Sustainability Videos
May 27, 2015

AP (May 13, 2015) — Golf courses in California are ripping up acres of turf grass to save on water costs and conserve the precious liquid as Gov. Jerry Brown and state water officials impose drastic cuts. The move is designed to save millions of gallons a year. (May 13) Video provided by AP ... watch video

Newsy (Apr. 29, 2015) — The fight to conserve loggerhead turtles in Australia has pitted humans against nature to solve a human-made problem. Video provided by Newsy ... watch video

Newsy (Apr. 13, 2015) — Researchers studying the rainforest of northern Borneo looked at how logging slows the crucial roles invertebrates play in the forest's ecosystem. Video provided by Newsy ... watch video

Reuters - US Online Video (Dec. 27, 2014) — A Nevada goat farmer partners up with a local fire department to 'recycle' discarded Christmas trees. Mana Rabiee reports. Video provided by Reuters ... watch video

FORA.tv (Dec. 18, 2014) — The Rewilding of California Wolf Territory California Academy of Sciences - California Academy of Sciences What would it be like to live in a world with no predators roaming our landscapes? Would their elimination bring about a pastoral, peaceful human civilization? Or in fact is their existence critical to our own, and do we need to be doing more to assure their health and the health of the landscapes they need to thrive? In this talk, Cristina Eisenberg delivers a compelling call for the necessity of top predators in large, undisturbed landscapes, and shows us how a continental-long corridor-a "carnivore way"-provides the room they need to roam and disperse. Along the way we will follow in the footsteps of six large carnivores-wolves, grizzly bears, lynx, jaguars, wolverines, and cougars-on a 7,500-mile wildlife corridor from Alaska to Mexico along the Rocky Mountains. Backed by robust science, Eisenberg shows how their well-being is a critical factor in sustaining healthy landscapes and how it is possible for humans and large carnivores to coexist peacefully and even to thrive. University students in natural resource science programs, resource managers, conservation organizations, and anyone curious about carnivore ecology and management in a changing world will find a thoughtful guide to large carnivore conservation that dispels long-held myths about their ecology and contributions to healthy, resilient landscapes. Video provided by FORA.tv ... watch video

AFP (Dec. 5, 2014) — Amidst worries about global warming and resource depletion, some US communities have turned to ultra-sustainable housing, known as 'Eathships'. Examples can be found across the world, but their spiritual home remains in New Mexico. Duration: 02:15 Video provided by AFP ... watch video

TheStreet (May 16, 2014) — California produces over 250 different crops. It is the sole producer of 12 commodities including almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, olives and walnuts, according to the state's Department of Water Resources. The department found that after a near-record dry winter, the statewide snowpack's water content was only 18% of average for May 1. As the snowpack normally provides about a third of water for California's farms and cities, the department says half-full reservoirs will not be significantly replenished by a melting snowpack this spring and summer. That does not bode well for the state's agriculture. Video provided by TheStreet ... watch video

Reuters - Business Video Online (Apr. 8, 2014) — Germany is reforming its renewable energy law in a bid to stop costs rising so quickly, as it makes the transition from nuclear and fossil fuels to green energy, which accounts for 25 percent of Germany's electricity. As Joanna Partridge reports it will force new investors in green power to take some risk. Video provided by Reuters ... watch video

AP (Mar. 13, 2014) — With water in short supply in California, one brewery is using new technology to recycle water. Microbes are used to treat the wastewater to generate clean water and energy needed for brewing. (March 13) Video provided by AP ... watch video

AFP (Aug. 27, 2013) — On a hotel rooftop in Bangkok, dozens of barrels of green liquid bubble under the sun -- the latest innovation in urban farming. It may not look like it, but this green goo is an algae called spirulina -- a rich source of protein, antioxidants and nutrients. ... watch video

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 21, 2013) — As a result of the economic crisis, many municipalities in Spain have sold their public water utilities to private companies. Now some local communities are finding out that the water supply networks are no longer being maintained properly and that water quality is on the decline. By the end of the year, about 60 percent of water utility management will be partly or entirely in private hands, making Spain the frontrunner in water privatization within Europe. Some experts are already calling it a "water bubble, and communities that are still trying to sell their water utilities are no longer able to obtain top prices. Now some communities are trying to regain public control over their water supply. ... watch video

