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"Earth Focus" is an environmental news magazine that features investigative reports and in-depth stories about our changing environment and how it affects people around the world.

Our upcoming season of "Earth Focus" examines how communities are transitioning and adapting from different energy sources and how the laws of supply and demand affect the environment and people in different ways. Premiering locally Tue. April 23 on KCET and nationally Wed. April 24 on Link TV.

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Fueling Change: Oil Extraction in Alaska and California

The global demand for oil and gas has long-lasting impacts on the communities that supply it. In Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, powerful native communities are at odds over an oil exploration and drilling plan that will boost their economy but have long-term consequences on native species and their environment. In California’s Kern County, the mayors of two neighboring towns face off on the economic benefits and health risks of oil production and their vastly different visions for the most sustainable path to the future.

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Illicit Ivory

Every twenty minutes an elephant is killed to feed an insatiable demand for ivory. African elephants may be gone in as little as ten years. Behind the slaughter are the most dangerous groups in the world – organized crime syndicates, insurgents and terrorists. Ivory buys guns and ammunition for Uganda's Lord’s Resistance Army and Sudan's Janjaweed, both linked to mass atrocities and supports al Shabaab, the al Qaeda affiliate behind the attacks on Kenya’s Westgate Mall and Garissa University.

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America’s Dirty Secret: Coal Ash

In Juliette, Georgia radioactive water flows from the tap. In Pennsylvania, three adjoining counties battle a rare form of cancer. One thing these communities have in common is their exposure coal ash. Coal combustion powers 40 percent of America’s electricity but generates 130 million tons of coal ash each year. Though it is known to contain carcinogens, coal ash is often dumped in unlined ponds where it leaches into groundwater. There is no federal coal ash regulation on the books—only a patchwork of state level standards.

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Avocado Wars: The Battle Over Water Rights In Chile

The popular demand for avocados, once considered an “exotic” item, is having a devastating impact on a drought-stricken community in Chile. Lying within one of the largest avocado producing regions in the country, Petorca avocado plantations are in a battle over water rights, where claims of illegal water diversion are creating civil unrest.

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Can Religion Save The Environment?

Led by Buddhist monks, Cambodia's indigenous Chong people protest the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The dam, to be built by the Chinese company Sinohydro, would displace the Chong and destroy their ancestral forest home. Kalyanne Mam documents their plight in her film "Fight For Areng Valley." China is beginning to draw on its religious traditions — Tibetan Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism — to help address serious environmental challenges as profiled in Gary Marcuse and Shi Lihong's film "Searching for Sacred Mountain." 

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Chesapeake: Can Oysters Save the Bay?

After centuries of over-harvesting and bouts of disease, oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay plummeted along with profits for the oyster industry and the health of the Bay. In some areas, native oysters are becoming more abundant. But culture and ecology clash as watermen, who depend on harvesting oysters for income, are at odds with scientists and conservationists who want to restore oyster populations. Filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown looks at oysters and the people behind them in her documentary "Spat! Bringing Oysters Back to the Bay."

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Building A Future: Lumber Poaching In Oregon and Brazil

Wood is found in countless products consumers use every day. In fact, lumber is closely connected to the world’s economy – a country’ s importation of lumber tends to rise in correlation with its gross domestic product. Following groups like “Guardians of the Forest,” we explore illegal lumber poaching in the forests of Brazil and Oregon, where citizens and scientists are working together to combat the illegal lumber trade.

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Climate Change: The Rising Cost

(Earth Focus: Episode 70) The cost of climate change is rising and its consequences are increasingly threatening our national security. Droughts, floods, wildfires, and severe weather cost lives and livelihoods when they damage property, crops, and infrastructure. Communities in Texas, Iowa, Colorado, Alaska are already struggling with the impact of climate change and coastal cities face expensive consequences within a couple of decades. The high price we are paying today is a harbinger of what the future may hold. How will the US economy and national security be affected?

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Tackling Ocean Challenges

Oceans support life, yet they are overfished, polluted, and, with global climate change, are becoming increasingly acidic.

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Dairy Alternatives: Rethinking Milk In California and Kenya

The realities of milk production are forcing dairy communities across the globe to rethink the dairy production process. In this episode, we travel to a village in Kenya where the commercialization of camel milk is proving a sustainable solution in the face of drought. In Northern California, the heart of the U.S. dairy industry is finding innovative alternatives to limit the use of water and manure emissions.

