Earth Report

Earth Report

2000 - 2009, Chat, News
Environmental matters.

Episode Guide

  • Earth Report - Redd Alert (Episode 154)
    Episode 154:

    Redd Alert

    A new scheme dubbed REDD aims to put a value on billions of tonnes of carbon currently stored in tropical forests.

  • Earth Report - Burning Bush (Episode 153)
    Episode 153:

    Burning Bush

    Destroying our forests account for one fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions - more than all the world's transport systems.

  • Earth Report - Heads Above Water (Episode 152)
    Episode 152:

    Heads Above Water

    A one meter increase in sea level will destroy much food production in the Mekong Delta, the nation's breadbasket, and force millions to flee.

  • Earth Report - Down to Earth (Episode 151)
    Episode 151:

    Down to Earth

    In West Africa, poor farmers have been turning the desert back to productive farmland.

  • Earth Report - Perfectly Cool (Episode 150)
    Episode 150:

    Perfectly Cool

    Earth Report travels to China, the center of the global air conditioning industry to investigate the cost of cool.

  • Earth Report - Lease of Life (Episode 148)
    Episode 148:

    Lease of Life

    A controversial new government scheme to reforest barren hillsides of the Himalayas.

  • Earth Report - Delta Force (Episode 147)
    Episode 147:

    Delta Force

    Flooding and sea level rise in the Zambezi, Mozambique's lifeline.

  • Earth Report - Go With the Flow (Episode 146)
    Episode 146:

    Go With the Flow

    The Netherlands plans to sacrifice areas of land to the rivers and the sea to save the rest of the country from floods.

  • Earth Report - Rising Tides (Episode 145)
    Episode 145:

    Rising Tides

    A unique UNESCO experiment, a special conservation area, is designed to resolve defences against sea-level rise.

  • Earth Report - Stolen Fish Part 2 (Episode 144)
    Episode 144:

    Stolen Fish Part 2

    Ruthless gangs of illegal fisherman are one of the major threats to global fish stocks; a fleet of Chinese and Korean vessels illegally plunder the seas off the coast of West Africa.

  • Earth Report - Stolen Fish Part 1 (Episode 143)
    Episode 143:

    Stolen Fish Part 1

    Ruthless gangs of illegal fisherman are one of the major threats to global fish stocks; a fleet of Chinese and Korean vessels illegally plunder the seas off the coast of West Africa.

  • Earth Report - Blue Sky Dreaming (Episode 142)
    Episode 142:

    Blue Sky Dreaming

    New Zealand, host for World Environment Day, plans to be the first to create a carbon neutral economy.

  • Earth Report - The Plight of the Humble Bee (Episode 141)
    Episode 141:

    The Plight of the Humble Bee

    The bee populations being decimated by disease may cripple industrial agriculture.

  • Earth Report - Is Green The New Black? (Episode 140)
    Episode 140:

    Is Green The New Black?

    Whether green fashion will expand in scale and drop in price or not.

  • Earth Report - Clean Living (Episode 139)
    Episode 139:

    Clean Living

    Ethiopian Government plans to give everyone a toilet.

  • Earth Report - Clean Living (Episode 138)
    Episode 138:

    Clean Living

    A new bottom up approach has eradicated open defecation in more than 300 villages.

  • Earth Report - Grounds for Hope (Episode 137)
    Episode 137:

    Grounds for Hope

    The demand for certified and organically grown coffee has boomed.

  • Earth Report - The Shadow of Kilimanjaro (Episode 136)
    Episode 136:

    The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

    The glaciers of Kilimanjaro which helped feed the river for years are now melting.

  • Earth Report - Climate Fever (Episode 135)
    Episode 135:

    Climate Fever

    According the IPCC, climate change contributes to ill health and premature death.

  • Earth Report - Forgotten Fruit (Episode 134)
    Episode 134:

    Forgotten Fruit

    We could be too reliant on a handful of high-yielding crops.

