Earth Focus: Tackling Ocean Challenges

Tackling Ocean Challenges

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

The XPrize Ocean Initiative seeks to solve some of these critical threats by bringing in teams from around the world for high-profile competitions to find the best new technologies and stimulate investment in research and development. After the massive Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Clean up XCHALLENGE in 2011 awarded $1.4 million to a team that demonstrated an oil recovery cleanup rate four times greater than the industry's previous best recovery rate.

A second $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is spurring innovators to develop accurate and affordable pH sensors to deepen our understanding of ocean acidification, which threatens the growth of shellfish and coral reefs. Click HERE about the Montana team of chemists and engineers who won the two grand prizes of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE in 2015.

 

For more information on the issue and what you can do, visit our Oceans page.

Category:

Upcoming Airdates

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.

  • 2017-10-17T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-17T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-19T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-19T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-21T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-21T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Women and the Changing Environment

This episode of "Earth Focus" looks at how and why women are disproportionately affected by climate change and features excerpts from the Population Action International film "Weathering Change" with stories from women in Nepal, Peru and Ethiopia.

 

 

  • 2017-10-18T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-20T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-20T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

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.

  • 2017-10-18T18:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-31T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-31T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-02T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-02T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-04T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-04T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Exposed: The Ugly Side of Food Production

Food and social justice. Human rights abuses, rape and corrupt practices in the Bangladesh shrimp industry. A report by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation uncovers the human and environmental cost of shrimp farming and shows why buying shrimp from Bangladesh where they are exposed to pesticides and injected with dirty water may be hazardous to your health. UK's The Ecologist investigates the plight of African migrant workers in Italy and looks how financial speculation is threatening the livelihood of Mexican farmers.

  • 2017-10-23T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-23T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-25T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-27T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-27T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

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.

  • 2017-10-24T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-24T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-26T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-26T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-28T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-28T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

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.

  • 2017-10-25T18:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Envisioning The Future

City of the future? A look at Hamburg Germany, Europe's Green Capital 2011. And a future model for business? Vestergaad Frandsen, a Swiss medical textile company pioneers a an innovative new business scheme -- carbon credits for water -- that shows how doing good can be good business.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 2017-10-30T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-10-30T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-01T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-03T00:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-03T04:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Restoring The Earth

(Earth Focus: Episode 53) It is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, to improve the lives of people trapped in poverty and to sequester carbon naturally. John Liu presents "Hope in a Changing Climate," which showcases approaches that have worked on the Loess Plateau in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Produced in collaboration with the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP).

  • 2017-11-01T18:30:00-07:00
    KCETLINK

Sweden: Gateway to Green Innovation

(Earth Focus: Episode 45) The future -- Swedish style. Stockholm's Royal Seaport, a rundown district in Sweden's capital, is set to become a model of energy efficiency. Plantagon, a leader in vertical urban agriculture, has an answer to feeding the mega cities of tomorrow -- urban skyscraper farms. The Stockholm eatery Nyagatan, cuts carbon emissions by going local and organic. Solvatten, a Swedish water purification system that uses sunlight is now being used around the world.

  • 2017-11-05T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-06T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-07T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-09T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-10T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Nuclear Power: America Goes Naked

"Going naked" is how the insurance industry describes not having insurance. And when it comes to the worst hazards of nuclear power — America is going naked. Correspondent Miles Benson investigates why the U.S. nuclear power industry is underinsured by hundreds of billions of dollars. He also speaks with Australian physician, author and nuclear industry critic Dr. Helen Caldicott on the health effects of nuclear radiation including cancers, fetal damage and genetic mutation.

  • 2017-11-06T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-07T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-08T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-09T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-10T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-11T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Biodiversity and Health

(Earth Focus: Episode 41) What do plants, snakes, molds, marine sponges, and cone snails have in common? They have helped develop medicines that save human lives. Biodiversity -- the variety of life on Earth -- is key to human survival. But plants, animals, and microorganisms are disappearing at unprecedented rates. What impact will this have on human health? Find out in this Earth Focus special report produced in collaboration with the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School.

  • 2017-11-08T17:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

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."

  • 2017-11-12T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-13T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-14T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-16T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-17T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Mining Battles: Uranium, Coal and Gold

An impoverished former mining community in Colorado hopes that a proposed uranium mill will bring jobs and prosperity until environmentalists step in to try to stop it. Who gets to decide? Filmmaker Suzan Beraza documents the debate in her new film Uranium Drive In.

  • 2017-11-13T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-14T03:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK
  • 2017-11-15T23:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK

Unsafe: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals

There are tens of thousands of chemicals in our air, water, and in the everyday products we use. They are largely unregulated and few are adequately tested for safety. They contribute to disease and are linked to conditions such as asthma, autism, ADHD, diabetes, cancers, infertility, cognitive disorders, obesity, reproductive disorders and birth defects. "Earth Focus" looks at endocrine disruptors, ubiquitous chemicals that affect development, metabolism, fertility and intelligence at extremely low doses and at what measures could be taken to better ensure public safety.

  • 2017-11-15T17:30:00-08:00
    KCETLINK