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This Planet is a series of short video stories that draw on the best new videos, awesome graphics, and surprising facts about climate, energy and innovation.

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This Planet is a series of 90-second video stories that draw on the best new videos, awesome graphics, and surprising facts about climate, energy and innovation.

This Planet Videos April 2018

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We are all about the ocean this week! Mutant bacteria could eat the plastic in the giant garbage patch, and an innovation might save the Great Barrier Reef. Then again, the currents are not quite right...

 
This Planet's How-To edition: How to catch banned seafood and not get caught. How to feel hope about frogs. And how to avoid falling into a yawning gap in the Earth.

This Planet Videos March 2018

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The big news this week is solar panels - now they can capture the power of falling rain! And one car maker is embedding solar cells in gorgeous roof tiles. There was a heartwarming dolphin rescue too. The bad news: we are still throwing away plastic that finds its way into the ocean.
Remember the Titanic? Yeah that's happening again. Also: electric cars are spreading and pesky mice are disappearing.
Can more snow be the result of less ice? Can you wake up to find a moose in your back yard? Can wind power save the world? Get the answers at THIS PLANET this week....
As Antarctica's sea ice shrinks, at least one penguin species is experiencing a population boom. And the movement towards 'living shorelines' is helping cities like New York protect against flooding.
Yes flamingos are returning to Florida - or maybe they never left. Either way it's cool, but a hot spell in Greenland can temper a good mood.

This Planet Earthweek Videos December 2017 - February 2018

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So you think your weather is weird? Cape Town, S. Africa is about to turn off the taps, and twin cyclones are acting strangely in South East Asia. And then there's the tragedy of Orangutans, great apes that are too close to human for comfort...but that humans are killing off across Borneo.
This week, water is the enemy: a bad cyclone wipes out an island's capitol and climate change causes the waters to rise. But buck up, it turns out that ants have a heroic side.
This Planet's Earthweek: - Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano has been belching smoke but will it blow? And is there something to learn from Pliny the Elder (yes! 79 AD). Then, sad news about micro-plastics. Yes, stop using those facial scrubs, people! And,, maybe Americans will finally find peace when the Russian World Cup is destroyed by -- locusts!
In these darkest days of winter, things can look pretty bleak. OK, let's indulge our gloom just this once: a whole mess of species, including our own, are facing destruction and maybe even doom, based on what we ourselves have wrought. But take heart, the video is only 1.5 minutes long.
The weather is bad, the oceans can't breathe. Then there are the killer fleas.
Bad news, good news: an assault on an endangered mammal, but there is a faster way to grow food to feed a hungry world.
Winter soltice stories: plastic threatens the Arctic; the dangers of animal selfies.

Winter soltice stories: plastic threatens the Arctic; the dangers of animal selfies.

This week: Massive spider nerds locate huge spiders; Permafrost suffers but Antarctic sealife catch a break.

Earthweek November 30

Evelyn Messinger

In this episode of This Planet’s Earthweek:

-       the night sky is getting brighter

-       a volcano erupts in a tourist haven

-       flies spread germs, but can theyhelp prevent diseases?

States Save Planet!

Evelyn Messinger

In five years, as solar installations skyrocketed, prices fell by 2/3 while jobs in the solar industry more than doubled.The exuberant green energy market has been powering along for enough years now that this trend is becoming too clear to be denied: renewable energy adds jobs even as costs come down.

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Too Much Water

Evelyn Messinger

Does it seem like it's raining and snowing and mud-sliding too much? That's because it is. The 12% increase in precipitation means your house may be flooded next. We are living in an anti-science reality - do not accept it! Stand up for NOAA.Gov, the place were true climate information can be found!

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Repowering London Brings Sunshine to Young Lives

Evelyn Messinger

Yes, solar panels work in London despite frequent cloudy weather. Repowering London is engaging whole communities, including this public housing complex in Brixton, in making power and some extra income, from sunshine. They won a 2016 Ashden Award for the project.


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Climate Change Creates Cruising Weather in the Northwest Passage

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For the first time, since it was discovered in 1850, the Northwest Passage is open for tourists -- if they can afford the insurance. The Crystal Serenity makes history as it traverses the NW Passage without the use of an 'icebreaker', truly a fantastic voyage, but at what cost? To learn more about his ground breaking trip check out our newest Huffington Post article


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Funding for African Solar Businesses

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Based in Tanzania, SunFunder has so far provided over $8 million of finance to solar businesses in eight African countries and India, helping them to offer solar electricity to thousands of people.

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Milking The Sunshine

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The cost of electricity is high in Costa Rica, so dairy farmers are using specially designed solar water heaters to wash their milking equipment.

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When a Tree Burns in the Forest

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This video explores the “forest watch” tool launched by the World Resources Institute (WRI) to track forest health and destruction. Forest Watch is an app you can download to your phone or computer, that uses satellite monitoring data.

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Cold War On Ice

Evelyn Messinger

Damn the melting permafrost and full speed ahead – the Arctic is the richest fossil fuel source on Earth, but it was hard to get at all that oil and natural gas because it lay beneath a whole lot of ice. Climate change to the rescue! The Arctic just had its hottest summer on record. Eighty percent of the summertime ice cover has melted since 1979. Cue the military build-up.

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Efficient Living By Design

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Max Fordham designed this library in Worcester England so that it is bright, warm and uses 50% less energy than others its size. There's an award for that: Ashden winner for 2015.

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