been ostracized-some might say punished-for their conclusions. Viewers learn about the work of Dr. Ignacio Chapela, a Mexican biologist who faced a dubious public relations campaign against him and his Nature article on genetically modified maize, as well as the case of Dr. Arpad Pusztai, a Hungarian-born bio [...]
Online
2009
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Plankton Planet [electronic resource]: Harmed by Humans

Plankton fills an essential niche in Earth's food chain and a vital role in the health of the planetary ecosystem. For several decades, however, a growing level of human impact on the biosphere has been increasingly modifying the age-old equilibrium of marine plankton. This program examines the broad implications of three major concerns: how the inadvertent transfer of invasive plankton species via ship ballast is negatively altering the biodiversity of plankton; how agricultural runoff and other pollutants are affecting plankton populations; and how rising sea temperatures due to global warming are facilitating the proliferation of toxic plankton species.
Online
2010
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Vanishing of the Bees [electronic resource]

Honeybees are essential for the production of more than one-third of the food we eat. But in 2006, beekeepers began reporting that astounding numbers of their honeybees had gone missing, literally disappearing, with no dead bees to be found in or around the hives. A task force was formed to study the international phenomenon; scientists were able to identify its distinct symptoms, and named it "colony collapse disorder." This program investigates colony collapse disorder, looking into its possible causes, exploring its potential consequences, and offering some solutions. Journalist Michael Pollan, apiarists, and others discuss the search for CCD's origin, focusing on evidence that points to monoculture farming and a relatively new class of chemicals called systemic pesticides as the [...]
Online
2009