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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.

Students Strike - Earth Day Special Report

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Over a million students around the world skipped school on March 15 to protest government inaction on climate change, with thousands of rallies in 125 countries, making it the largest youth climate action in history. See www.schoolstrike4climate.com

Greta Thunberg, the originator of the school strike for climate, is featured in the video when she attended the Extinction Rebellion events in London. See http://rebelion.earth

Young climate activist Nick Matteri was interviewed at the Youth Climate Strike in Santa Rosa, California, where hundreds of North Bay students gathered to demand action on climate change. This strike footage was produced and directed by http://www.greenchange.net/

Climate Warriors: BEST OF THIS PLANET

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Imagine that you've decided to build your dream house. You hire me to be your contractor. Fast forward 6 months later and I have done zero work. In fact, I've barely started drawing up plans for you to approve. What would you do? Would you take me to court? More: http://ourchildrenstrust.org

The "Ideal Plant"

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Plants inhale carbon dioxide from the air. Scientists at Salk Institute are developing plants that capture even more CO2. Planted on a large scale, they could help slow climate change. A recent study shows that the top two meters of the Earth's soil stores over three times as much carbon as the air, and could absorb even more.

Killer Hornets

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The giant Asian hornet preys on insects, but has been known to kill humans. That's why aggressive tactics like these are used when their nests are found. The hornets have spread from China to Europe, where they are decimating bee and wasp populations. A French company has deployed an army of hornet-killing drones filled with insecticide.

French Petition on Climate

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First, 300,000 French people signed a petition and tens of thousands took to the streets. They protested a gas tax meant to fight climate change. Now over 1.6 million French people have signed a petition demanding their government do more to protect them from climate change.

Graphene : BEST OF THIS PLANET

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HERE'S A RIDDLE: WHAT DO A BILLIONAIRE, A BUNNY, AND A PENCIL HAVE IN COMMON? THE ANSWER -- IS BATTERIES. FIRST, THE BUNNY. HE RUNS ON BATTERIES BUT REALLY, HE'S HERE TO KEEP YOU WATCHING A STORY ABOUT BATTERIES. THE BILLIONAIRE IS ELON MUSK, FOUNDER OF TESLA MOTORS AND SOLAR CITY.

Dark Snow : BEST OF THIS PLANET

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Greenland has been covered by massive glaciers since time immemorial. The ancient sagas say that the Viking Erik the Red gave Greenland its name on purpose. He aimed to attract unwary settlers who would be put off if he had called it something more accurate - like "Whiteland."

Attenborough's Climate Warning

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Sir David Attenborough, the famous host of nature shows on the BBC, spoke at the U.N. climate summit in Poland. "We are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years...Climate Change. "Leaders of the world, you must lead," he said.

Humans vs Nature

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Evolution is happening faster forced by human-created changes. Since hunters kill elephants with large tusks elephants with small tusks are more common. The beaks of finches are changing shape because they are eating from bird feeders. Swallows with short wings maneuver better around buildings and traffic.

This Planet Videos November 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Videos Dec. 2017 - Feb. 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.
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

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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