  • Earth Report - The Ivory Poaching Wars (Episode 133)
    Episode 133:

    The Ivory Poaching Wars

    New evidence is emerging that poaching is on the rise again.

  • Earth Report - Green Fish (Episode 132)
    Episode 132:

    Green Fish

    Retailers are demanding that suppliers provide fish from sustainable sources.

  • Earth Report - Waste Not Waste (Episode 131)
    Episode 131:

    Waste Not Waste

    Scientists are urgently seeking less wasteful sanitation techniques.

  • Earth Report - Gas Gas Gas (Episode 130)
    Episode 130:

    Gas Gas Gas

    Millions of families cook and keep warm with biogas made from human and animal waste.

  • Earth Report - Blast (Episode 125)
    Episode 125:


    Fisherman kill their catch with explosives in the Philippines.

  • Earth Report - Billion Dollar Bonfire (Episode 124)
    Episode 124:

    Billion Dollar Bonfire

    Twenty billion dollars worth of gas is burnt off every year before it leaves the gas fields.

  • Earth Report - Payback Time (Episode 123)
    Episode 123:

    Payback Time

    Homeowners who install energy-saving equipment such as solar panels must wait years for a payback on their investment.

  • Earth Report - Sink or Swim (Episode 122)
    Episode 122:

    Sink or Swim

    The frequency and magnitude of natural disasters is increasing. Vietnam and Honduras have improved their communities to prepare for these disasters.

  • Earth Report - All of a Quiver (Episode 121)
    Episode 121:

    All of a Quiver

    How the natural world is adapting to climate change.

  • Earth Report - Adopt Adapt and Survive (Episode 120)
    Episode 120:

    Adopt Adapt and Survive

    Adopting new drought-tolerant crops and returning to traditional multi-crop farming methods promise the best chance of withstanding the changing climate in East Africa.

  • Earth Report - Chemical Conundrum (Episode 119)
    Episode 119:

    Chemical Conundrum

  • Earth Report - Drawing the Line (Episode 118)
    Episode 118:

    Drawing the Line

  • Earth Report - Potted Shrimps (Episode 117)
    Episode 117:

    Potted Shrimps

    For every kilos of shrimp netted, 20 kilos of other marine life are needlessly killed.

  • Earth Report - Race To Save the Albatross (Episode 116)
    Episode 116:

    Race To Save the Albatross

  • Earth Report - Soaking It Up? (Episode 115)
    Episode 115:

    Soaking It Up?

    The simple solutions to greenhouse gases.

  • Earth Report - Hands On: Energy Wise (Episode 114)
    Episode 114:

    Hands On: Energy Wise

    Energy Wise provides solutions to energy crisis including solar lighting and domestic wind turbine.

  • Earth Report - Hands On: Energetic (Episode 113)
    Episode 113:

    Hands On: Energetic

    Wind pumps in Mali; alternate wood fuel in Ghana; solar drying techniques in Brazil; rural electrification in China.

  • Earth Report - Changing Currents: Tell Tale Signs (Episode 112)
    Episode 112:

    Changing Currents: Tell Tale Signs

    Erratic global weather patterns, caused by climate change, have severely added to the number of people experiencing water shortages.

  • Earth Report - Death on the Nile (Episode 111)
    Episode 111:

    Death on the Nile

    Egypt's water is polluted by the illegal dumping of night soil.

  • Earth Report - The High Tech Harvest (Episode 110)
    Episode 110:

    The High Tech Harvest

    Genetically-modified crops are a health concern in the West, do the benefits outweigh the risk?

  • Earth Report - Wealth and Wilderness (Episode 109)
    Episode 109:

    Wealth and Wilderness

  • Earth Report - Sky Pirates (Episode 108)
    Episode 108:

    Sky Pirates

  • Earth Report - The Equator Show (Episode 107)
    Episode 107:

    The Equator Show

  • Earth Report - City Slickers (Episode 106)
    Episode 106:

    City Slickers

    Around the world, citizens groups and neighborhood committees find ways to work with cash strapped councils.

