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Tropical Storms [electronic resource]: Bangladesh's Cyclone Aila

With extraordinary footage shot during and after Severe Cyclonic Storm Aila, this program looks at the causes and effects of the violent weather event in Bangladesh. Viewers learn how cyclones take shape and develop, witness scenes of Aila striking coastal areas, and explore the social, economic, and ecological consequences through expert commentary and first-hand accounts. The film returns to specific areas a year after the storm and provides examples of how NGOs and government agencies are working together to reduce both the short- and long-term impact of cyclones through better monitoring, predictions, preparation, disaster relief, and poverty alleviation strategies. Eye-catching graphics help explain scientific concepts.

Emerging Superpower [electronic resource]: Booming Bangalore

Almost every major bank and electronics company on the globe has an office-or posh, sprawling campus-in Bangalore. How did the city become a world-class business center, and in what ways has its development impacted the people living there? This program looks at the factors contributing to Bangalore's success, the complications of rapid growth, and the impact of a new middle class on a traditional society. With severe traffic jams, limited access to basic utilities, and new demands placed on family life, Bangalore is addressing both social and infrastructure problems so that it can retain the international trade it has attracted.

Rural Challenges [electronic resource]: Case Studies From South India

India is the planet's biggest producer of over 22 different cash crops, making its agricultural economy the second largest in the world. Why then does most of its rural population live below subsistence level, relying on foreign NGOs for aid? This program looks at reasons why working villagers remain in poverty, including government policies that direct funding away from development and towards the urban business boom. Viewers meet several struggling families and learn how microcredit programs are helping them boost their household income.

Flooding in Bangladesh [electronic resource]: Causes, Impacts, and Management

Taking viewers deep inside a devastated landscape, this program examines physical forces directly tied to flooding in Bangladesh as well as the broader causes of such disasters, including climate change. It also explores the social, economic, and environmental impact of intense flooding through the personal accounts of people living by major rivers and on Bangladesh's char lands, areas built up from river sediment. Examples of flood management strategies are explored, with a look at the pros and cons of hard and soft engineering. Additionally, the film shows how NGOs are working with flood-affected communities to reduce the developing world's vulnerability to future floods.

Aging Populations [electronic resource]: East Devon

Like many economically developed countries the U. K. is home to a rapidly growing number of people over the age of 50. What are the social changes behind this trend, and what are its implications? The issues surrounding an aging population are examined in this program, using East Devon in the U. K. as a case study. The video addresses the strain on health care, special housing, and transportation services from a segment of the population that contributes little in tax revenue-but it also shows how East Devon is meeting the challenge of supporting its seniors, and some unexpected ways in which elderly retirees are contributing to the local economy.

Enjoy Your Meal! [electronic resource]: How Food Changes the World

Exploring the aisles of a Dutch grocery store, this program clearly demonstrates that globalization has made almost any food item, no matter how exotic or remote, available to the Western consumer. But the film also shows the downside of that new global access, tracing specific foods to their countries of origin and revealing the impact on indigenous communities and ecosystems. Viewers witness the burning of Mehinaku forestland in Brazil in order to cultivate soya crops; the creation of inland shrimp farms in the Philippines at the expense of fragile mangrove habitats; and the mass production of sugar peas, green beans, and other vegetables-made possible by low-wage Kenyan labor. A powerful visual study that is sure to spark further discussions of food security and sustainability.

Energy Security [electronic resource]: India's Sustainable Solutions

In India a new generation is enjoying the luxury of air conditioning, not just at home, but in the thousands of commercial buildings that have sprung up in the flourishing economy. With its increased energy needs India is now spewing more greenhouse gases than almost every other country-and yet there still isn't enough electricity to meet the demand. This program examines India's energy shortage and the sustainable alternatives being employed to address it. Wind turbines have been effective in Tamil Nadu, and in Karnataka, villagers using fuel made from cow dung find benefits beyond the ecological: their health, finances, and educational opportunities have all improved.

Challenges of Urbanization [electronic resource]: Inequalities in Bangalore

Bangalore's booming IT business lures so many new professionals every year that a separate industry has sprung up to help them settle in. But Bangalore also has more than 1,000 slum areas, and that is where most newcomers, arriving from poverty-stricken rural villages, will end up. This program explains why so many of India's poor continue to migrate to cities like Bangalore, the challenges they face when they arrive, and what the slum-residents themselves are doing to improve their quality of life. Illiteracy, caste discrimination, and the role of grass-roots community groups are all examined.

Population Change [electronic resource]: Migration in the U.K.

