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  • EARTH DAY SPECIALS

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See how human advancements and modernisation is taking a toll on our nature's balance. Realise how earth is grappling with this ever increasing exploitation, while retorting against this rampage.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Earth Day Specials: Birth of an Ocean
    In The Birth of an Ocean episode one we travel back to ancient time, telling the story of the ocean's turbulent beginnings.
  • Earth Day Specials: The Changing Sea
    The Changing Sea we illustrate how the ocean's chemistry and systems are being compromised by increased acidity, less oxygen and warming temperatures.
  • Earth Day Specials: Deep Mysteries
    Can cutting-edge technologies allow us to truly experience, for the first time, the three-dimensional world of the deep ocean?
  • Earth Day Specials: Footprints in the sand
  • Earth Day Specials: Eco Ark
    Built out of one and a half million recycled drink bottles, the nine storey high Eco Ark Pavilion was designed specifically for the Taipei International Flora Expo that starts in November 2010 - a horticultural extravaganza on an Olympic scale. As one of the show's crucial themes was environmental awareness, the building had to be green. Young Harvard trained architect/engineer, Arthur Huang, who has a special interest in sustainable design, came up with the idea of the Eco Ark Pavilion. Each year Taiwan has to deal with 90 thousand tonnes of waste plastic bottles -- Arthur Huang was looking at ways to put that waste to good use in the construction industry. But with limited time and money and plenty of unknowns in the equation, Arthur and his design team battled almost overwhelming challenges. With lightweight plastic construction still at the experimental stage, they had no idea whether recycled drink bottles would be able to withstand the forces of nature. The building had to bear up to wind, rain, fire and earthquakes and provide safety and shelter for the visitors to the Flora Expo. With about six million visitors expected to go through the pavilion, it wasn't just Arthur and his team's reputation on the line, but also people's lives. It soon became clear that ordinary plastic bottles weren't up to the job and the team set out to transform the bottles into building bricks. They came up with a brand new revolutionary product: Pollibricks - remoulded interlocking plastic bottles, strong enough to withstand the forces of nature.
  • Earth Day Specials: Plastiki
    This two-part documentary follows the journey of the Plastiki, a boat built from over 12,000 recycled plastic drinking bottles. It's the eco-dream of adventurer David De Rothschild - his intention is to spread a message of environmental responsibility across the globe. In this first hour, David wrestles with the challenge of finding environmentally sound recyclable plastic to create the framework to hold the thousands of bottles which will provide its buoyancy. He eventually succeeds - creating an entirely recyclable, aesthetically beautiful 6 person catamaran. After he's recruited a crew with the same sensibilities as himself, the Plastiki is launched and following a few teething troubles the crew soon settles into its grueling daily routine of 3 hours on, 3 hours off. The documentary follows the daily lives and hazards facing the crew - skippers Jo Royle and David Thompson, film makers Max Jourdan and Vern Moen and eccentric adventurer Olav Heyerdahl, grandson of the original Kontiki Explorer, Thor Heyerdahl.
  • Earth Day Specials: World's Biggest Shredder
    Experience the mighty mega shredder: The world's largest recycling machine, which takes the floor space of an entire factory, and reduces the equivalent of 450 cars an hour to an unrecognizable pulp.
  • Earth Day Specials: Eco School
  • Earth Day Specials: Urban Mine
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