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D-Day: As it Happens (2)
The Golden Age
Cosmos Carl Sagan: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
The First Christianity
Top Science Stories of 2017
Is Time Travel Possible
City Maps
Cooked: Air
Cartoon Maps
Indefensible
Monster we met: The Eternal Frontier
Bugs a Rainforest Adventure
World Richest Terror Army
Blood Of The Vikings: The Sea Road
A Night With The Stars
The 21st Century Race for Space
Blood Of The Vikings: Rulers
The Mastery of Flight
Facing Ali
A Plastic Ocean
Requiem for the American Dream
Neanderthal Apocalypse
Dark Net Crush
Blood Of The Vikings: Last of the Vikings
Alpha Egg
Blood Filled Streets
Oasis Supersonic
Blood Of The Vikings: First Blood
The Last Reef
Planet Earth II Cities
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
Prescription Thugs
The Code: Shapes
Are We... Alone
That Sugar Film
Return to Jurassic Park

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Living Together
Living Together 2006

The documentary deals with the future of conservation. It begins by looking at previous efforts. The 'Save The Whales' campaign, which started in the 1960s, is seen to have had a limited effect, as whaling continues and fish stocks also decline. In the 1990s, as head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Richard Leakey took on the poachers by employing armed units. Although it was successful in saving elephants, the policy was detrimental to the Maasai people, who were forced from their land. The need for "fortress" areas is questioned, and the recently highlighted Raja Ampat coral reef in Indonesia is an example. The more tourism it generates, the greater the potential for damage — and inevitable coastal construction. Sustainable development is viewed as controversial, and one contributor perceives it to currently be a "contradiction in terms". Trophy hunting is also contentious. Those that support it argue that it generates wealth for local economies, while its opponents point to the reducing numbers of species such as the markhor. Ecotourism is shown to be beneficial, as it is in the interests of its providers to protect their environments. However, in some areas, such as the Borneo rainforests, the great diversity of species is being replaced by monocultures. The role of both religion and the media in conservation is argued to be extremely important. Contributors to the programme admit a degree of worry about the future, but also optimism.

Category:Nature  Duration:   

The Grasslands
The Grasslands 2011

Grasslands feed the world. Over thousands of years, we humans have learned to grow grains on the grasslands and domesticate the creatures that live there. Our success has propelled our population to almost seven billion people. But this episode reveals that, even today, life in the 'Garden of Eden' isn't always rosy. We walk with the Dorobo people of Kenya as they bravely attempt to scare off a pride of hungry lions from their freshly caught kill. We gallop across the Steppe with extraordinary Mongolian horsemen who were 'born in the saddle'. And in a perfect partnership with nature built up over generations Maasai children must literally talk to the birds! The honeyguide leads them to find sweet treats, but they'll have to repay the favour.

Category:Culture  Duration:59:00   Series: Human Planet

 
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