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 19, 2013) — Can ecologically sound forestry be carried out in the tropics? Scientists from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) say it can. They have developed criteria for the sustainable cultivation and trade in tropical timber. The FSC seal of certification is a visible sign of compliance with their principles. Companies that do business according to the standards of sustainable forestry can mark their products with it. Customers in Germany, for instance, can check to see what kind of wood they are buying, and trace its origin. But the seal has sparked debate. Various environmental protection organizations are strictly for or against it, with comments ranging from "exemplary to "completely misguided. Tomorrow Today explains how the FSC's monitoring system works, and whether its seal can really be trusted. ... watch video

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 19, 2013) — "Forest certification could be a very strong tool in the avoidance of illegal logging." says Ulrich Bick, an expert on sustainable forest management at the Hamburg Institute for World Forestry. ... watch video

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 5, 2013) — Inle Lake is the second-largest freshwater lake in Myanmar and home to the Inthe people. But the lake's ecosystem is now under threat through overfishing, deforestation, pollution and silting. Climate change is also having an impact. In 2010, extremely low water levels in the lake cut off access to the Hpaung Daw U Pagoda. That served as a wake-up call for local residents. The United Nations now supports a program promoting sustainable fishing, organic farming and raising awareness of conservation issues. Part of the initiative has been the introduction of a no-fish zone in the lake. ... watch video

FORA.tv (July 23, 2013) — Dwell on Design - LA Convention Center Join ASID executive vice president and chief executive officer Randy Fiser as he talks all things ASID. This session will cover everything you want to know about getting involved with ASID and leveraging it to your professional benefit. You will learn about the many resources available to you whether you are a new member, longstanding member or considering membership. In addition, you will find out how ASID benefits the designer and the client, how you can realize the full potential of membership, and where ASID is helping shape the future of design. We'll answer your questions on where to start in getting to know about - and becoming involved in-ASID. Widely recognized as the voice of the design industry, ASID and its success depends on your participation and input. Members and non-members should attend this session. ... watch video

Reuters (July 19, 2013) — The British government is hoping to create the world's most generous shale tax regime, slashing the tax on income on shale production from 62 percent to 30 percent. It's hoped the incentive will help lower energy bills by reducing the country's reliance on natural gas imports. As Kirsty Basset reports, the government is also insisting on benefits for affected communities to placate environmental concerns about fracking. ... watch video

Deutsche Welle (June 24, 2013) — Egypt is casting worried looks towards the south. Ethiopia is currently building the biggest dam in Africa on the Blue Nile River, close to the border with Sudan. The plan is to use the river's vast masses of water to create energy.That could cause water shortages further up the river in Egypt, but Ethiopia says it needs to use its resources to help economic growth and attract foreign investors. ... watch video

CBC (June 10, 2013) — The Mackenzie River Basin is at risk from a warming climate and pressures from resource development, according to new research released by a panel of scientists at the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy. ... watch video

AFP (May 10, 2013) — For decades, the Gulf has relied on carbon-emitting fossil fuels to build its cities in the desert. But there are signs the trend is changing as the region's nations are looking to sustainable development and clean energy as a key to ensuring future growth. Host of the newly-formed IRENA renewable energy organization, the UAE sees itself as a leader in developing alternative energy sources. ... watch video

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 10, 2013) — Can ecologically sound forestry be carried out in the tropics? Scientists from the Forest Stewardship Council say it can. They have developed criteria for the sustainable cultivation and trade in tropical timber. The FSC seal of certification is a visible sign of compliance with their principles. Companies that do business according to the standards of sustainable forestry can mark their products with it. Customers in Germany, for instance, can check to see what kind of wood they are buying, and trace its origin. But the seal has sparked debate. Various environmental protection organizations are strictly for or against it, with comments ranging from "exemplary" to "completely misguided." Tomorrow Today explains how the FSC's monitoring system works, and whether its seal can really be trusted. ... watch video

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