  • Earth Report - Waibulabula (Episode 105)
    Episode 105:


    Heavily contaminated water affects the coral reef and tourism around Fiji.

  • Earth Report - Wetting the Appetite (Episode 104)
    Episode 104:

    Wetting the Appetite

    Beijing's crash program to restore China's wetlands may mean the ejection of over a million farmers from their paddy.

  • Earth Report - Sila Alangotuk: Voices From the Tundra (Episode 103)
    Episode 103:

    Sila Alangotuk: Voices From the Tundra

    Canada's Inuit speak out about how their Tundra culture is melting away due to global warming.

  • Earth Report - Peace, Naturally (Episode 102)
    Episode 102:

    Peace, Naturally

    Local communities come together to protect an ecosystem threatened by foreign fishing fleets.

  • Earth Report - Think Global, Act Natural (Episode 101)
    Episode 101:

    Think Global, Act Natural

    Five stories of eco-tourism.

  • Earth Report - Dyke Hard (Episode 100)
    Episode 100:

    Dyke Hard

    Controversy over the sea dyke under construction in South Korea.

  • Earth Report - Tiger, Taiga (Episode 99)
    Episode 99:

    Tiger, Taiga

    The depleting of the Taiga region in Russia of natural resources because of illegal logging and poaching.

  • Earth Report - Three Planet Syndrome (Episode 98)
    Episode 98:

    Three Planet Syndrome

    New sustainable housing construction in England and South Africa.

  • Earth Report - Brave New World (Episode 97)
    Episode 97:

    Brave New World

  • Earth Report - Bulgaria Roadshow (Episode 96)
    Episode 96:

    Bulgaria Roadshow

  • Earth Report - Great Expectations (Episode 94)
    Episode 94:

    Great Expectations

    A report on ecotourism features a sample tour.

  • Earth Report - Healing the Rift (Episode 93)
    Episode 93:

    Healing the Rift

    A project involving Kenya's Lake Baringo deals with land and water issues.

  • Earth Report - Africa: Breaking the Future (Episode 92)
    Episode 92:

    Africa: Breaking the Future

    African reporters give their views on what the future holds for the environment.

  • Earth Report - Africa: Breaking the Circle (Episode 91)
    Episode 91:

    Africa: Breaking the Circle

    Commentators give their views on what the future holds for Africa's environment.

  • Earth Report - Paradise Regained? (Episode 90)
    Episode 90:

    Paradise Regained?

    A project aims to regenerate the biodiversity of the Philippine island of Leyte.

  • Earth Report - Not a Dirty Word (Episode 89)
    Episode 89:

    Not a Dirty Word

    The World Water Forum targets areas that lack sanitation and clean water.

  • Earth Report - Land of the Rising Water (Episode 88)
    Episode 88:

    Land of the Rising Water

    Japanese civil engineering solves the flooding problem in Yokohama.

  • Earth Report - No Hiding Place (Episode 87)
    Episode 87:

    No Hiding Place

    Demands of the bush-meat trade threaten the survival of apes in Africa.

  • Earth Report - Prickly Profit (Episode 86)
    Episode 86:

    Prickly Profit

    Cactus plants grow well in arid areas and produce a variety of fruits for export.

  • Earth Report - Rape of the Taiga (Episode 85)
    Episode 85:

    Rape of the Taiga

    Criminal logging interests threaten the Taiga of Russia's Far East.

  • Earth Report - Hi-Tech Harvest (Episode 84)
    Episode 84:

    Hi-Tech Harvest

    Biotechnology is a way to produce enough food for the world's population.

  • Earth Report - Baked Alaska (Episode 83)
    Episode 83:

    Baked Alaska

    Temperatures in Alaska are quickly rising causing plans for oil development.

  • Earth Report - The Long Road to Recovery (Episode 82)
    Episode 82:

    The Long Road to Recovery

    People near Chernobyl live with low-level radiation from the 1986 disaster at the nuclear-power plant.

