The NewsHour : environmental science

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  • Whether they arise from human causes or forces within planet Earth itself, natural disasters threaten life and civilization with what seems to be growing frequency. This album of NewsHour segments studies troubling developments in marine, arctic, wetland, and urban environments - highlighting research opportunities that may help prevent future catastrophes. Coral reef decay, Everglades habitat loss, polar ice disappearance, and global warming are all analyzed. In addition, the program looks at earthquake prediction, hurricane and tornado tracking, air pollution monitoring, tsunami warning systems, and the cleanup of toxic flood sediment in New Orleans.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 25, 2007.
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  • Reefs and Medicine (7:34) -- Coral Reefs (11:58) -- Tsunami Alert (11:32) -- Saving the Everglades (12:50) -- Polar Warming (10:11) -- Tracking Air Pollution (9:29) -- Predicting Earthquakes (11:05) -- Climate Changes (8:23) -- Tracking Hurricanes (10:01) -- Chasing Tornadoes (7:15) -- New Orleans Cleanup (10:07)
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