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Our Changing Planet

By Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium

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Our Changing Planet is an informative public television series about climate and environmental change, and opportunities to preserve Earth's life-sustaining natural resources for future generations. See visible, life-altering changes taking place globally as Earth's climate warms, from animal extinctions, to vanishing glaciers, to melting polar ice sheets and permafrost, to rising seas that threaten coastal communities and low lying islands. Learn about environmental damage from the corrosive effects of acid rain; the hole in ozone layer that allows harmful ultraviolet radiation to reach Earth's surface; extreme weather events like hurricanes, heat waves, cold snaps, and droughts; the use of fossil fuels and the build-up of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere; alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power to reduce our dependence on coal and oil; and space-age technology that helps farmers grow crops in a more Earth-friendly way. What effect does a growing world population and expanding economy have on Earth's resources? What are the hidden environmental costs behind the everyday products we simply throw away? Will we exhaust Earth's freshwater resources? How do plant and animal species respond to human transformation of the land and rivers for housing, industry, transportation, farming, ranching, mining and forestry? All episodes are written and produced at UMAC, the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium at the University of North Dakota. Full episodes, complete with closed captioning and supporting links and information are available at

Customer Reviews

one's imagination, but love for Earth...

This has to be the single greatest short clip exposure to truth and sobering thoughts of what man has, and is doing to the very place we live and breathe. How, if even only speculation, can we not willingly be better stewards of what we have been given? Whether or not global warming, cooling, or anything else for that matter, why can't we preserve and protect? We just have this ONE PLANET, and when we lose it, well, "nice knowing ya".......

Right Message...Wrong clips

I just watched the 1st episode (Amphibian Alarm) and was very disapointed that the creators of this program used two reptile clips while talking specifically about amphibians. To most people it may not make seem like a big deal. However, the situation of amphibian decline is a serious matter. For any peopple who might be opposed to the message, such ridiculous errors reduce the believability of the message (i.e., if the creators don't know what amphibians are, how can they talk about why they are important). As a wildlife biologist and supporter of the message presented in the podcast, it would have been extremely easy to get it right - there is plenty of amphibian footage and still pictures available to correct the 1-2 second slot that the clips occupied. I am an environmentalist who is reasonable in his thinking...but it is easily conceivable that such careless errors do more harm than good.

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  • Category: Higher Education
  • Language: English

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