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Germany Phases Out Nuclear Power

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Learn about Germany's controversial decision to end its nuclear energy program, in this video excerpt from FRONTLINE: Nuclear Aftershocks. In the wake of the 2011 Fukishima nuclear disaster in Japan, Germany announced plans to shut down all of its nuclear power plants by 2022. Germany has decided to use coal as a source of replacement energy to maintain baseload electricity until renewable sources (such as wind and solar) become more competitive. An increased reliance on fossil fuels may have potentially serious environmental ramifications by contributing further to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

The Rise of Social Networking

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In this video segment from FRONTLINE: "Digital Nation," teens talk about why they use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Flying Cheap: The Crash of Continental Flight 3407

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In Feb 2009, Continental Flight 3407 crashed outside of Buffalo, N.Y., killing 50 people. The flight was operated by Colgan Air, a regional airline that flies routes under contract for US Airways, United and Continental. The crash and subsequent investigation revealed a little-known trend in the airline industry: Major airlines have outsourced more of their flights to obscure regional carriers.

In this video chapter from FRONTLINE  Flying Cheap, correspondent Miles O'Brien explores this trend and examines some of the many factors that may have contributed to the accident.

Corporations or Consumers: Who's Responsible for Climate Change?

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FRONTLINE Heat is a global report on what is being done by the world’s largest corporations and governments to respond to the challenges posed by climate change and to the call for reductions in carbon emissions.

In this video case study from Heat, correspondent Martin Smith goes to Shenua Energy Corp. in China to examine a leading source of carbon emissions and ask who is really responsible for climate change: corporations or consumers?

Leadership on Climate Change: Can America Summon the Political Will?

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From FRONTLINE Heat, this video examines whether or not government leaders can summon the political will to address climate change.