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National Geographic
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  • PRESERVE OUR PLANET

DESCRIPTION

Around the globe, scientists are racing to solve a series of mysteries. Unsettling transformations are sweeping across the planet, and clue by clue, investigators around the world are assembling a new picture of Earth, discovering ways that seemingly disparate events are connected. Crumbling houses in New Orleans are linked to voracious creatures from southern China. Vanishing forests in Yellowstone are linked to the disappearance of wolves. An asthma epidemic in the Caribbean is linked to dust storms in Africa. Scientists suspect we have entered a time of global change swifter than any human being has ever witnessed. Where are we headed? What can we do to alter this course of events? National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth, premiering in Spring 2005 on PBS, explores these questions. Drawing upon research being generated by a new discipline, Earth System Science (ESS), the series aims to create an innovative type of environmental awareness. By revealing a cause and effect relationship between what we as humans do to the Earth and what that in turn does to our environment and ecosystems, the series creates a new sense of environmental urgency. Award-winning actor, writer and director Edward Norton (Primal Fear, American History X, Italian Job) hosts the series. A dedicated environmental activist, Norton has a special interest in providing solar energy to low income families. Each of the four one-hour episodes is constructed as a high-tech detective story, with the fate of the planet at stake.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Preserve Our Planet: Underwater Oasis
    We go underwater to discover The Aliwal Shoal, a place where sharks congregate and where fish walk on the bottom of the ocean.
  • Preserve Our Planet: Journey To Shark Eden
    Enric Sala and his team search for the key to save our planet's reefs - in a hidden paradise called Shark Eden.
  • Preserve Our Planet: When the Earth Stops Spinning
    What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? Half the planet would be in perpetual darkness, the other half in light. Oceans will flood most of our cities, while others will be airless & lifeless.
  • Preserve Our Planet: Population Overload
    What would happen to the world if the population doubled overnight? How quickly would we run out of water? Power? Food? And who will be left behind?
  • Preserve Our Planet: World Without Oil
    What would happen if the world that so depends on oil - suddenly ran out? Aftermath: The World Without Oil takes you to a planet you will never see.
  • Preserve Our Planet: Betrayed by the Sun
    How long could our world survive a rapidly aging sun? Take a look into a terrifying future where our planet is swallowed by the sun.
  • Preserve Our Planet: Six Degrees That Could Change The World
    Dramatic sequences that reveal the history of similar events in our planets lifetime; the science behind why these events will happen; and the technological weapons we can wield to fight back. The drama of each degree will be hard-hitting, revealing through cutting-edge graphics a descending prism into the world of each degree warmer we get, from the geological, weather, biological, and human perspectives. Well draw viewers into each degree act with the story of a comparable weather event that will illustrate what we're in for.
  • Preserve Our Planet: Extreme Ice
    Changes in the earth's geology were once to take thousands of years to play out. But Balog's photographs are hard proof to these transformations.
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