Every new migrant has a different story to tell, but most of those stories are based on the desire for a better way of life. Through the experiences of several newcomers and their families, this program explores the history, causes, and impact of migration in the U.K. Viewers meet a former nurse who left West Africa to help support more than 30 family members back home, a Latvian farm worker doing labor-intensive chores that native Britons shunned, and a Kurdish journalist who fled Iran due to the threat of imprisonment. The video looks at the problems faced by the migrants and sheds light on why people would endure so much to earn wages in a foreign land.

Nomads [electronic resource]: Salt Caravans in the Niger

Situated near an oasis in Niger's Ayar Mountains, the remote settlement of Timia is home to small-scale wheat growers. Once a year, after the harvest is done, members of the Kel Ewen clan federation - a subgroup of the Tuareg nomads - will venture into the merciless Tenere desert to trade their wares. Almost 600 kilometers lie between the paradise-like gardens of Timia and the village of Bilma, which produces salt from evaporation ponds. Bilma is, traditionally, one of the last stops on the age-old trans-Saharan trade route, and its salt is widely recognized as a trading article for grain and all manner of goods. This program follows a camel caravan as it makes its way along the route, taking on salt in Bilma, then heading further southward to Nigeria. A

Nomads [electronic resource]: Gold of the Himalayas

The Changpa people live cut off from the rest of the world on a barren, 4,000-meter-high plateau in the southeast of Ladakh, in the Kashmir Himalayas. Here, livestock must search far and wide to pry something edible from the earth. Inhospitable as it is, the region is also home to a living treasure: Changpa goats, which grow a fine wool - but only at extremely high altitudes and in bitterly cold winters. The wool is then brushed out in the early summer and sold in the capital city as the precious Pashmina, the "Gold of the Changthang." This program follows a group of Changpa nomads as they undertake another arduous trading journey - one that will make possible more beautiful cashmere textiles valued by garment manufacturers and consumers around the world.

Nomads [electronic resource]: Steppe Riders in Kyrgyzstan

"I have found my mission in Kyrgyzstan," says French horse expert Jacqueline Ripart. In remote areas of the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan, Ripart hopes to find descendents of the small, tough horses with which Genghis Khan once conquered Central Asia - if they are not already extinct. Under Soviet rule, the Kyrgyz horse was bred with larger Russian strains to produce meat for slaughter. Traditional riding games were also abolished, as were traveling Kyrgyz minstrels and their music, leaving deep wounds in the cultural identity of a people who claim their sons can ride before they learn to walk. This program shows how, since the fall of Communism, Kyrgyz society has been trying to find its way back to the old nomadic traditions.

The Weather Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]

The weather-a phenomenon clearly beyond human control!-is nevertheless a topic of fascination to people the world over. A combination of high-quality film footage and detailed animations, this collection of 48 video clips (30 seconds to 2 minutes each) discusses Earth's atmosphere, precipitation, meteorology, climates, the environment, and pollution. Video clips include: Earth's Atmosphere-Introduction; The Atmosphere; Atmospheric Pressure; The Movement of Air Masses; Wind; Precipitation-Introduction; Humidity; Cloud Formation; Identifying Clouds; Dew and Fog; Rainbows; Lightning and Thunder; Meteorology-Introduction; Measurement Instruments; Measuring the Temperature; Balloons and Radar; Geostationary Satellites; Polar-Orbiting Satellites; Weather Maps; Climates-Introduction; The S [...]
2011; 2004


Here, Reggio turns his sights on third-world nations in the Southern hemisphere. Forgoing the sped-up aesthetic of the first film, Powaqqatsi employs a meditative slow motion in order to reveal the beauty of the traditional ways of life in those parts of the planet, and to show how cultures there are being eroded as their environments are taken over by industry.
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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.

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.

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.

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 [...]

Amazon [electronic resource]: Land of the Flooded Forest

When seasonal rains sweep across South America, the Amazon River and its tributaries overflow their banks to create an ecosystem unlike any other-a place where, for six months out of each year, land-dwellers and water-dwellers mingle. This program joins an expert Amazon biologist in a journey into the flooded forests of the Amazon Basin to film dolphins navigating through treetops, a male "water monkey" releasing a cloud of babies from the nest in its mouth, and the usually lethargic three-toed sloth swimming agilely among branches. The video also explores the depletion of the region's natural resources, both by indigenous inhabitants struggling to survive and by outsiders eager to clear land for mass crop production.
2009; 2002

Natural Allies [electronic resource]

Have Earth's vibrant waterways-its streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans-become delivery systems for pollutants and poison? This program points to signs that toxic substances are overwhelming our planet's aquatic ecosystems. Viewers encounter many of the causes for this concern, including a radical decrease in frog populations, distressed marine mammals in estuary habitats, and disturbing changes in reef biodiversity.
2010; 2004