In order to be able to grasp the concept behind the term environmental, one must be able to define the term environment. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the conditions that surround someone or something; the conditions and influences that affect the growth, health, progress, etc., of someone or something is called environment.
As an individual branch, environmental science emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. The creational spark was as the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill catastrophe along with the publication of Rachel Carson's book called ‘Silent Spring’ concerning the rising of the environmental issues. In order to resolve environmental issues, several branches were combined with the purpose of producing complex analysis on concerning issues. These branches include ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, geography and geodesy.
Related branches include environmental studies and engineering. The first one is concerned with the human factor and the very perception of environment. The second branch more focused on the development of the technology necessary for the overall improvement of environmental quality.
Now that we have clarified the term and the science behind it, let us move to the content of this particular category. The task at hand here is to give you the profound knowledge on the various environmental issues that we are facing today.
Discover what it is like to live in the most polluted place on Earth. The residents of a coal-mining town of Linfen in China are forced to live in a smog engulfed area with dangerously polluted rivers.
Can you imagine what would be like to live in a completely pollution-free world? Is it possible to have transportation with zero emission, an absolutely renewable energy sources and non-polluted drinking water? Find the answers to these questions in a documentary that we provided for you.
Explore the origin of life itself and learn what you can do to prevent the ongoing transformation of Earth from a place we call home to an inhabitable planet. Certain scientists predict that in the matter of ten years natural resources will be utterly spent and the climate drastically changed.
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The Light Bulb Conspiracy is a documentary that examines how companies undertake Planned Obsolescence, which is the deliberate shortening of product life spans. This as the movie argues is done to guarantee consumer demand.The Light Bulb Conspiracy involves investigative research and rare archive footage to trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, right from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to modern day stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers.This film moves to different countries like France, Germany, Spain and the US in order to find witnesses belonging to an industry and following a business practice which forms the basis of the modern economy.The film shows the underbelly of the business practice by showing disquieting pictures from Africa, a country where discarded electronics are piled up in huge cemeteries for electronic waste.
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"Learn about what is going on under your feet as National Geographic plunges into Earth’s depths to reveal the history of our world and what is below us.This documentary includes info on how the earth was formed, what major changes have happened since the dinosaurs and how the world is changing now."
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This enthralling documentary is not simply about the fascinating subject of Garbage recycling and bio-diversity along with the architechtural designs associated with biotechture but as much to do with the struggle against the massively obstructive US Government legislature in order to explore different mechanisms to survive against the global warming in the world.Architect Michael Reynolds strives against the odds to develop techniques and diversity to provide self sustainability for many.He maps the progress of his many “Earthship” communities and how each have come into being. Using solar energy and utilising garbage in his buildings (Beer bottles, plastic bottles etc) he has over the years built special buildings in New Mexico which are totally “Off-grid” using no gas, electric or water.Reynolds shows how these remarkable buildings require no heat even in the height of winter when it can get to minus 35 degrees.This starts as a fantastic evolutionary “Grand Design” type documentary but you then begin to be drawn into the complex and TOTALLY frustrating regime of legislating which seeks to prevent any degree of change; often to solely protect other carbon inefficient industries! The documentary is a rollercoaster of excitement for the enthusiastic followed by real dips when dealing with the politics.It took Reynolds to take his team to a Tsunami area and build some structures there before some of the self motivated , agenda focused, politicians to grant him the opportunity to develop his radical thinking and development.The documentary addresses:Thermal massWind powerSolar powerRammed earthGarbage utilisation & recyclingWater harvestingRenewable energyTemperature stabilizationThis allows you to understand the benefits of having no mortgage, no utility bills etc….brilliant.Read more at Garbage Warrior.
