Category Archives: Films

The Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers, Video

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Dire Consequences of Dam Reservoir Emissions, Petit Saut Reservoir, French Guiana. A growing number of scientific studies indicate that reservoirs, especially in the tropics, are a significant source of global greenhouse gas pollution. The “fuel” for these emissions is the rotting of organic matter from the vegetation and soils flooded when the reservoir is first filled. The carbon in the plankton and plants that live and die in the reservoir, the detritus washed down from the watershed above, and the seasonal flooding of plants along the reservoir fringes, ensure that emissions continue for the lifetime of the reservoir. Captions and Photo source: ©© Frédéric Guérin / International Rivers

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Though large hydropower projects are often presented as a “clean and green” source of energy, nothing could be further from the truth…

WATCH on Vimeo: The Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers, from Todd Southgate

Learn More On Vimeo

Sediment Trapped Behind Dams Makes Them ‘Hot Spots’ for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, (08-01-2013)

New Global Warming Culprit: Dams (08-08-2012)
Washington State University researchers have documented an underappreciated suite of players in global warming: dams, the water reservoirs behind them, and surges of greenhouse gases as water levels go up and down.

Large Dams Just Aren’t Worth the Cost, The New York Times (10-25-2014)

Small Dams On Chinese River Harm Environment More Than Expected, study finds, NSF (05-30-2013)

DamNation; a Documentary That’s Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility; Produced by Stoecker Ecological and Felt Soul Media” and presented by Patagonia.

Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream, National Geographic (01-29-2015)

Dams – Cutting off our Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs (12-19-2014)

Sonic Sea, Film Documentary

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WATCH: Sonic Sea, Documentary Trailer (2016)
“This is the story that changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean — and shows what we can do to quiet this deadly noise.”—NRDC

Excerpts, from NRDC;

“Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world.

Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.”

“It was a typical March morning for whale watching in the Bahamas — mild, a little humid, and not a hint of the elusive beaked whales that have made their home in the Grand Bahama Canyon for the past 30 million years.

But look out far enough and you might have glimpsed the fleet of U.S. Navy destroyers running training exercises in the canyon, blasting deep-sea sonar at decibel levels equivalent to a jetfighter.

And if you stuck around a few hours, you’d have finally seen these majestic whales — 17 of them, stranding themselves on the beach, bleeding from their ears and brains, desperately trying to escape the deadly noise…”

Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former U.S. Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean. TV Premiere May 19th, 2016.

The film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting, in addition to the renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

Sonic Sea was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs.

Watch the trailer for Sonic Sea (2016), the NRDC documentary that tells the inside story of this day of infamy — then see what happened next when the film premieres Discovery Channel this Thursday May 19th, 2016

WHAT:

The television premiere of Sonic Sea — the powerful documentary narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Rachel McAdams that exposes how relentless human-made ocean noise is devastating marine mammals, and charts a path toward solving this avoidable environmental tragedy.

WHEN:

This Thursday, May 19, on the Discovery Channel

In the darkness of the sea, whales and other marine life depend on sound to mate, find food — in short, to survive. But a cacophony of sonic “bombs” unleashed by oil prospectors, freight ships and military sonar is tearing their symphony of life apart.

The first step to solving a problem is sounding the alarm as far and wide as possible — and that starts with this film.—NRDC

Learn More, NRDC

Sonic Sea — Trailer, By NRDC; Uploaded on Youtube February 2016


More on Ocean noise pollution:

Accoustic Pollution and Marine Mammals, Nature
In the Canary Islands, 14 beaked whales washed ashore bleeding from the ears. All eventually died. A post-mortem examination revealed that the whales showed signs of decompression sickness (what scuba divers call “the bends”). Decompression sickness can occur when a mammal swims to the ocean’s surface too quickly, and the change in pressure produces lethal nitrogen gas bubbles that clog its blood vessels. Evidence of acute decompression sickness indicates unusual behavior. Over the past 40 years, cumulative research across the globe has revealed a coincidence between naval sonar testing events and acute decompression sickness in beached marine mammals…

Whales Benefit From Action On Ocean Noise, BBC News (03-04-2013)

A Rising Tide of Noise Is Now Easy to See, The New York Times (12-15-2012)

Navy study: Sonar, Blasts Might Hurt More Sea Life (05-14-2012)

Accoustic Pollution and Naval Sonar testing, Discover Magazine (01-26-2012)

