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1906, A City Remembers

A special TV presentation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. Survivors of the "Great quake" all in their hundreds, share their vivid memories of the terrifying morning of April 18th, 1906. Highlights include archival footage of the destruction caused by the quake, rebuilding efforts and the resilence of the people.

20% Renewable Energy by 2020

The European Union has set itself the goal of raising the share of renewable energy sources in the final overall energy consumption of the Union from 8.5% in 2005 to 20% in 2020. This is an ambitious objective, but it is also a necessary contribution to the global fight against climate change and towards better control over energy dependence. The various uses for renewable energy sources are examined: electricity for wind and hydraulic energies; electricity or heat for geothermal and solar energies; multiple applications: electricity, heat, and biofuel for biomass, the "Sleeping Giant".

A Cowhand's Song: Crisis on the Range

A documentary on the lives of cattle ranchers in California and Nevada who graze cattle on publicly owned lands. Also details the threat posed by government agencies and environmental and recreational groups to the ranchers' continuing use of the land. 1983. 29 min. NRLF #: B 3 969 300

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

A documentary film that debunks the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stares bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource. "Our civilization's addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with disaster .. the film visits with the world's top experts and comes to a startling but logical conclusion--our industrial society, built of cheap and readily available oil, must be competely re-imagined and overhauled.

A Crude Impact

As the worldwide dependence on oil continues to grow, what does it mean for our world? Journeying from the West African Delta to the Amazon rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early man to the unknown future, Crude Impact unravels the complex entanglement of a fierce devotion to oil with the fate of indigenous cultures, human rights, our global economy and the planet itself. Fueled by discovery, outrage, humor and ultimately hope, the film offers an inspirational vision for change. Directed and written by James Jandak Wood. 2006. 200 min.

A Lake View.

Examines the environmental problems resulting from the deposition of wastes from nearby residential houses into the Dhanmondi Lake which was excavated in the 60's as part of the Dhaka Urban Development Program. 1997. PAL format. In Bengali. 16 min.

A Legacy for the Future: Conserving Philippine Biodiversity, the Banahaw, Palapag and Malindang.

Ecology students visit three areas in the Philippines to document the nation's rich biodiversity and to discover some of the reasons why these ecosystems are imperiled. 1997. 32 min.

A Narmada Diary.

Documents five years of activities by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the construction of the Sardar Sarover Dam in India. The people of the Narmada Valley, with their insistence on non-violence and their determination to drown rather than be shifted off their land, have become a symbol of global struggle against unjust and unsustainable development. Directed by Anand Patwardhan and Simantini Dhuru.1995. 60 min. ;

A Naturalist in the Rainforest.

Tells the story of Alexander Skutch and reveals the splendors of tropical nature that have captivated him for over half a century. One of the great naturalists of our time, Skutch travelled around Central America for years uncovering the secrets of tropical birdlife. His later efforts to live and farm in harmony with the rainforest in Costa Rica, make Skutch's remarkable story especially relevant today. 54 min.
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A Plague on Our Children (Nova series)

Part 1 focuses on dioxin herbicides and their possible harmful effects on man and the environment. Shows sites in Oregon where residents suffer from an extremely high incidence of cancer, miscarriages, and disease. Also discusses claims made by veterans who blame their health problems on Agent Orange. Part 2 documents the problems of disposing PCB's. Examines the ecological crisis at Love Canal, N.Y., where a school was built directly over buried chemicals and where hundreds of families have been evacuated because of the disposed chemicals. 1980. 57 min.

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