  • Earth Report - Green Gongs (Episode 81)
    Episode 81:

    Green Gongs

    The Premier Green Film Festival.

  • Earth Report - Rich Pickings (Episode 80)
    Episode 80:

    Rich Pickings

    Global trade in endangered species is second only to dealing in drugs.

  • Earth Report - Paper Tiger (Episode 79)
    Episode 79:

    Paper Tiger

    Many plant and animal species inhabit Tasmania's rain forest.

  • Earth Report - A Fish Too Far (Episode 78)
    Episode 78:

    A Fish Too Far

    Spain, which now holds the EU presidency, may press for expansion of fishing rights.

  • Earth Report - The Good Society (Episode 77)
    Episode 77:

    The Good Society

  • Earth Report - Safe Havens (Episode 76)
    Episode 76:

    Safe Havens

    Hunters clash with the European Union over the issue of protected species.

  • Earth Report - Water Ways (Episode 75)
    Episode 75:

    Water Ways

  • Earth Report - USA: Change in the Air (Episode 74)
    Episode 74:

    USA: Change in the Air

  • Earth Report - Poisonous Snakes and Ladders (Episode 73)
    Episode 73:

    Poisonous Snakes and Ladders

    Toxic waste is illegally dumped in developing nations by unscrupulous opportunists.

  • Earth Report - To Cap It All (Episode 72)
    Episode 72:

    To Cap It All

  • Earth Report - Race to Save the Sky (Episode 71)
    Episode 71:

    Race to Save the Sky

    Repairing the ozone layer.

  • Earth Report - It's a Gas (Episode 70)
    Episode 70:

    It's a Gas

    Bringing light to some of the most remote places in the world.

  • Earth Report - Lifting the Lid (Episode 69)
    Episode 69:

    Lifting the Lid

  • Earth Report - Sink or Surf (Episode 68)
    Episode 68:

    Sink or Surf

    The role of information technology in global water management.

  • Earth Report - Europe on Air (Episode 67)
    Episode 67:

    Europe on Air

    As European air quality decreases, innovative strategies hope to guarantee a pollution-free future.

  • Earth Report - Half the Man Your Father Was (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:

    Half the Man Your Father Was

    A grandmother tries to understand the decline in wildlife species in the Great Lakes' ecosystem.

  • Earth Report - Hope and the Nile (Episode 65)
    Episode 65:

    Hope and the Nile

    Uncovering social and environmental problems of the Nile.

  • Earth Report - Water: Everybody Lives Downstream (Episode 64)
    Episode 64:

    Water: Everybody Lives Downstream

  • Earth Report - The Long Walk (Episode 63)
    Episode 63:

    The Long Walk

    Communities in Africa develop roads and inexpensive transportation.

  • Earth Report - The Nature of Business (Episode 62)
    Episode 62:

    The Nature of Business

    Global business can take care of both the environment and profits.

  • Earth Report - Radioactive and Reeling (Episode 61)
    Episode 61:

    Radioactive and Reeling

    Belarus gets 70 percent of the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl.

  • Earth Report - Up The Ladder (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:

    Up The Ladder

    International law combats toxic waste.

  • Earth Report - The Politics of Whaling (Episode 59)
    Episode 59:

    The Politics of Whaling

    Japan is caught subverting poor nations to support its pro-whaling position in the international arena.

  • Earth Report - Rescue (Episode 58)
    Episode 58:


    After an oil spill off the coast of South Africa, many penguins had to be scrubbed by hand to save them.

  • Earth Report - Hands On: On the Move (Episode 57)
    Episode 57:

    Hands On: On the Move

    In Nepal, diesel taxis are being replaced by an electric fleet.

  • Earth Report - Pocket Wilderness (Episode 56)
    Episode 56:

    Pocket Wilderness

    The UK's Royal Forest of Dean.