Ship noise in coastal habitats could interfere with orca’s communication, Science Daily (02-03-2016)

Whales Benefit From Action On Ocean Noise, BBC News (03-04-2013)

A Silent Victory For Marine Mammals, On Earth Magazine (04-03-2015)
A federal judge stands up to the noisy navy for the sake of marine mammals…

Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300 Percent Since 1992, AGU (11-29-2014)
Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, likely causing more water, air and noise pollution on the open seas, according to a new study quantifying global ship traffic…

Super-sized ships: How big can they get? Independent (10-21-2014)
Despite the physical limits and risks, ships of more than 450m are anticipated within the next five years…

“FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping,” a movie by multi award-winning filmmaker Denis Delestrac-©-2016; (03-31-2016)
90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilisation; without it, it would be impossible to fulfil the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points…

“The Shore Break,” A Movie From Riley Grunenwald

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WATCH: The Shore Break, Documentary Trailer (May 2015)

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Riley Grunenwald’s “The Shore Break” is an engrossing documentary presenting an engaging standoff between corrupt pro-mining forces and a South African coastal community. The drama is structured around two diametrically opposed protagonists…

“A gorgeous stretch of the Wild Coast is the object of contention among locals, international business interests and a pro-development national government. An Australian company has proposed opening an ambitious beach sand mining operation to tape the region’s huge stores of titanium…”

Read Full Article, Variety (04-30-2015)

See and Learn More on: The Shore Break Movie Website

“The Shore Break”: A struggle of extremes plays out on South Africa’s Wild Coast, Intercontinental Cry (04-30-2016)

Durban 2015 Review: THE SHORE BREAK Tries To Stem The Tide, But Only Time Will Tell, Twitch Film
Update on the story: The fight is ongoing at all levels. According to Grunenwald, since the film’s conclusion…

The environmental loss of illegal sand mining in South Africa, ENCA (01-07-2016)

Sand Mining Threatens South Africa’s Coast, Business Report (03-06-2015)

Illegal Sand Mining in South Africa a Report: “Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme, by Romy Chevallier;” All’Africa (12-28-2014)

South Africa Dune Mining Whips Up Sandstorm, CNN (07-09-2012)
For centuries, the massive sand dunes overlooking the warm waters off the South African east coast have created a majestic scenery, acting as a natural wall between the sea and the land environment. In recent years, mining companies have been eager to dig inside these dunes to extract the valuable minerals they contain…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public…

Sand Mining in South Africa: Learn More, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

All the Way to the Ocean, The Movie

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WATCH: All the Way to the Ocean; MOVIE TRAILER

Excerpts;

Joel Harper’s beloved book is now an animated movie featuring the talents of acclaimed actors, award winning musicians, and dedicated activists; including Amy Smart, Ben Harper, Burning Spear, Jack Johnson, Joel Harper, Marcia Cross, and Xavier Rudd.

The movie artfully tackles non-point source pollution in an entertaining and immersive way that children and adults will find engaging!

“James throws a plastic bottle in the gutter and doesn’t believe that it will go all the way to the ocean. His friend Isaac warns James about the consequences of his littering. There begins the adventures of James and Isaac as they learn about the harmful effects of storm drain pollution, and in turn, spread the word to their friends and the rest of their school. Helping the kids along this journey are a concerned Crane from the coast line, a surprisingly insightful Surfer Dude and James’ Mom.”

Read Full Article And Watch The Movie Trailer, from Freedom Three Publishing

The Book: “All The Way To The Ocean,” by Joel Harper (© 2010)
A book teaching kids and parents that sewage pollution runs “All the Way to the Ocean.”

Plastic pollution: When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care

FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping; a movie by Denis Delestrac

FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping

A movie by multi award-winning filmmaker Denis Delestrac
Produced by Polar Star Films. Co-produced by La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse.


FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping, reveals in an audacious investigation the mechanics and perils of cargo shipping; an all-but-visible industry that relentlessly supplies 7 billion humans and holds the key to our economy, our environment and the very model of our civilization.

World premiere: San Francisco Green Film Fest April 14th – 20th, 2016.

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SYNOPSIS:

90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilisation; without it, it would be impossible to fulfil the ever-increasing demands of our societies.

Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points.

The film answers questions such as: Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business? To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line? And what’s life like for modern seafarers?

Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, FREIGHTENED reveals in an audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry…

Purchase advance tickets, and learn more; Sand Francisco Green Fest

Moving to Higher Ground (After 12,000 years)

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WATCH: A video by Great Big Story

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The Quinault Indian Nation has lived in what is now Washington State for thousands of years. But, it’s time to move. The tribe lives on the coast, and climate change has caused sea levels to rise and endanger the village. As the tribe moves to higher ground, it’s bittersweet, since a new home also means moving off sacred ground…

Watch Video, Great Big Story

Escaping the Waves: a Fijian Village Relocates, a Video (10-03-2015)
“When many understand climate change in concept but not through personal experience, this exhibit carries great weight…”

Voices From the South Pacific, Video (11-19-2010)
UNDP produced a film about the reality of climate change in the Pacific island of Kiribati. The film clearly shows how people’s lives are being affected right now by rising sea waters…

Sinking a Mexican Navy Warship: A GoPro Awards Video

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WATCH: A video captured and submitted by GoPro Awards recipient, JP Ussel

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The Uribe 121, a former Mexican Navy battleship, was sunk 1.2 miles off the coast of Rosario, Mexico, to create the first artificial reef in Baja California…

Watch Video, GoPro Channel

Turning Oil Rigs Into Reefs: A Video; The New York Times (03-08-2016)
Environmentalists disagree over whether outdated oil rigs off the coast of Long Beach, Calif., can become an addition to the marine ecosystem…

Shipwrecks Posing Threat to Waters Hold Many Unknowns, Miami Herald (11-02-2015)
Dozens of shipwrecks scattered along America’s coasts are thought to be holding oil and certainly will start leaking someday as corrosion eats away at their tanks…

NOAA Report Examines National Oil Pollution Threat From Shipwrecks, NOAA (05-23-2013)
NOAA presented to the U.S. Coast Guard a new report that finds that 36 sunken vessels scattered across the U.S. seafloor could pose an oil pollution threat to the nation’s coastal marine resources…

An Ancient Beach With Modern Subway Cars- 16 Fathoms Down To Take This Train; By Art Trembanis, Nicole Raineault & Carter DuVal
It used to require a ticket to ride the Redbird line of subway cars but now you’ll need a set of SCUBA gear to ride these trains. Over 900 New York City subway cars sit on the seafloor, just 16.5 nautical miles (19 mi) from the Delaware shore.These subway cars are part of an artificial reef, known as the Redbird reef (after the line of subway car) that have been placed on the seafloor since 2001…

France and Florida Hit Reverse on Sinking Tyres for Artificial Reefs, AFP / Phys Org (05-22-2015)

Grenada, Museo Subacuatico Del Arte, off the coast of Cancún; By Jason deCaires Taylor (08-01-2013)
Environmentally inspired artist, Jason deCaires Taylor, created a hauntingly beautiful underwater museum with his life-like statues providing habitat for marine life, coral re-growth and mystery for divers to explore. His sculptures, are installed in the underwater museum, MUSA (Museo Subacuatico Del Arte) off the coast of Cancún…

Stealing Turtle Eggs Got People Shot, But The Thievery Continues

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Turtle eggs for sale. Photo source: ©© Kansas Sebastian

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Olive ridley sea turtles are a threatened species, and the Mexican government has made it illegal to harvest their eggs from Pacific beaches. Mexican marines patrol those beaches, and violators have been prosecuted. Yet sea turtle eggs continue to be harvested, sold in the market…

WATCH: A National Geographic Video; (06:40)

Read Full Article and View Video, National Geographic

Sea Turtle Eggs Have Turned Beach into a Battleground, ABC News (11-08-2015)

Sea Turtle Egg Poaching Legalized in Costa Rica: The Debate, Coastal Care (07-29-2011)

“Time To Choose”: The New Film From Oscar-Winner Charles Ferguson

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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In a special event, you can watch the important new climate change film, “Time to Choose,” from Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson.

“Time to Choose” takes on one of the most pressing issues of our time, global climate change, and examines the main contributing factors to this worldwide phenomenon, and what we can do to alleviate this crisis. The film makes the case that we can combat climate change; that we have the tools and the knowledge to begin doing so right now…

WATCH: “Time To Choose”: The New Film From Oscar-Winner Charles Ferguson (01:40:53), on Huffington Green

Read Full Article and Watch The Film (01:40:53), Huffington Green