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World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF); This playlist of short video documentaries describes the culture of working for your bed and board on an organic farm. It attempts to highlight the potential to travel and experience different cultures without having the expense of accommodation and food…BUT…you will be expected to work for the opportunity.The first documentary in the playlist was aired in 2007 and won an award for the best short film in the free cinema category, Exeter, UK and went on to win further awards in 2009. This is a low/no budget film set in Cornwall in the Southern part of England.This has no narration and is a poignant view of life working on the land with, in many cases, only yourself as company. This can be seen as a spiritual solitude or as a torture dependant upon you point of view and emotional state at the time. I understand this very well having “wwoofed” in New Zealand and in Greece and there is something very special about being at one with nature and not having any of the social, commercial or business related pressure which comes with working in a regular occupation.Stefan Van Oeckel, the wwoofer, paints a relaxed but introvert picture of the tasks at hand whilst the film-maker, Robin Whenary, captures some very arousing and compelling images of the life on the land. Living in a remote small caravan may not be everyone’s idea of fun but to many this is a way to spend valuable solitary time with none of the normal distractions of modern life.The climate in Britain is simply so inclement that you have to be well adjusted to make the most of the situation but you will be wet at some point and the prospect of drying out in that small caravan does not thrill me. My experiences were in absolutely fantastic (but roasting hot) conditions in Greece and a little cooler in New Zealand and the second short documentary in the playlist shows a Canadian reporter, Reb Stevenson, describing wwoofing in Britain in a much different aspect to the previous video which was set in Cornwall getting into winter.This is a completely different type of documentary to the first but should give an insight to what wwoofing is all about…you should be aware though that this is only showing woofing in Britain but the Wwoofing organisation in a global phenomena and to learn more you should consider visitingwww.wwoof.org for further information.
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What if we could live in a clean world?A world in which energy would be 100% renewable, water no longer polluted, transportation truly green and production methods clean and regenerative? There will be such a world. In this documentary VPRO Backlight explores the unprecedented possibilities of a new industrial revolution: Cleantech. Signs of a new future are visible everywhere, from China to the US and from Europe to Thailand. Green mobility powered by sustainable energy, clean drinking water for all thanks to nanotechnology, dyeing textiles using recycled CO2. All of this is possible and is happening successfully now! Working together with Cleantech-founder Nick Parker, this film shows what our world will be like in the decades to come. VPRO Backlight travels the world in search of a clean future.
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01 Nov 2012 – Update: this documentary is currently for preview only (sorry). Full version can be bought here. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course.
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Solar PV systems have now made a massive leap in the energy generation field. We have always been hunter gatherers but now it is more hunting for energy and fuel to produce this energy…fossil fuels are so depleted now and we explore the challenge from the alternative. SOLAR ENERGY … and this is Solar energy on a massive scale!!This is a Gigawatt industry in the next few years.Germany is leading the way in the production of this clean quiet energy and the model for this should be adopted by other countries. The growth in this energy sector is expanding at a phenomenal rate and is probably aligned with the subsidies afforded by the German government.This has moved from simple “Idealism” to the much different model of “Money making”… feed in tariffs now make investment in this technology an absolute “No Brainer” for investors.Countries all over the world are now being forced to work towards utilising a renewable green energy.ALL OF THE WORLDS ENERGY CAN BE PROVIDED BY THE USE OF SOLAR — and this can be easily proven. An area the size of France placed in the Sahara could provide ALL of the energy required by ALL of mankind!! Staggering but true.The feed in tariffs in many countries including UK now allow domestic use of solar energy but it is the mass production of massive systems which will go a long way to erradicate the current fossil fuel disaster around the world.Sadly lobbying by petrochemical and nuclear industries are still making this transition possible. Now with the cost of fuel rising frequently and the cost of electricity in your area, solar technology will have to be adopted rather than traditional energy.The technical advances are staggering and the production of the solar cells are becoming much cheaper and more efficient. Add to this the use of specially designed mirrors mean that this is simply a huge potential to make fantastic changes to how the planet is being denuded. This documentary is not a “touchy feely” prediction…this focuses on massive industrial implications with the ultimate that energy costs can only come down due tot he passive nature of the technology….this is a first ever in the history of the world…but possible and probable.There are now solutions which have been