Alexandra Villaseñor takes in the damage of a wildfire in Paradise, California. | Thomson Reuters Foundation/Nicky Milne

"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 the politics of the environment, including youth climate activists around the globe, the transition away from coal in South Africa, curbing illegal, poisonous gold mining in Peru, and a feature-length documentary on the environmental politics of the New West. 

Premiering:

  • Tues., Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California
  • Wed., Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV nationwide
  • Sun., Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT on WORLD Channel

Funders

Full Episodes

Upcoming Airdates

The New West and the Politics of the Environment

A quiet, little-known revolution is taking place in American environmental politics in a most surprising place—Nevada. In this feature-length documentary, Earth Focus tells the story of Harry Reid, a politician who grew up in an Old West mining town, saw the possibility of a New West emerging in Nevada, and rode that change to power. Reid used power in new ways to settle water wars with respect for Native Americans, protect endangered species and wilderness, and usher in a just transition to renewable energy. Could this western green new deal set an example for the nation?

  • 2020-10-04T11:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

The Youth Climate Movement Around the World

In 2019, 16 children from across the world including Greta Thunberg filed a historical, global lawsuit petitioning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to hold five of the world’s leading economic powers accountable for inaction on the climate crisis. All 16 young people are alarmed by the changes they see in their homelands.

  • 2020-10-07T22:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-10-28T22:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Coal Mining in South Africa

South Africa faces a stark reality as the continent’s largest greenhouse gas emitter. More than 80% of power generation comes from coal, with 11 coal power plants turning the province of Mpumalanga into one of the most polluted areas of the world. As the world moves away from fossil fuels and major global investors pull out, renewable energy fights to forge the future. The tension is palpable among the government, coal producers, workers, and the environment in a post-apartheid South Africa facing pressing developmental challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

  • 2020-10-14T22:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

The Price of Gold in Peru

When Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra came to power in 2018, one of his first priorities was to gain control over the devastating outbreak of illegal gold mining operations. In February 2019, the government launched Operation Mercury, a decisive action to shut down an entire town built around an illegal gold mine.

  • 2020-10-21T22:30:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Explore Earth Focus

Los Angeles
34.052169100000, -118.243717600000
Los Angeles is one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots in the world, despite its smog, urban sprawl and snarling freeways.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/los_angeles_earthfocus_s1_e6_urbanhabitat_s1.jpg?itok=GnSrTJG9
  • Earth Focus
Kaktovik, Alaska
70.130255700000, -143.615392500000
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.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus-map_kaktovik-alaska_600.jpg?itok=A-62cQfr
  • Earth Focus
Taft, CA
35.147321000000, -119.448222200000
The mayors of the neighboring towns of Taft and Arvin are divided on the impacts of oil and gas drilling on their communities.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_201_kerncounty_600.jpg?itok=C2JbEz3T
  • Earth Focus
New Orleans, LA
29.951064700000, -90.071702200000
There is a big movement brewing in New Orleans to build adaptive "resilience zones."
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_louisiana_isle-de-jean-charles-aerial-update_1920x1080.jpg?itok=zVm2G0FV
  • Earth Focus
Ulaanbataar, Mongolia
47.922813500000, 106.922199500000
More than 600,000 Mongolian nomadic herders have moved to the city after extreme weather patterns, have killed their cattle.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/mongolia_chudur-jugder_nicky-milne_600.jpg?itok=G2-RygDw
  • Earth Focus
Tijuana, Mexico
32.514852200000, -117.038196100000
A new community of Haitian people has settled at the border between Mexico and the U.S.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_haitian-migrants-tijuana_600.jpg?itok=d6a9RZUL
  • Earth Focus
Freetown, Sierra Leone
8.464746700000, -13.233158000000
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.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_freetown_mudslide-mountain_600.jpg?itok=33nf0Rcc
  • Earth Focus
Isle de Jean Charles
29.398691500000, -90.488736300000
In Southeast Louisiana, the native peoples of the Isle de Jean Charles have become the first U.S citizens displaced by climate change.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_barrier-island_600.jpg?itok=jQ-auIAX
  • Earth Focus
Id Soussane in Marrakesh-Safi
14.458333600000, -16.865039500000
An ancient method of gathering moisture from fog is alleviating unprecedented drought and groundwater mismanagement in Western Morocco, near the Sahara Desert.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_morocco_fog-catcher-man_600.jpg?itok=811vB2h0
  • Earth Focus
Andavadoaka, Madagascar
-22.074452600000, 43.236828300000
In Madagascar, we see how villagers are closing off marine areas to allow the fish supply to replenish at a natural pace.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_madagascar_woman-in-sea-cucumber-reserve_600.jpg?itok=J8pZs6ev
  • Earth Focus
San Diego, CA
32.715733300000, -117.161091300000
In San Diego, California, aquaculturists are exploring open ocean farming as a more sustainable model for the fishing industry.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_san-diego_stills_swimming-inside-cage_600.jpg?itok=JK-E3zn-
  • Earth Focus
Fresno, CA
36.737610600000, -119.787794200000
In California's Central Valley, there are still close to one million people who don't have access to clean drinking water.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_stills_denise-hutson-pumping-water_600.jpg?itok=t65sahjS
  • Earth Focus
San Francisco, CA
37.774999700000, -122.419481500000
San Francisco's developers are building expensive real estate on floodplains as officials try to heed expert future sea level projections.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_san-francisco-flood-rendering_600.jpg?itok=0EyPuM7t
  • Earth Focus
Petorca, Chile
-32.251274100000, -70.933933900000
The global demand for avocados is having a devastating impact on a drought-stricken community in Chile.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_chile-petorca_1920.jpg?itok=x0sl-gEu
  • Earth Focus
Ashland, Oregon
42.194516900000, -122.709499400000
In the Northwest United States, scientists and citizens are collaborating to stop illegal lumber from entering the country.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earthfocus_s2_e3_buildingafuturelumberpoachinginoregonandbrazil_s3.jpg?itok=FeFhNq8S
  • Earth Focus
Araribóia Indigenous Reserve, Maranhão, Brazil
-5.566938700000, -46.742000800000
In Brazil, violent clashes have erupted where Indigenous groups are trying to stop poachers from decimating their forest.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_brazil-guardians_1920.jpg?itok=8FmW_Zzy
  • Earth Focus
Pixley, California
35.970536000000, -119.290541000000
In Central California farmers have found ways to reduce and even reuse methane gas.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_diary-owner_1920.jpg?itok=CnosbRHd
  • Earth Focus
Hadado, Kenya
1.475890600000, 39.238070900000
In Eastern Africa, drought is creating a market for a new, unexpected source of milk.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_kenya_three-camels_600.jpg?itok=t8hoNptw
  • Earth Focus
Paramount, California
33.889459800000, -118.159791100000
In East Los Angeles, formerly incarcerated individuals are finding green job opportunities as they transition underserved communities into solar power.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earthfocus_s2_e5_lightingapathembracingsolarincaliforniaand_s3.jpg?itok=64o_3e8F
  • Earth Focus
Zanzibar, Tanzania
-6.163356600000, 39.197467800000
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.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_205_zanzibar-solar-mamas-group_1920.jpg?itok=PnIWrF58
  • Earth Focus
Fort Bragg, California
39.440910900000, -123.803071100000
Off the coast of California, the disappearing abalone population is raising flags about ocean health and the lasting impact of rising sea temperatures.
https://www.kcet.org/sites/kl/files/styles/kl_image_small/public/thumbnails/map/earth-focus_oceans-shells_1920.jpg?itok=8hEJb9RP
  • Earth Focus