CNBC’s documentary, "Trash Inc: The Secret Life of
Garbage," premiers on Wednesday, September 29th at 9pm ET/PT.
Reported by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, "Trash Inc: The Secret Life of
Garbage," takes an inside look at what happens to our garbage after we
throw it out – where it goes, who touches it, and who makes money. Beyond
the bags piled at the curb, viewers will see the intricate logistical ballet
performed every day by armies of sanitation workers, engineers, and even
entrepreneurs, to get rid of – and sometimes get rich from – our trash.
Viewers will also get a stunning and surprising look, once we throw something
away, at where “away” can be – just part of the exploding worldwide
environmental challenge posed by garbage.
Worth a Watch!!!
Tapped is a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
By 2030 the United Nations estimates two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water. Tapped will illustrate the impact of the global water crisis on America and what we can do as individuals to enact change sooner rather than later.
The makers of The End of the Line were kind enough to send me a couple copies of this new film. It is very well done and I highly recommend taking the time to see it. You can check out the trailer below.
This extraordinary documentary is a wake-up call to the world about the global issues surrounding overfishing. If we continue to fish the way we do there may be no fish left in the ocean by 2048. Narrated by Ted Danson (an active member of Oceana) and endorsed by National Geographic and Greenpeace, the documentary educates us about this growing issue and what we can do in our everyday lives to combat the problem (support restaurants that only serve sustainable seafood, etc.).
As a special treat to our readers, I have a brand new copy to send to the reader with best comment on this post. Simply post your reply using the link below.
Trek across Pacific will be atop 10,000 empties and dome with shower Link to Article
SAN FRANCISCO - You've heard of a ship in a bottle. How about a ship made of plastic bottles? That would be the Plastiki, designed to sail the Pacific on an 11,000-mile voyage highlighting the dangers of living in a throwaway world.
"Waste is fundamentally a design flaw. We wanted to design a vessel that would epitomize waste being used as a resource," said expedition leader David de Rothschild.
The boat is named in honor of the 1947 Kon-Tiki raft sailed across the Pacific by explorer Thor Heyerdahl, an ocean adventure that inspired de Rothschild.
There's a bit more of a tie-in. One of the Plastiki team members is Josian Heyerdahl, the explorer's granddaughter.
Since 1999, Gary Braasch has traveled the world to see where and how climate change has affected people.
Braasch says photos best illustrate what is already happening, but can lead the discussion on where we are going. He quotes a Chinese proverb: If we don't change direction, we'll end up where we're going."
For a long time -- the first 15 years that we knew about global
warming and did nothing -- there were no pictures. That was one of the
reasons for inaction.
Climate change was still "theoretical,"
the word that people in power use to dismiss anything for which
pictures do not exist. It is the reason we don't see shots of coffins
coming back from Iraq; it's the reason the only prison abuse we really
know about was at Abu Ghraib. Without pictures, no uproar; not in a
But now the pictures have started to come, and they will not cease.
Miami, FL (May 12, 2008)—Driven by serious climate issues, dwindling resources, and stiff geopolitical pressure and rapidly escalating prices, green options for fuel and energy have skyrocketed to the forefront of global concern and necessity. But what are the options and when will they be available? In a special 4-part series running Tuesday, May 13 through Friday, May 16, PBS’ Nightly Business Report examines some alternative energy options and the challenges in the race to bring them into the marketplace.
“Renewable, greener energy isn’t just an issue for the scientists and environmentalists, it’s an issue for the business world as well—and a major one at that.” explained Rodney Ward, Executive Editor/Senior Vice President, Nightly Business Report. “This series examines many of the current alternative programs, resources, and companies that will be shaping how we meet our energy needs in the future.”
Tuesday, May 13th: Demand for grain is more intense than ever now that ethanol manufacturers are using the same agricultural resources as food producers. To meet the need for both biofuel and food, the Monsanto Company is growing corn that uses little water, and seed that can grow more corn from a single plant. The research is not without controversy, though, since bioengineered crops remain banned in most countries around the world.
Wednesday, May 14th: In Florida, scientists are using pulverized sugar cane to create ethanol. Known as cellulosic ethanol, sugar cane is not its only source material, and with modifications, it could be created from any green plant. The trick is lowering production costs to make it viable. Answers should come next year when Florida Crystals’ sugar mill begins small-scale production.
Thursday, May 15th: Biotech company Zymetis has created a bacterium that can turn materials like scrap paper, pulp and woodchips into ethanol, which can eventually fuel your car. The first challenge is obtaining enough raw material to process into ethanol on a large scale. Another issue is transporting the ethanol from the factory to the pump, which could potentially negate many of ethanol’s environmental gains.
