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Green Matters: What in the World Is Going On?

Environmental Heroes (#112)

Be thankful for individuals who care enough to make a difference. From across the globe, these special people are taking on unique environmental challenges and in the process protecting our world. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This timely series offers viewers a look into what's being done around the world to help reduce our carbon footprint. Each program highlights information from governments, corporations, environmental agencies and individuals who are finding ways to improve our planet.

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  • Endangered Species (#101)

    From Tibet to Argentina and many places in-between, this encompassing look at endangered species offers insight into the plight and hope for many of the animals on our planet. [20 minutes]

  • Biofuels (#102)

    What do animal dung in Israel and leftover cooking oils in North America have in common? Both are being used as biofuels for powering industrial equipment and motor vehicles. Combine this with efforts to process coconut oil from Uganda and soy from Argentina and you have the beginnings for fossil fuel independence. [22 minutes]

  • Global Warming (#103)

    A critical concern for the planet today is global warming and its probable consequences. And whether warming trends are occurring because of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere or a cyclical change in the weather, the issue is investigated from the Arctic to the Antarctic. [22 minutes]

  • Recycling (#104)

    As the world’s garbage piles grow to even greater heights, many people and industries are finding new uses for old things. In the Philippines, women are running a thriving business repurposing old papers into fashionable accessories creating a worldwide demand. In the U.S., recycling E-waste is big business as producers and consumers consider important ways to reduce their toxic impact on the environment. [23 minutes]

  • Pollution (#105)

    Most everywhere in the world, the air, the ground, the drinking water, the ecosystems and even man-made structures, are impacted by the harmful effects of pollution. This global perspective takes a closer look at this threatening environmental issue. [23 minutes]

  • Alternative Energy (#106)

    Most everyone realizes the environmental and economic cost for the dependence on fossil fuels for energy, foreign or domestic. So it makes sense to embrace other technologies that are cost efficient and sustainable, yet reduce their negative impact on the planet. Governments, industries, and people worldwide are finding new ways to reduce their energy dependency and environmental impact by investing in sustainable energy alternatives. [21 minutes]

  • Organic Living (#107)

    Organic living is based on the belief that food, clothing, and other things in one’s life are best chemical free. However, you don't have to be a purist to make a difference in your own well-being or to improve your personal environment. In this look at modern living we'll learn some different ways the concept of organic can be incorporated into anyone's world. [21 minutes]

  • Conservation (#108)

    With a growing world population, paying close attention to the optimum use and not abuse of natural resources is a compassionate idea. Whether it's reclaiming the desert in China or harvesting water in Kenya, we'll understand the important benefits of resource allocation. [23 minutes]

  • Eco Friendly (#109)

    Choosing a more environmentally friendly approach to life is what this program is about. We'll hop the globe to learn about "green" weddings, constructing "green" buildings and even efforts to make the lowly toilet just a shade greener. [23 minutes]

  • Carbon(Less) Footprint (#110)

    As we travel through life, all of us leave footprints behind. At times these prints are wider and deeper than they should ever be. So how does one go about lightening one's step and reducing the imprint? By sharing, renewing, reusing, and rethinking new ways of doing old things. [22 minutes]

  • Green Good News (#111)

    The old adage “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” doesn’t hold up well when applied to the environment. Around the globe environmental newsworthy events are happening that could have serious consequence. But wait -- here's some good news. [20 minutes]

  • Habitat Loss (#113)

    In the name of progress with an eye on commerce, important habitats are steadily losing ground, quite literally. The consequences of these lost habitats are becoming ever more evident -- dwindling plant and animal life, diminishing vital resources, and other dire consequences. [27 minutes]

  • Climate Change (#114)

    Whatever is causing the change in global climate, the dangers are significantly real. The domino effect of this climatic change can now be found in most places of the world. [25 minutes]

  • Ecotourism (#115)

    What a novel idea, getting up close and personal with plants, animals and the environment and then leaving it just as it was found. Without impact, or damage! Sometimes that means bypassing that once in a lifetime experience or forsaking the urge for a take-home souvenir. [21 minutes]

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