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What Lies Upstream

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"In this classic detective story, investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to uncover the truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people with drinking water for months. But when Hoback discovers an obscene collusion between chemical corporations and the highest level of government, the investigation spirals in a terrifying direction, and we learn the frightening truth about what lies upstream of us all"--Container.
DVD
2017
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mujer, Agua y Minería

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Three short films on the effect of water pollution from mining on the lives of women
DVD
2014; 2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Living Downstream

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"The film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. But Sandra is not the only one who is on a journey - the chemicals against which she is fighting are also on the move. We follow these invisible toxins as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America. We see how these chemicals enter our bodies and how, once inside, scientists believe they may be working to cause cancer. At once Sandra's personal journey and her scientific exploration, Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land , and water." -- Container
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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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.
Online
2010
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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 [...]
Online
2013
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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 OpenSecrets.org, 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 [...]
Online
2013
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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.
Online
2012
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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.
Online
2012
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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.
Online
2012
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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.
Online
1995
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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
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Cesar Harada - a Novel Idea for Cleaning Up Oil Spills

When TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada heard about the devastating effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up the oil. In this TEDTalk, he explains how he designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. And rather than turn a profit from his invention, he has opted to open-source the design.
Online
2012
13.

Trashed, With Jeremy Irons [electronic resource]

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Irons showcases the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups around the world who are working to affect change and reform the current model.
Online
2013
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Cleaning Up Construction Runoff [electronic resource]

Stormwater runoff at construction sites washes sediment and dirt into streams and lakes. Soil scientists are using a non-toxic chemical at construction sites to reduce the mud in water before it enters local waterways.
Online
2012
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Hidden Poison [electronic resource]

You can't see, smell, or taste them, but they can have a serious impact on your health: toxins in food and everyday objects from clothing to toys. Harmful substances lurk at every turn, and primarily pose a threat to children. In a bid to protect consumers, scientists have been working for years on enhanced toxin detection methods.
Online
2011
16.

Nanosponge Soaks Up Oil Spills [electronic resource]

Adding boron to carbon nanotubes creates a twisty magnetic sponge.
Online
2012
17.

Robojelly Could Cruise Waters to Safeguard Ocean Environment [electronic resource]

Engineers design jellyfish-like robot that could someday clean oil spills and detect pollutants.
Online
2012
18.

Shattered Ground [electronic resource]

Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is a new technology that has opened up immense resources of natural gas buried in deep shale beds. Some see it as the answer to the energy crisis and a chance at energy independence. But fracking is an incredibly divisive issue ripping apart communities. The backlash is unprecedented, with states and countries adopting fracking bans. Is fracking bad? Or is it truly an unexpected gift of energy and jobs? This film looks past the rhetoric and emotional arguments to find the real issues involved, the opportunity, and the potential health and environmental issues.
Online
2013
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Sled Dogs to St. Paul [electronic resource]: The Race for Clean Water

The film follows the dogsled run of former Minnesota State Representative Frank Moe, who mushed his team of ten sled dogs from Grand Marais, Minnesota to the capitol in St. Paul in March, carrying with him nearly 13,000 petition signatures opposing sulfide mining.
Online
2012
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Strange Days on Planet Earth [electronic resource]: Dirty Secrets

Something is amiss in our global world water supply: striped bass are succumbing to flesh-eating bacteria in Chesapeake Bay; seabird chicks are starving in Hawaii; coral reefs are weakening under a growing assault of invisible contaminants; and an increasing variety of aquatic animals are showing signs of developmental disorders. Learn the sources of different kinds of water pollution, the biological and ecological explanation for its effects, and how scientists research questions relating to these matters. Find out how we all can make a difference.
Online
2012