  • Earth Report - Streetwise: Changing Places (Episode 55)
    Episode 55:

    Streetwise: Changing Places

    People, who have lost their homes, are challenging government policies with practical solutions.

  • Earth Report - Streetwise: Banking on Us (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    Streetwise: Banking on Us

    Scavengers in the Philippines are lobbying the government for land.

  • Earth Report - Streetwise - Facing the Challenge (Episode 53)
    Episode 53:

    Streetwise - Facing the Challenge

    Individuals in Bangkok and India are tackling the daily threat of eviction.

  • Earth Report - Streetwise - A View from the People (Episode 52)
    Episode 52:

    Streetwise - A View from the People

    City dwellers reveal their struggles through video diaries of their lives.

  • Earth Report - Land Rites (Episode 51)
    Episode 51:

    Land Rites

    Land titles may create security for the urban poor.

  • Earth Report - The Future (Episode 50)
    Episode 50:

    The Future

    The future of the world is uncertain if climate models are accurate.

  • Earth Report - The Impact (Episode 49)
    Episode 49:

    The Impact

    The impact of climate change around the world.

  • Earth Report - The Politics (Episode 48)
    Episode 48:

    The Politics

    The big businesses, non-governmental organisations and politicians speak about what they have and have not done to address climate change.

  • Earth Report - The Science (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    The Science

    The science of global warming.

  • Earth Report - Toxic Trail (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    Toxic Trail

  • Earth Report - A Ransom for the Forest (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    A Ransom for the Forest

    The fate of the remaining Amazonian rainforest may be decided by companies unused quota of carbon emissions.

  • Earth Report - Fate of the Damned (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    Fate of the Damned

    The impact of the hydro-electric dam built on Brazil's Tocantins River.

  • Earth Report - Aliens From Planet Earth (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    Aliens From Planet Earth

    The introduction of nonnative plant/animal species to new areas becomes one of the greatest threats to biodiversity.

  • Earth Report - Hands On: Back in Business (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    Hands On: Back in Business

    In order to make a profit, entrepreneurs must learn the tricks of the trade.

  • Earth Report - Steppe Ahead (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    Steppe Ahead

    John Liu assesses the chances for safeguarding the grassland ecosystem.

  • Earth Report - Reservoir Raiders (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    Reservoir Raiders

    An Israeli army detachment destroys a Palestinian farmer's rainwater collection tank.

  • Earth Report - Sick to Death (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    Sick to Death

    Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine are favorite targets of the Western environmental movement.

  • Earth Report - Guns and Damsels (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    Guns and Damsels

    Secret pockets of perfectly preserved natural areas in the UK are found in bombing ranges and weapon research sites.

  • Earth Report - Smile, Please (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Smile, Please

    The winners of a worldwide photo competition about the environment travel to New York to pick up their rewards.

  • Earth Report - Knocking on Europe's Door (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Knocking on Europe's Door

    The environments of Poland, Latvia and Hungary are measured against the standards imposed by the European Union.

  • Earth Report - Deleting the Dirty Dozen (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    Deleting the Dirty Dozen

    Governments are meeting to form a treaty banning DDT and other persistant organic pollutants.

  • Earth Report - To Dam or Not to Dam (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    To Dam or Not to Dam

    The findings of the World Commission on Dams.

  • Earth Report - Bandits and Backhanders (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    Bandits and Backhanders

    Corruption within governments.

  • Earth Report - Hands On: Food Works (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    Hands On: Food Works

    Stories from Tanzania, Madagascar and Vietnam reveal how people are managing to improve their nutrition and even sell surplus produce.

  • Earth Report - Sacred Earth (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    Sacred Earth

    Many major faiths of the world meet to make a pact to safeguard the earth.

  • Earth Report - Pandas in Love (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:

    Pandas in Love

    Attempts are being made to keep the Great Panda species alive.

  • Earth Report - Hands On: City Scope (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Hands On: City Scope

    Tips on eco-enterprise for green consumers and entrepreneurs.

