Human ecology

Mother Nature in Charge | Empathy Without Answers

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With farming in his heritage, Mr. Frith understands the frustration the farmers in his region are going through, but he has no answers to give them.

Rhinoceros Release

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Due to unregulated hunting and poaching, the black rhinoceros has become an endangered species across the African continent. In an effort to preserve the remaining rhinos and repopulate the species, wildlife preserves have been created. The black rhinoceros now thrives in the South African National Park system. In order to spread the success of the South African preserve to other regions, rhinos from this sanctuary are being relocated to other preserves across the continent. In this video from Nature, learn about the factors taken into consideration to release the Black Rhino back into the wild.

How Did Human Civilization Spread? | Habitat Earth

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Historic population and cropland data illustrate the relationship between the spread of human civilization and agriculture on Earth between 10,000 BCE and 2,000 CE.

Explore more compelling data visualizations from the California Academy of Sciences.

5 Human Impacts on the Environment | Crash Course Ecology

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Hank gives the run down on the top five ways humans are negatively impacting the environment and having detrimental effects on the valuable ecosystem services which a healthy biosphere provides.

Great States | Idaho Economy

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Trace the history of Idaho’s economy in this video. Starting back with the American Indians’ ways of trading, the industries of Idaho have continued to evolve and change with the times.

Important Chapter | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn about how although the steamboat industry along the Red River lasted only fifty years, it was an important transitional step in the transportation industry of the area in this video from the Steamboat on the Red series. The steamboats brought commerce, settlers, new towns, and international movements of goods and people to the Northern Plains.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Nobel: Jackrabbit Plague

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Nobel discusses the jackrabbit plague in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The Dust Bowl".

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

The Art and Science of Renzo Piano

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Learn how Renzo Piano took on the challenge of creating one of the greenest museums in the world.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | The Decline of Railroads and Streetcars

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Discover how the building and use of railroads declined due to the popularity of automobiles and trucks. One effect was the development of regional and short line railroads that served smaller communities. Several larger cities used local electric streetcars until the automobiles took over.

Stewards of the Land | Odegard Farm

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Growing a wide variety of grains, the Odegaards seeded marginal land to grass, mulch tilled, rotated grazing pasture and networked with other participating farmers. 

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