studied and developed over 25-30 years and put into large scale manufacture will drive the cost of energy down…this is a revolution. This is being dubbed the ET (Energy Technology) Revolution much bigger than the IT Revolution.The documentary has the feel of the excitement which is being felt and developed in this industry. Conventional power industry is only going to lose out in the future.India is taking up the gauntlet to get a foothold in the provision of energy…they have te capability and the drive to do so.Solar energySolar integrationSolar useSolar was in the past too expensive but it has now dropped in cost by a factor of 10 so is 10 times cheaper and now extremely competitive and clean and limitless.Spain has produced a system producing a massive 300 megawatts solar field based upon solar reflection rather than PV (Photo Voltaic) cells and with the oil prices spiralling they are benefiting every time this happens.A plant in USA has been doing this for over 20 years in Mojava Desert CSPs (Concentrated Solar Plants) have been operating in a private self sustaining setup so this is absolute PROOF that solar is the way ahead and the only reason it has not been undertaken in greater scale because of the petro chemical lobby!!The deserts are destined to become the new generators…and they can also be used to convert salt water into fresh water.The major difficulty is down to the politics surrounding this massive change…the conflict between Petro chemical companies with their lobbying power in worldwide parliaments… and the affordable energy and water distributors.Politics!!!!!! Or do we want a caring compassionate world….we can save the planet….Huge off shore islands are being planned…fantastic ideas shown here…prototypes are actually under construction.We do not wish to become dependent upon monopolies again and the best approach is to have many self producing decentralised power plants. Solar panel on a roll are being produced so they can be rolled out on factory roofs for example.Energy payback is now less than a year making this another no brainer. The documentary debates whethher the energy yield is competitive with bio mass for example…the difference is that solar is 50 times more effective…staggering…and clean.If you wish to read more on this subject please visit http://www.solarenergy.com/There is another fascinating article relating to eco power and sustained living http://www.documentarytube.com/garbage-warrior
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Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it morphed from an illegal (and possibly crazy) habit to a sustainable, community-supported skill. Mirroring beekeeping’s own ascendance, she found more than just a living: “This is the first time in my life when I’ve just felt absolutely on the right path.”A project from bureauofcommongoods.com, Made by Hand is a new short film series celebrating the people who make things by hand—sustainably, locally, and with a love for their craft.
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Two young Maritimers take a 4 month journey across Canada, from the East coast to the West coast, volunteering at 10 small-scale organic farms along the way. In an effort to connect with the people on the front line of sustainable food production in a society where large-scale farming is key to our economy, they work for the farms to learn more about them.Their main thought is that small, ecologically responsible farms are a viable resource for food and also create a better environment for people and the country.Along with interviews of the farmers themselves, this film includes segments by David Suzuki, and information on ‘factory farms’ and why the use of synthetic additives like fertilizers are hurting the people consuming the food.For more info on this journey, go to www.locallyabundantfilm.com
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This very well produced documentary explores the origins of life and then looks at where we are today and what we now need to do to avoid transforming our planet into a place where we can no longer survive. We see here a no nonsense view which is very easy to watch with great pictorial views.Water is one of the key resources considered since life is made up of this matter.This film is a profit free distribution in order to promulgate the message to as many people as possible…we all need each other…all our lives hang in the balance.We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.
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The possibility of oil exploitation has threatened the community of Talamanca, Costa Rica for many years. As one of the most biodiverse areas on this planet, its fertile land supports rich agriculture and a booming ecotourism industry. Petroleum companies cannot be allowed to pollute the fragile ecosystem upon which so many people depend. To not only combat the oil companies but also provide an alternative to petroleum, a group of leaders band together to form the Cooperativa de Talamanca Sostenible.Their journey to find a source of sustainable clean energy that benefits not only the environment but also the local community serves as an inspiration for communities around the world.Director: Alicia HabermanProducer: Amy ZhangCinematographer: Elle MarshEditor: Leandra RuppersburgFind out more about the filmmakers, the subjects and Costa Rica at coopetal.actualitymedia.org
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"In this documentary you will discover ants through the vision of the world renowned expert Bert Hoelldobler. There are endless records held by these amazing insects and this video is enlightening to say the least. Ants can survive and out-survive many of their peers which is demonstrated by the longevity of the species."