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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 November 2018


Good news, bad news, about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica The hole is shrinking 1% to 3% per decade. Why? A 30-year-old international treaty to ban the chemicals that caused the hole is working. But now, our warming planet is affecting ozone. A warmer atmosphere generates more ozone, shrinking the hole.

Although China: * Produces 43% of the world's wind turbines * And makes 60% of its solar cells Beijing's air is very polluted. So China is putting its 772,000,000 Internet users to work - planting trees. Virtual trees, using the Ant Forest app.

Climate Change is disappearing from government websites 2014: the Environmental Protection Agency published videos warning the US and proposing actions First the EPA website shut down its Climate Change page to make "updates."

This Planet Videos October 2018


2014-17 was the worst coral bleaching event in history. But now, the reefs of Sulawesi Island, in the "Coral Triangle," are surprisingly healthy. These reefs are both less vulnerable to warm waters And positioned to help regenerate nearby degraded areas.

Arches National Park, Northeastern Utah: Researchers have a new way to tune in to the vibrations of natural arches. Each of these spectacular landmarks vibrates like a guitar string with its own distinct resonance ...its own "voice" The University of Utah research team is also imaging arches endangered by national monument cutbacks.

Pet lovers, prepare to be disappointed: Your cats and dogs are not as wonderful as you think. A new study shows that feral cats are not so great at killing wild rats. They prefer easier prey, like birds. But not big birds And dogs? New research found dogs are no smarter than wolves, horses or dolphins.

This Planet Videos September 2018


Hurricane Florence was a monster It damaged 4300 homes in North Carolina The National Flood Insurance Program will give many N.C. homeowners money to rebuild. Again. In Belhaven N.C. : Over the last 40 years 120 homes received $13,400,000 to rebuild 5 homes were paid to rebuild 10 times But only about 40 homes received money to reduce exposure to the next flood.
DNA analysis has confirmed the first known hybrid of a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin, spotted off the coast of Hawaii. Scientists say that a single male hybrid doesn't mean a new species is emerging. But new hybrids - like grolar bears, crosses between grizzlies and polar bears - are popping up in recent years.
Can cows repair climate damage? Southern California Gas agreed to pay nearly $120 million to address climate impacts and health concerns from the huge Aliso Canyon gas leak. It released 109 thousand tons of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The plan? Capture methane from cow poop.

This Planet Videos August 2018


The population of king penguins in what was once the world's largest colony has plummeted by nearly 90 percent over the last 35 years and scientists don't know why. The Île aux Cochons colony in the southern Indian Ocean was also once the second largest colony of all penguins.
This Christmas Eve - December 24, 2018 -marks 50 years since this famous picture of Planet Earth was taken. Before that, space efforts were focus on the stars. But since then, NASA has launched scores of satellites to study the earth itself. Earth-observing satellites reveal rainfall patterns that help predict landslides.
August 5: a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia. Satellite images revealed that parts of Lombok island were lifted 10 inches. Other parts dropped by 2 to 6 inches. The temblor killed over 430 people.
A long hot summer in Norway. Summer temperatures in the nation's north usually average between 46° and 61°F. This year, they shot above 89°. Melting ice caused the death of one tourist exploring Norway's famous glaciers. Reindeer and sheep, seeking shade in roadway tunnels, caused 44 traffic collisions in July.

In rural Pennsylvania, the fracking boom has gone on for years. But things haven’t always turned out as expected The reality is, rural roads clogged with trucks, polluted water stored near clean sources, mysterious illnesses, and yeah, this But now, things are changing fast. In February 2018, an Environmental Defense Fund study revealed that leaking fossil fuel operations were emitting 100% more greenhouse gasses than were reported to the state. In May, a church pension fund led a shareholder revolt against Range Resources, demanding a review of emissions standards. And in June, Pennsylvania set limits – for the very first time -- on the release of the greenhouse gas methane by frackers.

This Planet Videos July 2018


Back to nature this week. Too many trees are getting taken down, but some scientists have an audacious plan to save the natural world – or at least half of it. And there’s a mystery: kangaroos are getting drunk, and dying, but why?

This Planet Videos June 2018


Huge failure of Fukushima nuclear recovery in Japan, huge meteor streaks across eastern China, huge bear infestation in a Japanese tourist haven met with - super-cute puppies! Check it out

Danger Episode! Swim with sharks, avoid mosquitos and whatever you do, don't breathe the vog.

This Planet Videos May 2018


Russia is loving nuclear power. California is loving renewable energy. And England is loving...beavers!

This week, plants, animals and humans. Looks like plants can talk to each other and spiders can learn from scientists. As for humans in the political realm, learning and communicating are, shall we say, a bit flawed.

A week for good news: Children are winning one battle about climate change, and the actor Leonardo DiCaprio has put his money where his mouth is. Even a real bad drought might have an ice-cold happy ending.

This Planet Videos April 2018


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


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 Videos Dec. 2017 - Feb. 2018


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.
This week: Among monkey thieves and extortionists, this legendary outlaw was brought to justice in China. And a new initiative, #CleanSeas, to fight plastic pollution.

This Planet's Earthweek November 2017

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?

A new report shows that global levels of CO2 will rise for the first time in three years. And Australia's Unique wildlife are under threat

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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This Planet's Ashden Foundation Videos

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.

"Anyone can start a solar company...but eventually they want to scale up." If you sell solar products or services in Tanzania and beyond, SunFunder will give you the loan you need. That's why they won an Ashden Award. More stories of climate and energy innovations at


The cost of electricity is high in Costa Rica, so dairy farmers are using specially designed solar water heaters to wash their milking equipment. Solar enterprise Enertiva developed the water heaters especially for the dairy farmers. There's an award for that: Ashden winner for 2015. More at

Max Fordham designed this library in 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. Learn more at

A little dam goes a long way, and wins an Ashden Award for 2015: Sarhad Rural Support Programme. Learn more:

For more see This Planet Chronicle's post: Have a couple quid to invest in your favorite clean energy project? There's an app for that. And an award from Ashden.

For more see This Planet Chronicle's post: Saving energy? It's not the tram ride, it's keeping the cabin cozy along the way. This Belgian company discovered a unique way to find and stop energy leaks - and they won an Ashden Award for their efforts.

A great source of climate success stories is The Ashden Charitable Trust's winners of the Ashden Awards. Ashden not only presents one of the world's most prestigious awards to energy innovators in the U.K. and the developing world, but they commission the leading British environmental film makers, like TV Trust for the Environment and Rockhopper TV to make them.

A great source of climate success stories is The Ashden Charitable Trust's winners of the Ashden Awards. Ashden not only presents one of the world's most prestigious awards to energy innovators in the U.K. and the developing world, but they commission the leading British environmental film makers, like TV Trust for the Environment and Rockhopper TV to make them.


Climate Change Creates Cruising Weather in the Northwest Passage


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



When a Tree Burns in the Forest


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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