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PBS shows on 'Planet Earth,' now on Libraries website

The Libraries' Media Center is pleased to offer eleven noted PBS shows in the "Journey to Planet Earth" series, now available for viewing on the Libraries website.

The eleven PBS shows were added to the Libraries' online collections in support of the university's Ecologies in the Balance: The Way Forward initiative. This initiative is a year long series of programs that will examine possible responses to sweeping and unprecedented global environmental, social, and economic challenges.

The PBS shows, which are narrated by Matt Damon and Kelly McGillis, run about one hour each. They can be viewed on any computer within or accessing the Rutgers University network, at any time.

The eleven PBS shows include:

Future conditional
An exploration of the connections between environmental change and the future health of the planet. Investigates the effects of toxic pollution in the Arctic, Mexico, Uzbekistan, and in California.

Hot zones
A report on the connections between environmental change and the state of human health. Investigates the situations in Kenya, Peru, Bangladesh, and the United States.

Land of plenty, land of want
A study of the state of agriculture in four countries (Zimbabwe, France, China, and the United States) and how practices impact the environment.

On the brink
Program examines how changes in the environment can lead to terrorism and other threats to national security. Conditions in Bangladesh, South Africa, Peru, Haiti and the Mexican/U.S. border are used as case studies.

Rivers of destiny
An Investigation of the Mississippi, Amazon, Jordan, and Mekong River systems and how the environmental problems in each area impact the people living along the rivers.

Seas of grass
An analysis of the impact environmental and social changes have had on the world's grasslands. Regions explored are Inner Mongolia, Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, and the American West.

The state of the ocean's animals
Program asks why so many of our ocean's animals are disappearing. Case studies focus on global issues including climate change, sea-level rise, over-fishing and habitat destruction.

The state of the planet
An investigation of some of the most critical environmental and earth science questions of the 21st century. Issues covered include growing populations, water and food supply, and global warming. The investigation demonstrates why these issues should be taken seriously before it is too late.

The state of the planet's oceans
An examination of the health and sustainability of the world's oceans, with a special emphasis on climate change and issues affecting marine reserves, fisheries and coastal ecosystems.

The state of the planet's wildlife
An investigation of what scientists call 'the sixth great extinction' of the world's animals. Ultimately, the program asks why people should care that nearly half the world's wildlife may face extinction over the next fifty years.

The urban explosion
Program investigates four mega-cities (Mexico City, Istanbul, Shanghai, and New York City) and whether or not urban populations can be maintained without destroying the environment.

To access the shows in the "Journey to Planet Earth" series, please go to: ttp://

To learn more about the Ecologies in the Balance: The Way Forward initiative, please see:"

Posted September 16, 2010