  • Earth Report - Turtle Power (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:

    Turtle Power

    In Oman, authorities are taking steps to safeguard turtles when they migrate into the Sultanate's waters.

  • Earth Report - Drinking the Sky (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    Drinking the Sky

    Joost de Haas, a Dutch filmmaker, travels to the wettest and driest places on earth, both of which are populated.

  • Earth Report - Growing Up 2000 (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Growing Up 2000

    Earth Report revisits the lives of a mother and her son in East Africa.

  • Earth Report - The Path of the Jaguar (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    The Path of the Jaguar

    On a journey from Guatemala to Panama, the views of people affected by the protection of this thin strip of land are exposed.

  • Earth Report - Sulu-Sulawesi (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:


    The environment of the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea stands up to the pressure from the community.

  • Earth Report - River of Memory (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    River of Memory

    Chief Kapika fights the Namibian government, which wants to build a hydropower dam at Epupa Falls.

  • Earth Report - Waste Watchers (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Waste Watchers

    Alternative methods of getting rid of waste.

  • Earth Report - Take the Money and Run (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    Take the Money and Run

    A trip to Cambodia reveals its ecological problems.

  • Earth Report - If Trees Could Talk (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    If Trees Could Talk

    Efforts are being made to conserve the remainder of the Atlantic Rainforest of South America.

  • Earth Report - Mount Kenya (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Mount Kenya

    The growing human/wildlife conflict on Mt. Kenya has the potential for long-term harm to both man and beast.

  • Earth Report - Out of the Forest (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Out of the Forest

    Environmentally sound forest products.

  • Earth Report - Hidden Gems (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    Hidden Gems

    Oman protects its valuable coral reefs from human destruction.

  • Earth Report - Hunger for Land (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    Hunger for Land

    Charles Stewart returns to Ethiopia to investigate the ongoing famine.

  • Earth Report - The Sea (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    The Sea

    The countries surrounding the corner of the Pacific Ocean struggle toward an environmental agreement.

  • Earth Report - Gone Fishing (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Gone Fishing

    People try to combat the global decline in fish stocks.

  • Earth Report - Unnatural Disasters (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    Unnatural Disasters

    Bad decisions amplify human suffering and the costs of certain activities.

  • Earth Report - Nature Be Dammed (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Nature Be Dammed

    Environmental matters around the globe.

  • Earth Report - Change in the Air? (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Change in the Air?

    The United States produces nearly a quarter of the world's greenhouse gases.

  • Earth Report - From the Farm (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    From the Farm

    Organic farming.

  • Earth Report - White Gold: The Pirate Menace (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    White Gold: The Pirate Menace

    Pirates hunt the Patagonian toothfish to extinction.

  • Earth Report - Battle of Seattle (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Battle of Seattle

    Opponents of globalization claim the World Trade Organization is putting profits first.

  • Earth Report - Sting in the Tale (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Sting in the Tale

    Bees help battle pollution in Belgium; dogs detect mercury in Switzerland; sari cloth is used as a cheap filter to prevent the spread of cholera in Bangladesh.

  • Earth Report - Water Pressure (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Water Pressure

    The European Commission is giving all member states a decade to meet new water quality standards.

  • Earth Report - Emission Impossible (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Emission Impossible

    The United States and Australia are the biggest contributors to the greenhouse effect.

  • Earth Report - Children of Rio (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Children of Rio

    Ten children born in 1992, the year of the Rio Summit, make their way in the world.

  • Earth Report - White Gold: War Against the Pirates (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    White Gold: War Against the Pirates

    A group in Australia logs and tracks pirate boats to close down illegal operations in Norway.

  • Earth Report - Mongolia: A Steppe Ahead (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Mongolia: A Steppe Ahead

    The gold and oil reserves beneath the Eastern Mongolia steppeland is attracting the attention of foreign companies.

  • Earth Report - Central Africa: Short on Land (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Central Africa: Short on Land

    The pygmies of Central Africa have an uncertain future as the Western way of life invades.