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Saturn Lord of the Rings
Land Of The Mammoth
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Beyond the Rainbow
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
How to Grow a Planet Life from Light
Climate Change: A Horizon Guide
Living Together
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Shine a Light 2of2
Johnson Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal Of Fortune
Addicted to Sexting
Harmony of the Worlds
Volcano
Flying Monsters
Is your Brain Male or Female
When Will Time End
Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey
The Story of Maths To Infinity and Beyond
Inside the Milky Way
Deep Sea
Ghosts of the Abyss
Clash of the Gods: Medusa
Building the Sun The 250 Million Degree Problem
The 21st Century Race for Space
Deliver Us From Evil
Tiny Giants
Strange Signals from Outer Space
The Challenger
Zero Days
Venus and Mercury
The Joy of Mozart
Samurai Sword
Last Human Standing
An Everyday Miracle
Objectified

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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.

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