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The Old and New Cities of Beichuan

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POV
PBS


Explore and compare the old Chinese city of Beichuan, ruined in 2008 by a devastating earthquake, and the new city built 15 miles away just two years later, as seen in Fallen City. Zoom in to see the Google Maps imagery of the destroyed city and important places in the lives of Fallen City's subjects. Zoom out to view other nearby cities and landmarks. Continue


California imposes mandatory water restrictions

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


California is now in the third year of its worst drought since the 1970s. Despite a drought emergency, consumption actually rose in May. But under new rules starting August 1, people who waste water on lawns and car washing could be fined up to $500 a day. Judy Woodruff talks to Craig Miller of KQED and Timothy Quinn of the Association of California Water Agencies about the new measures. Continue


Vibrant Cambodian lake may face less-fishy future

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most productive freshwater ecosystems in the world. But overfishing, climate change and plans to build a hydropower dams could threaten the animals that make their home in the body of water known as the beating heart of Cambodia. Hari Sreenivasan narrates a report in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on efforts to track and maintain lake health. Continue


Passing down the passion for preservation with hands-on work

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


High atop Central Virginia's Shenandoah Mountains, students are continuing work begun 75 years ago when the National Park was originally established. A pilot project from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is bringing a new generation of young civilian workers into the hands-on trade of preserving America’s landmarks. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue


EPA plan critic on cutting emissions and global competition

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For an opposing perspective on the EPA’s new rules on cutting carbon emissions, Gwen Ifill talks to Jeff Holmstead of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, a leading voice for many of the power companies opposed to the proposal. Continue


Why solar technology cannot save us

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman hears from former big pharma executive Chris Martenson about how our economy requires unsustainable resources. But technology cannot make alternative sources of energy; it can only help us find them. Continue


The War on Climate Scientists

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Moyers & Company
PBS


While climate change is serious, corporations and even some governments seem recklessly determined to minimize or deny the reality of global warming, as well as undermine the authority of scientists. In the second part of his conversation with Bill, environmental activist David Suzuki says killing the messenger is a 50-year-old strategy ripped straight from big tobacco's playbook. Continue


Environmental Working Group president Ken Cook

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


One of the environmental community’s most prominent critics of U.S. farm and food policy offers his take on choosing the right food. Continue


Putting the Freeze on Global Warming

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Bill talks with two leaders who helped inspire the new fossil fuel divestment movement. They are urging foundations, faith groups, pension funds, municipalities and universities to sell their shares in polluting industries and reinvest in companies committed to climate change solutions. Continue


Scientist Ken Caldeira

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


In recognition of Earth Day 2014, one of the leading U.S. scientists on global warming weighs in on the climate change debate. Continue


Geographer Carolyn Finney

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The Berkeley geographer explores issues that would open doors to greater participation in environmental and conservation concerns. Continue


Vibrant Cambodian lake may face less-fishy future

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Tonle Sap Lake is one of the most productive freshwater ecosystems in the world. But overfishing, climate change and plans to build a hydropower dams could threaten the animals that make their home in the body of water known as the beating heart of Cambodia. Hari Sreenivasan narrates a report in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on efforts to track and maintain lake health. Continue


Risky Business Project quantifies climate change costs

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


If you are an American investor, the risks of climate change should matter to you. That's the message from the Risky Business Project, led by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, billionaire financier Tom Steyer and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. These business and political leaders have come together to quantify the economic costs. Judy Woodruff talks to Paulson about the project. Continue


In coal states, Democrats seek distance from emissions plan

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A new proposal by the EPA to cut carbon emissions may not take full effect for several years, but the political effects kicked in immediately. In states like West Virginia and Kentucky, where nearly all of the electricity is generated by coal, Democrats were quick to denounce the plan. Susan Page of USA Today and Reid Wilson of The Washington Post join Gwen Ifill to examine the backlash. Continue


EPA chief defends price of carbon-cutting plan

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The Obama administration laid out an ambitious new plan to cut down on carbon pollution and combat climate change while offering some flexibility to states. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the new rules and why she says they are good for the health of the economy, as well as criticism from both the energy industry and environmentalists. Continue


What is peak oil, and will fracking buy us time?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with former big pharma executive Chris Martenson about why the money the U.S. printed after the financial crash would have been better spent on alternative energy rather than on the banks. Continue


Time to Get Real on Climate Change

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Moyers & Company
PBS


This week, as the White House issued a landmark report detailing the frightening effects of global warming on our country, Bill Moyers talks with a scientist who has sounded the alarm for decades. David Suzuki, host of the Canadian TV series, “The Nature of Things,” believes that the current situation is not hopeless but says, “Our politicians should be thrown in the slammer for willful blindness. Continue


EMILY's List 2014 We Are EMILY Award Celebration

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To The Contrary
PBS


EMILY's List hosts the 2014 We Are EMILY Award Celebration honoring Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer as well as the recipient of the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award. To the Contrary speaks with Congressional Candidates Emily Cain of Maine and Mary Rose Wilcox of Arizona and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Continue


The Drying of America: Too Many People, Too Little Water

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To The Contrary
PBS


To the Contrary takes an in-depth look into our depleting water supply; the causes and what, if anything, we can do to reverse this trend. From Nevada, Arizona and California in the west to North and South Carolina on the east coast, this provocative documentary takes you to communities struggling with the impact of this critical problem. Continue


How can U.S. overcome obstacles to climate policy?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The latest U.N. report on climate change suggests ways to potentially ward off the worst impacts of rising emissions. But these scenarios come with real costs, and have faced political opposition as well as reluctance from the American public. Judy Woodruff learns more from Robert Stavins of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Maura Cowley of the Energy Action Coalition. Continue


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