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Environmental Issues
  The Earth At Risk Environmental Video Series
Part 1: Acid Rain        
Part 2: Clean Air
Part 3: Clean Water
Part 4: Degradation of the Land
Part 5: Extinction
Part 6: Global Warming
Part 7: Nuclear Energy/Waste
Part 8: The Ozone Layer
Part 9: The Rainforest
Part 10: Recycling
Earth on Edge: Bill Moyers Reports

The Global Environment

Harvest of Fear
The Living Land
Race to Save the Planet
Part 1: Environmental Revolution
Part 2: Only One Atmosphere
Part 3: Do We Really Want to Live this Way?
Part 4: In the Name of Progress
Part 5: Remnants of Eden
Part 6: More for Less
Part 7: Save the Earth, Feed the World
Part 8: Waste Not, Want Not
Part 9: It Needs Political Decisions
Part 10: Now or Never
Replanting the Tree of Life
Water: Sacred and Profaned
What’s Up With the Weather?
When the Bough Breaks: Our Children, Our Environment

Title

The Earth At Risk Environmental Video Series          
Part 1: Acid Rain        
Part 2: Clean Air
Part 3: Clean Water
Part 4: Degradation of the Land
Part 5: Extinction
Part 6: Global Warming
Part 7: Nuclear Energy/Waste
Part 8: The Ozone Layer
Part 9: The Rainforest
Part 10: Recycling

Series The Earth At Risk Environmental Video Series
Publisher East Sussex, UK: Schlessinger Video Productions (A Division of Library Video Company), 1993
Credits none listed
Format VHS
Length 30 minutes each
Abstract Hosted by former MTV host Kevin Seal and targeted for students in the 5-12 grade level, these programs discuss pressing environmental issues in an engaging way.  The programs are based on Chelsea House Publishers series of books. 
   
Title Earth on Edge: Bill Moyers Reports
Series Bill Moyers
Publisher

South Burlington, VT: WGBH Boston Video, 2002

Credits none listed
Format VHS
Length 120 minutes
Abstract

In this documentary, Bill Moyers interviews scientists from Mongolia, British Columbia, Brazil, South Africa, and Kansas in order to evaluate the state of the environment in light of human activities.  This film is produced in collaboration with the World Resources Institute. 

   
Title The Global Environment
Series Great Decisions, 1988
Publisher Bloomington, Minn.: Normandale Community College, 1988(?)
Credits Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Thomas O’Toole
Format VHS
Length 52 minutes
Abstract Tom O’Toole, a social scientist, argues that scientific processes, instead of patterns of belief, may be capable of addressing global problems.
   
Title Harvest of Fear
Series None Listed
Publisher

Los Angeles, CA: PBS, 2001

Credits

Producer/Director/Writer: Jon Palfreman
Editor: Peter Rhodes
Associate Producers: Kathleen Boisvert and Albert Lee

Format DVD
Length 120 minutes
Abstract This Frontline and NOVA special considers the positive and negative consequences of genetically-modified food.  A number of representatives are interviewed, including workers in the food and biotech industry, farmers, scientists, government officials, and biotechnology critics.
   
Title The Living Land
Series None Listed
Publisher Distributed by: Palo Alto, Calif.: Foundation for Global Community, 1999
Credits A Baylands Production.

Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Foundation for Global Community, Palo Alto, California
Format VHS
Length 27 minutes
Abstract Wes Jackson, John Jeavons, Mas Masumoto, and Alice Waters discuss issues pertaining to food production and human modes of interacting with the land.
   
Title Race to Save the Planet
Part 1: Environmental Revolution
Part 2: Only One Atmosphere
Part 3: Do We Really Want to Live this Way?
Part 4: In the Name of Progress
Part 5: Remnants of Eden
Part 6: More for Less
Part 7: Save the Earth, Feed the World
Part 8: Waste Not, Want Not
Part 9: It Needs Political Decisions
Part 10: Now or Never
Series Race to Save the Planet
Publisher Boston, Mass.: WGBH-TV, 1990(?)
Distributed by Santa Barbara, Calif.: Intellimation, 1990
Credits Produced by the WGBH Science Unit in association with Chedd-Angier, Film Australia, The University Grants Commission of India, Gujarat University, EMRC.

Narrator: Roy Scheider
Host: Meryl Streep
Format 10 VHS videocassettes (3/4 inch tape)
Length Approximately 60 minutes each
Abstract This ten-part video series considers various ways in which humans are altering the planet and makes recommendations about how to preserve the natural environment.
   
Title Replanting the Tree of Life
Series None Listed
Publisher Oley, Pa.: Bullfrog Films, 1987
Credits Producer, Director, Editor: David Leach
Writer: Amanda McConnell
Camerapeople: David Leach, Barry Stone, Richard Stringer
Narrator: Murray Cruchley
Music: John Welsman
Guidebook Writers: David Leach, Ann Lyons
Format VHS; teacher’s guidebook
Length 21 minutes
Abstract This brief teaching video highlights the crucial role that trees play environmentally, culturally, spiritually, economically, and industrially.
   
Title Water: Sacred and Profaned
Series None Listed
Publisher Distributed by: Palo Alto, Calif.: Foundation for Global Community, 1998
Credits A Baylands Production.

Producers: Jim Burch, Wileta Burch, Sandra Mardigian
Editor: Jim Burch
Camerapeople: Jim Burden, Jim Lyttle
Music: David Foster, Paul Lloyd Warner
Narrator: Peter Coyote
Funded by the Foundation for Global Community

Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Linda Hogan
Robert Hass
Susan Zwinger
Colin Fletcher
Jennifer Greene
David Whyte
Format VHS
Length 27 minutes
Abstract Using moving images of oceans, lakes, rivers, ice, clouds, and precipitation, Colin Fletcher, Jennifer Greene, Robert Hass, Linda Hogan, Susan Zwinger, and David Whyte reflect on water, its forms and religious connotations. Musical accompaniment by David Foster.
   
Title What’s Up with the Weather?
Series None Listed
Publisher South Burlington, Vt.: WGBH Boston Video, 2000
Credits A Frontline/NOVA co-production with the Palfreman Film Group and the WGBH Educational Foundation.

Producer, Director, Writer: Jon Palfreman
Editor: James Rutenbeck
Camerapeople: Erich Roland, Mark Rublee
Original Music: Robert Secret
Narrator: Will Lyman
Format VHS
Length 120 minutes
Abstract A NOVA/Frontline special report, this video documents various dramatic and deadly changes in global weather patters, including floods in Africa, American hurricanes, and increasing temperatures worldwide. Will Lyman narrates this exploration into the facts, features, and forces of climate change.
   
Title When the Bough Breaks: Our Children, Our Environment
Series None Listed
Publisher Olney, Pa.: Bullfrog Films, 1991, c1990
Credits Central-Observer production made in association with Television Trust for the Environment.

Producers: Lawrence Moore, Robbie Stamp
Narrator: Janet Suzman
Format VHS
Length 52 minutes
Abstract Exploring the ways in which overpopulation and ecological degradation are linked, this video looks at how children in developed and developing countries are affected differently by industrial pollution, starvation, drought, lack of medical care, and poor sanitation. Compares how money is spent in the different countries in relation to these problems.