Posted in: Environment
The Dirtiest Place on the Planet
It is the city of Linfen, China and spending about a day there breathing in the air is about the same as smoking three packs of cigarettes. The scary part is that there’s a lot of cities in China like this. Sixteen out of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China. Linfen produces what any nation of over a billion people need – a ton of energy. It’s an endless landscape of factories all spewing a bunch of toxic chemicals into the air and poisoning the land and the water. There’s no clouds,...
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Fracking in America
Energy independence. Two words that became very important in the U.S. politics. For years now, the United States has tried to lower its dependence on foreign oil for its energy needs. With stability in the Middle East in question, drilling at home has never been more attractive, but it often comes at a cost. Natural gas extraction – fracking – is being touted as the answer. The way fracking is taking place, there are questions being asked about the process and its implications. People have been aware for...
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The Battle for the Arctic
Fault Lines looks at the potential environmental impact of resource extraction in the Arctic, and what that might mean for the people who live there. The UN has imposed a 2013 deadline for the submission of scientific claims to the Arctic seabed. It is the precursor to a resource boom which would see Canada, the US, Russia, Norway and Greenland all attempt to exploit the region's resources. These Arctic countries are desperately mapping out their territories so they can tap into the fossil fuels and minerals...
The Living Earth
Over the past 4 billion years, life has evolved from simple single celled organisms into the tremendous variety of plants and animals that exist today. As scientists learn more about the Earth’s history, they are realizing that the forces which have shaped the planet have also had a profound effect on the course of evolution. The movement of the tectonic plates has rearranged the continents, providing ever-changing conditions for living organisms, stimulating the evolution of new life-forms. Violent volcanic...
anOther Story Of Progress
anOther Story Of Progress covers various issues, such as environmental destruction, indigenous resistance and insurrection - from a primitivist perspective. It also features primitivist thinkers such as John Zerzan and Layla AbdelRahim, as well as activists Vandana Shiva and Ana Maria Lozano from Justicia y Paz - to mention just some of the people appearing in the film. Aside from footage shot with a home video-camera, material has been drawn from various documentaries to emphasise the thesis presented in the...
Killer Cloud
In 1783, thousands in Britain died as a result of an environmental disaster, choking on poisonous gases from a huge volcanic eruption in Iceland. The ensuing winter was one of the harshest ever recorded and claimed even more lives. This forgotten disaster has remained a mystery for the past 200 years. ‘Timewatch’ reveals the evidence and reviews the likelihood of a...
Surviving Alone in Alaska
Have you ever wondered if you would survive in the wilderness, on your wits, alone? Heimo Korth did. Now, he’s the last man standing in an Alaskan wilderness. His neighbor is a polar bear. His other neighbor is a caribou. Say goodbye to civilization.Near the end of his Presidency, Jimmy Carter created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: 20 million acres that were off limits to hunters and oil seekers. Six families were allowed to stay and occupy a cabin in the wild. There is only one man still standing. Heimo...
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CRY WOLF: An Unethical Oil Story
DeSmogBlog investigates the controversial decision by Alberta's government to ignore the threat of rapid industrial expansion in the Alberta Tar Sands region, and instead kill thousands of wolves to appear to be doing something to save dwindling woodland caribou populations. Through interviews with scientists, wildlife experts and a First Nations chief, the myth of Canada's "ethical oil" is further exposed as oil industry greenwashing. Learn more...
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Cari Hutan: In Search of Forest
"Cari Hutan - In the Search of Forest". According to several Indonesian environmental NGOs (REDD-Monitor and WatchIndonesia) "Cari Hutan" might be the most informative, educative, yet thrilling and amusing documentary ever made in Indonesia about the subject of deforestation. "Cari Hutan" is, above all, a road movie that takes the audience on a journey, by hitchhiking and boat, through Kalimantan in search of the last remaining forests. Eventually it follows the traces of destruction to Jakarta and Germany....