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Vanishing Coral

“Vanishing Coral” presents the personal story of scientists and naturalists who are working with local communities to protect coral reefs that are being destroyed by warming seas, pollution, and destructive fishing practices. Featured in the documentary is the President of the Biosphere 2 Foundation Abigail Alling, marine biologist and coral expert Phil Dustan, captain of the Mir research sailing vessel Mark Van Thillo, and Nono Suparno, a leading conservationist in Bali.

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Food Heroes

"Ground Operations," a new film by Dulanie Ellis and Raymond Singer, shows how farming provides both employment and therapeutic recovery for America's combat veterans. Then, meet organic pioneers from Minnesota and Maryland. Also in this episode, a segment showing how California's Pie Ranch develops an innovative way to bring healthy food to a high tech giant while saving a small family business in the process.

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Lighting A Path: Embracing Solar Power In California and Zanzibar

Solar power is changing lives in unexpected places. At the Barefoot College in Zanzibar, Muslim women who have traditionally been marginalized in the workforce are learning solar installation and bringing it back to their villages, which are primarily powered by candles and paraffin lamps. In East Los Angeles, formerly incarcerated individuals are finding green job opportunities as they transition underserved communities into solar power.

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Neonicotinoids: The New DDT?

Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. But they've been linked to the decline of honeybees, which pollinate many food crops. And scientists now say neonicotinoids also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. These pervasive insecticides damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles rely on for food.

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Explore Earth Focus

Los Angeles
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Los Angeles is one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots in the world, despite its smog, urban sprawl and snarling freeways.
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Kaktovik, Alaska
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Congress has reopened 1.5 million acres of landi n the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration. Communities across Alaska's North Slope are divided over the consequences of oil drilling on the land, wildlife and livelihoods of the people.
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Taft, CA
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The mayors of the neighboring towns of Taft and Arvin are divided on the impacts of oil and gas drilling on their communities.
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New Orleans, LA
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There is a big movement brewing in New Orleans to build adaptive "resilience zones."
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Ulaanbataar, Mongolia
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More than 600,000 Mongolian nomadic herders have moved to the city after extreme weather patterns, have killed their cattle.
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Tijuana, Mexico
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A new community of Haitian people has settled at the border between Mexico and the U.S.
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
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A deadly mudslide caused by torrential rains and deforestation in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown exposed the city's failure to plan for urbanization in the face of climate change.
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Isle de Jean Charles
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In Southeast Louisiana, the native peoples of the Isle de Jean Charles have become the first U.S citizens displaced by climate change.
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Id Soussane in Marrakesh-Safi
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An ancient method of gathering moisture from fog is alleviating unprecedented drought and groundwater mismanagement in Western Morocco, near the Sahara Desert.
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Andavadoaka, Madagascar
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In Madagascar, we see how villagers are closing off marine areas to allow the fish supply to replenish at a natural pace.
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San Diego, CA
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In San Diego, California, aquaculturists are exploring open ocean farming as a more sustainable model for the fishing industry.
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Fresno, CA
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In California's Central Valley, there are still close to one million people who don't have access to clean drinking water.
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco's developers are building expensive real estate on floodplains as officials try to heed expert future sea level projections.
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Petorca, Chile
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The global demand for avocados is having a devastating impact on a drought-stricken community in Chile.
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Ashland, Oregon
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In the Northwest United States, scientists and citizens are collaborating to stop illegal lumber from entering the country.
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Araribóia Indigenous Reserve, Maranhão, Brazil
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In Brazil, violent clashes have erupted where Indigenous groups are trying to stop poachers from decimating their forest.
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Pixley, California
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In Central California farmers have found ways to reduce and even reuse methane gas.
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Hadado, Kenya
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In Eastern Africa, drought is creating a market for a new, unexpected source of milk.
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Paramount, California
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In East Los Angeles, formerly incarcerated individuals are finding green job opportunities as they transition underserved communities into solar power.
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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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At the Barefoot College in Zanzibar, Muslim women who have traditionally been marginalized in the workforce are learning solar installation and bringing it back to their villages.
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Fort Bragg, California
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Off the coast of California, the disappearing abalone population is raising flags about ocean health and the lasting impact of rising sea temperatures.
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