Friday, May 16th: Methane hydrate—a frozen gas—is a fossil fuel that exists in abundance in many areas throughout the world. The problem is that extracting methane hydrate is costly, and could potentially trigger environmental catastrophe. NBR speaks to a Japanese research team that is leading the effort to extract and harness this potentially viable resource.
For readers in the Bay Area, this coming weekend, Feb 1-3, is the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. For those outside the Bay Area, check out the trailers below. Looks like some really great stuff!! Here is a sampling of a few of the films to be screened this weekend. For a complete schedule, see this link.
Surfing Thru (USA) Chloe Webb, 25 mins »watch trailer Three women with late-stage cancer live and surf in the immediacy of the moment. Their attitude, courage, and sharp, dark humor combine with the restorative surge of the ocean beneath them to help them face that one last wave.
Restoring Balance: Removing the Black Rat from Anacapa Island (USA) Kevin White, 28 mins »watch trailer Rats were eating just-laid eggs of endangered birds on Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park off Southern California. After years of planning and court battles, the rats were poisoned. Populations of native species—from lizards to mice to birds—encouragingly recovered. Since we’ve helped hitchhiking rats occupy 80 percent of the world’s islands, who or what will stop their devastation of native plants and animals if we don’t?
Around Tasmania: Sea Kayaking Australia (USA) Jon Bowermaster, 26 mins »watch trailer Off remote Tasmania’s wind-lashed, wave-carved coast, explorer Jon Bowermaster and team tackle kayak the biggest seas of their lives. When not braving 40-mph winds and sliding down 20-foot waves, they venture inland to visit with aboriginals and a few million muttonbirds amid magnificent scenery.
(UK) Janette Scott, 21 mins »watch trailer
If you’re thinking crab, you’re in for a surprise, and a different kind
of delectable treat. This Dungeness is a small coastal community
perched on the southeastern tip of England with a way of life that is
teetering on the edge of survival. Its flat, almost rainless terrain is
as unique as its fishing families, artists, and purveyors of smoked
fish. And then there’s the wind. Ordinary Won’t Change the World
(UK) Chris Lotz and Lewis Gordon Pugh, 8 mins »watch trailer
West Coast Premiere
Lewis Pugh needs no steamy jungle for his heart of darkness—just a
couple of swim caps, goggles, and some lovely open water at the North
Pole, where the real polar bears log their miles. — SH
Global Focus: Iceland – Orri Vigfüsson (USA) Will Parrinello, 5 mins For years, the numbers of spawning salmon returning to the streams and rivers of Europe’s North Atlantic were steadily dropping. In the early 1990s, Orri Vigfüsson, Icelandic businessman and angler, decided to do something unheard of—negotiate directly with the driftnet fishermen to see if they would shift to another occupation or seek other fish. His success has been remarkable. However, some driftnet fishers were not happy, believing that sport anglers and factory fishing bore equal responsibility. Time will tell.
Saving Luna (Canada) Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfitt, 93 mins »watch trailer The subtleties of relationships between humans and wild animals are explored in this moving feature documentary, which follows the life of Luna, an orphaned baby orca. Luna appears surprisingly far into Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, where he befriends and charms the local residents. Seen by some as a treasure and others as a nuisance, Luna’s presence stirs deep conflict within the local community.
What does In the Shadow of the Moon have to do with the environment. A lot, actually. One of the most powerful moments in the film is when former astronaut Charles M. Duke, Jr. talks about seeing “the whole circle of the Earth”
at once. “That jewel of Earth was just hung, up in
the blackness of space,” he says, holding his hands out, cupped, as if
to cradle the sphere. Definitely worth watching!
They are old men now. That much is obvious from the tight camera shots. Nonetheless, it is hard to fathom: has it been 38 years since the first of them set foot on lunar soil?
“In the Shadow of the Moon,” a documentary that premieres this week in New York and Los Angeles, tells the story of the Apollo program and the race to reach the moon, as President John F. Kennedy declared in 1962, “before this decade is out.” And so, on July 20, 1969, we did.
Note the “we.” It is from one of the most powerful, lump-in-the-throat moments of this exceptional film. Michael Collins, who orbited the moon during the Apollo 11 mission while Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. took their lunar module down to the surface, said that after the flight, on the around-the-world tour that NASA sent them on, “Wherever we went, people, instead of saying, ‘Well, you Americans did it!’ — everywhere, they said, ‘We did it! We, humankind, we, the human race, we, people, did it!’ ”
His voice breaks slightly in the telling, and he says: “I thought that was a wonderful thing. Ephemeral, but wonderful.”
I have not yet seen The 11th Hour but I am anxious to do so. Here is a link to the official site where you can view the trailer. I have heard some good reports from a few friends. I would love to hear from any readers who have seen the movie.