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What Lies Upstream

"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.
Clemons (Stacks)

Mujer, Agua y Minería

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

Living Downstream

"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
Clemons (Stacks)

Regionalization / Solid Waste Management Success Stories [electronic resource]

With more than half of America's landfills already closed, it is predicted that 22 states will soon run out of landfill capacity. Episode one of this program presents regionalization, the pooling of municipal resources across political boundaries, as a partial solution. Environmental project specialist Elizabeth Tarver, representatives of BFI and Waste Management, and others address topics such as creating economies of scale, gaining political buy-in, and developing partnerships between the public and private sectors. Episode two, a summary of the series, features notable successes in diverting recyclables, greenwaste, and special waste from the municipal solid waste stream.
2008; 1999

Nature's Cleaners [electronic resource]: Balancing the Biosphere

Arguably the most basic law of the biosphere is this: waste matter must be recycled into fresh building blocks if life is to continually renew itself. To illustrate this principle, this program, divided into 10-minute segments for easy inclusion into lectures, features close-up photography of carrion beetles reducing a rat carcass, pill bugs and worms turning leaves into humus, dung beetles dealing with animal droppings, microorganisms decontaminating sewage at a wastewater treatment plant, and bacteria devouring industrial pollutants. Viewed together, these five very visual episodes underscore the interconnectedness of all living things.
2006; 2003

Save Our Swamp! [electronic resource]: Everglades in Crisis

This program examines the harm done to the Everglades by decades of exploitation and contamination. The impact of the sugar and orange industries, of flood control efforts, of Florida's burgeoning population, and even of competing conservation initiatives are considered. The points of view of environmentalists, industry, Native Americans, and academics are represented by John Ogden, of the Everglades Restoration Program; Malcolm Wade, of the U.S. Sugar Corporation; Buffalo Tiger, an elder of the Miccosukee tribe, which used to live in Water Conservation Area 3A; and biology professors from Columbia and Florida International Universities.
2006; 2000

Lifecycle Assessment [electronic resource]: Environmental Impact of Manufacturing

The planet is not a garbage can, as every Earth-friendly manufacturer knows. This program charts the process of lifecycle assessment for items made of metal, plastic, and wood. The environmental impacts of specific products are followed in detail, including use of natural resources, depletion of raw materials, emissions to the atmosphere and water supply, solid wastes, and ecological consequences. Both conceptual and analytical approaches to lifecycle assessment are presented, and the four main stages of lifecycle assessment are identified: goal definition and scope, inventory of materials, impact assessment, and assessment interpretation.
2006; 2003

When the Dust Settles [electronic resource]: Owens Lake Pemediation Project

An excellent example of governmental and community cooperation in the face of long-standing legal enmity, this program explains how the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are working to eliminate hazardous concentrations of airborne dust from the Owens Lake lakebed-drained nearly dry to supply L.A. with water. The biggest remediation project of its kind in U.S. history, the Owens Lake initiative is using managed vegetation and shallow flooding to stabilize the region and bring its sky-high levels of air pollution back down to earth.
2006; 2003

The Toxins Return [electronic resource]: How Industrial Poisons Travel the Globe

In an era of high-speed international commerce, safety standards and import inspection procedures are riddled with loopholes. The result? Quantities of dangerous substances found in goods manufactured overseas have risen dramatically. This program investigates the alarming global mobility of synthetic toxins, tracing egregious-yet often repeated-hazardous material violations from supplier to storefront. Textile producers in India, a popular retail outlet in Germany, and ports and ground-shipment depots in between all reveal their roles in transporting industrial residues and waste. Activists, government authorities, and workers all-too-familiar with toxic exposure speak out on the dangers.
2010; 2009

Nanoparticles and Mega-Fears [electronic resource]: Debating the Risks of Nanotechnology

Alongside the glittery promise of nanotechnology sits a Pandora's box of potential concerns that range from worrisome applications like nano-enhanced surveillance devices and weapon systems to unintended consequences such as nanopollution and nanotoxicity. This program takes a balanced look at the debate over potential nanotech risks as it presents viewers with the informed opinions of advocates and opponents alike. A voyage of discovery that spans the globe, Nanoparticles and Mega-fears discusses the "gray goo effect" and transhumanism, nanos on the battlefield, nanoscale RFID tagging, the leaching of nanoparticles into the ecosystem, nanoscale effects on the human body, and more. The question of a nanotech gap between developed and developing countries is addressed as well. An exce [...]
2010; 2009

Senegal [electronic resource]: Water Treatment and Distribution

Our most valuable treasure, is how residents of Dakar describe the Bay of Han. But pollution from both residential and industrial sources is destroying the body of water that has long supported fishing families in the Senegalese capital. This program reports on Western-aided efforts to restore the bay's ecological health and its viability as an economic resource. Specific challenges include the lack of plumbing services in many Dakar homes and harmful by-products from businesses-exemplified by waste from a local slaughterhouse. Solutions focus on improved piping and drainage, better sewage collection and infrastructure, and the construction of a new water treatment plant and waste discharge system.
2010; 2009

Flip the Coin [electronic resource]: A Tower of Promises-Telecom Giants in Bangladesh

This is the ugly face of globalization, says A. R. Chowdhury-Repon, director of the Bangladesh Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment Foundation. He refers to a failure on the part of Western multinationals to ensure worker safety and proper environmental procedures in developing countries, and his description is echoed by many others throughout this program. Hidden camera interviews reveal shocking practices in steel factories across Bangladesh-from water pollution to child labor to a complete lack of protection from falls, fire, and hazardous materials. These factories are direct suppliers of the telecom companies Ericsson and Telenor, whose officials also appear on camera, in some cases promising to make amends, in others downplaying any association with wayward vendors. A m [...]
2010; 2009

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

Boneyard [electronic resource]: Electronics

Our lives depend on the power of electricity. Cell phones; computers; televisions; toasters: every one of our electronic devices contains a number of both toxic and reusable materials. Heavy metals and batteries are potentially very damaging to our environment. But what happens to these items after they are broken, worn out, or obsolete? This episode of Boneyard looks at the afterlife of electronics. This innovative look at the ultimate in "reuse, recycle, reduce" reveals some surprising items that are repurposed and reconditioned.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

The Science of Pollution [electronic resource]

A great many materials can impact the environment in a negative way-and while the by-products of manufacturing are a significant factor, pollution can also consist of discarded and post-consumer items. This program explores how pollution can affect the air, water, and land in the form of gases, liquids, and solids. Viewers learn about substances that constitute pollution, such as petroleum products, greenhouse gases, blue-green algae, plastic, street litter, pet waste, and fertilizer, to name a few. The film also explores how a sustainable future depends upon the willingness of individuals to make informed and responsible decisions when purchasing, using, and disposing of goods.
2010; 2009

Seeds of Change [electronic resource]: Case Study of Sustainable Development in China

After surviving an emergency crash-landing, Dr. Sam Chao resolved to do something that would make a difference in the world. This award-winning program follows the outcome of his resolution: ECO, the Ecological Conservancy Outreach fund. Donating his life savings to the project, Dr. Chao enlists his childhood friend, Dr. Larry Wang, to clean up the Yangtze River and its tributaries, ravaged by erosion due to deforestation. As the video shows, sustainable ecological improvement must be linked to economic improvement for farmers whose very lives hang in the balance of such plans. Filmed largely in China's Yunnan province, Seeds of Change visits the farmers who switch from growing crops on the riverbanks to forest-based agriculture.
2009; 2008

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 [...]