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Our Fragile Planet

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution.

Long before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, BP was widely viewed as a company that valued deal-making and savvy marketing over safety, a ''serial environmental criminal'' that left behind a long trail of problems, deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations, which many now believe should have triggered action by federal regulators.

Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Will ours too?

In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his land was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a giant reservoir of natural gas, and that he would be paid to lease his land for natural gas extraction. Fox documented his cross-country trek to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracking is actually safe. What he unearthed was a shocking discovery about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, and raced to find answers about fracking before it was too late.

The draught of 1931 brought financial and emotional ruin to thousands of families in the Southern Plains. The dust bowl was America's worst ecological disaster.

A scientific examination of the top ten disasters that have the capacity to annihilate the human race-and it's not just the usual threats from nuclear weapons, climate change, and meteorite impacts. There are a number of lesser-known but much more probable risks to humankind-threats that humanity has created for itself.

A surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Due to the high demand for sand, the planet's reserves are being threatened. Three-quarters of the world's beaches are in decline and bound to disappear as victims of erosion, or of sand smuggling. Triggered by building construction, smuggling bands, or "sand mafias," plunder beaches and rivers for this highly prized commodity.

Explores the past, present and future of scientific exploration on the world's most mysterious continent with a focus on announcing the latest discoveries on the issue of climate change. From Ernest Shackleton's first scientific expedition 100 years ago to today's scientists, old, new and yet unreleased data raise questions about what is happening on Antarctica and its impact on the rest of the world.

Examines the perilous conditions of the nation's waterways and the effect on the overall ecosystem.

Over the past 100 years, the mass consumption of fossil fuel, especially in America, has contributed to a dangerous global warming that has adversely impacted the way we live.

Explores water quality and shortages around the world and how activists are seeking solutions to the growing problems that humans face with water.

Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can't gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family's table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. .

In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl, filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives and genetics of packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the 'dead zone' which still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

Our planet is lit up 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We're addicted to light of all kinds, and like anything else that's addictive, is too much a bad thing? Join leading scientists in the lab and in the field to discover how much harm light at night may be causing people and to learn about the ground-breaking steps being taken to protect us.

A group of scientists travel to Antarctica for over a year to study the impact of global warming on the world's last unconquered continent.

A passionate and inspiring look at former Vice President Al Gore's campaign to expose the myths and misconceptions of global warming, and to create public awareness on the subject.

Documents the efforts of a group of Scottish landowners to thwart Donald Trump's plans to buy an unspoiled area in northeastern Scotland to build two state-of-the-art golf courses.

Under pressure from governments, green groups, and investors, big businesses, such as the oil and coal companies, electric utilities, and automobile manufacturers, are promising to reshape their approach to the environment, climate change, and carbon emissions. This film hows how some corporations around the world are fighting to fend off new regulations while others are repositioning themselves to meet these challenges.

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