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Gasland: Can You Light Your Water on Fire (2010)

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In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his home in the Delaware River Basin was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation containing natural gas that stretches across New York, Pennsylvania and huge stretches of the Northeast.

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Gasland: Can You Light Your Water on Fire

Becoming Green Energy Experts

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This Michigan State University/Lansing Boys and Girls Club partnership demonstrates the powerful result of giving youth the science background and tools they need to carry out investigations of their own design, and to communicate their knowledge in their own voice.

Three Mile Island Cooling Towers

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In this Building Block video from Frontline: Nuclear Reaction, the four cooling towers at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant dot the horizon at sunrise. Smoke billows from the two towers on the left. The Susquehanna River lies in the foreground.

Adopting Sustainable Food Practices

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This video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College looks at how the traditional subsistence practices of indigenous people were once sustainable, unlike today's lifestyles. Most foods are now produced and transported using methods that can damage the environment and contribute to climate change.

Contaminating the Rockies

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Learn how abandoned mines have been contaminating water supplies in the Rocky Mountains in this video from NOVA: Poison in the Rockies. Beginning in the 1850s, prospectors dug deep mines in the Colorado Rockies in search of precious metals. Today, more than 15,000 abandoned metal mines have filled with acidic water that carries away heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and zinc into mountain streams. In small quantities, some metals are essential to life, but in larger quantities they are toxic. Some newer mines include safeguards to make them more environmentally sound.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Eradicating Malaria with DDT

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Discover the story of Dr. Fred Soper and his efforts to eliminate malaria in this video segment adapted from Rx for SurvivalDr. Soper targeted the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, the species known to spread malaria. He devised a strategy that included destroying breeding sites and controlled spraying of a pesticide known as DDT. The video explains why Soper's global campaign ultimately stalled, before it reached the African continent, and why DDT was almost uniformly banned from use. The video concludes with some experts suggesting that it may be time to reconsider using DDT to save African lives.

Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water | Engineering Is

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How can engineering improve the lives of millions of people? The people of Bangladesh were getting really sick because of the bacteria that they were getting from their water, which was untreated and dangerous. Amy Pickering decided that there must be a simple solution to that problem. She designed a contraption that attaches to the water pump that the Bangladeshi people were getting their water from. It killed the bacteria by distributing a small amount of bleach into the water supply. This is an effective solution because it is cheap and takes advantage of how the people are already getting their water. With some research and a simple device, Pickering saved millions of people from diseases that come from drinking and using dirty water. 

How Lead Went from Household Staple to Dangerous Toxin | PBS NewsHour

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Learn why lead exposure is still a concern throughout the country with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from October 12, 2016.

Poisoned Water | Protecting Pipes from the Effects of Corrosion

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Learn about the chemistry involved in water pipes and why a failure to protect against corrosion in the water system of Flint, Michigan, tainted city water with lead and a dangerous strain of bacteria, in this media gallery from NOVA: Poisoned Water. Mineral “scale” that builds up inside water pipes serves a protective function: it prevents metal in the pipes from dissolving in water. For the scale to do its job, it must be protected from a corrosive chemical environment. However, when an anti-corrosive chemical has not been used, corrosive water flowing through a metal pipe can cause the scale to deteriorate. This can prompt reactions that leach lead from the pipe into the water and also allow disease-carrying germs to spread. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.

Factory Farms and Organic Alternatives

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Modern farming has helped feed the world, but along the way, the land has suffered, according to this video adapted from the series Race to Save the Planet. When farmers grow too much too fast, topsoil is depleted. Farmers can work around this problem with fertilizers, irrigation, and pesticides, but these create new problems. Pesticides can harm wildlife, linger on fruits and vegetables, or wash into water supplies. Farmers are now finding new approaches to raising food, like diversifying crops, applying organic fertilizers, and finding alternatives to pesticides.

Big River: A King Corn Companion | Atrazine Affects the Water Supply

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Learn how waterways are polluted by agricultural pesticides such as atrazine--a herbicide commonly used on corn farms--in this video segment featuring live-action animation, adapted from the independent film Big River: A King Corn Companion. In addition, hear about health concerns related to atrazine exposure from contaminated drinking water.

Environmental Justice in Dallas

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Follow a Dallas community's fight to receive federal Superfund status to clean up the damage from a high-polluting lead smelter in this video segment adapted from Earthkeeping: "Toxic Racism." Hear from a reporter from the National Law Journal who explains some of the health effects of lead exposure and how after a cursory cleanup of a lead smelter site in West Dallas, the community was ignored, despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control about elevated blood lead levels. Meet Luis Sepulveda, a community member who organized the West Dallas Coalition for Environmental Justice, which eventually succeeded in having the site win Superfund status.

Environmental Justice: Opposing Industrial Hog Farming

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This video segment adapted from Earthkeeping: Toxic Racism looks at how pollution from an industrial hog farm impacts people who live near the farm. Learn about waste lagoons and other environmental hazards from animal feeding operations. Hear the story of how one hog farm has affected a community in North Carolina and how residents sued the farm for violations of the Clean Water Act. In addition, learn about how minority communities are unfairly affected by environmental issues.

Environmental Justice: Opposing a Toxic Waste Incinerator

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Learn how farm workers and owners formed a rare alliance in an effort to block the use of an incinerator in their Latino community by suing for environmental discrimination in this video segment adapted from Earthkeeping: "Toxic Racism." Learn about the rural town of Kettleman City, California, where one of the country's largest hazardous waste landfills is located. Hear how farm workers and farm owners joined together to sue the waste management corporation for environmental discrimination against poor and minority communities. In addition, learn about environmental law principles that led to a ruling in favor of the citizens.

Waste Deep

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Enhance your health, science, and environmental studies curriculum with this video which features a landfill in South Jersey and examines the state of food waste in America today. Then, use the accompanying lesson plan, "Making Mountains Out of Landfills: Telling a Visual Story of Waste," to prepare students to visually track and document different kinds of trash in their community.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

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