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Chemistry and the Environment [electronic resource]

Observes how modern chemistry has provided marvelous benefits and products, but also challenging chemical waste problems. Examines the tools, techniques, and frustrations of dump site waste management.

Man and the Oceans [electronic resource]

With no obvious predators to curb the population, humans are experiencing a growth in numbers that stands outside the laws of nature. What role does man play in the decreasing biodiversity of the earth, and of marine life in particular? In this program, the Tara Oceans researchers go to the Indian Ocean to investigate human influence on the health of the seas. Around the Austral Islands, the team finds copepods are being attacked by viruses, leading to speculation about the role of viruses in a balanced ecology. Sailing on, they encounter former fishing zones overrun by jellyfish and areas of damaged coral-troubling signs of rising oceanic temperatures.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: A Mother Fights Toxic Trespassers

In this edition of Moyers & Company, biologist, mother, and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to explain why she was willing to go to jail for blocking access to the construction of a storage and transportation facility involved in the controversial process of fracking. Steingraber has become internationally known for building awareness about the "toxic trespassers" she says are contaminating our air, water, and food-and threatening our children's health. With government ensnared by the very industries it's supposed to regulate, Steingraber has lost patience with politicians and corporations but says our kids need to know that "mom is on the job" of preventing destruction to the environment. Also on the show, Bill presents the short documentary Dance of the Honey Bee, narrated b [...]

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: The Toxic Politics of Science

When industries release chemicals into the environment, putting profits before public health, children are the first to suffer-and nowhere is this more troubling than in the ongoing story of lead poisoning. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill talks with David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, public health historians who've been taking on the chemical industry for decades despite industry efforts to undermine them. Bill is then joined by the heads of two independent government watchdog groups: Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics and, and Danielle Brian, who runs POGO, the Project on Government Oversight. They talk with Bill about their efforts to scrutinize who's giving money, who's receiving it, and, most importantly, what's exp [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Sonaar Luthra - Meet the Water Canary

After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly-as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. In this TEDTalk, TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety: the Water Canary.

Fukushima Disaster [electronic resource]: Generations of Rice Farmers Forced Off Land

One year after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan the country is still trying to recover and decontaminate land and buildings from partial meltdowns of three Fukushima nuclear reactors. In this report from the troubled region, NewsHour's science correspondent Miles O'Brien explores the challenges and possibilities of radiation cleanup.

Fukushima's Food Fallout [electronic resource]: Testing Groceries for Radiation in Japan

Promoting produce from Fukushima, a Tokyo store lists the cesium levels beside the price - just one way life has changed a year after an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident struck Japan. In this report, NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien examines food-safety concerns and a cottage industry of testing groceries for radiation.

A Big Stink [electronic resource]: City Sewer Systems

Odorless, hygienic, and sanitized-although that's how most of the western world's city sewer systems would be described today, it wasn't always so. Using London as an example, this program looks at the history of the city and its sewage, and the development and effect on cities of indoor bathrooms and toilets and the sewers built to cope with them. Once considered a wonder cure which made cities cleaner and healthier, the convenience of the modern toilet may yet prove dangerous.

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 [...]