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BBC Fierce Earth Series (10 Titles, 28 minutes each)Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, lightening strikes; this ten-part series shows what it would be like to experience some of nature's most destructive forces. Each episode explores the anatomy of one incredible natural phenomenon. Featuring footage from the BBC and other natural history archives, the series showcases the stunning power of nature's fury with jaw dropping footage such as exploding volcanoes, car-hurtling tornadoes, and giant tsunami waves. Experiments and demonstrations show the impact of Mother Nature at her most furious. This is a visually stunning series, filmed in a range of locations, revealing the true power of the planet in an accessible and entertaining way. A BBC Production. 10-part series, 28 minutes each.
BBC The World's Worst Disasters Series (13 titles)Using a mixture of rare archive footage and dramatic 3D animated reconstructions, this series shows what happens when natural forces come into conflict with humans—with devastating results. Each episode of this fascinating series focuses on one type of natural disaster, giving examples of some of the largest or most devastating in recent years. From volcanoes, earthquakes, typhoons, and avalanches—to those that we humans may have more of a hand in, such as forest fires and landslides.
Extreme Weather: Coastal Flooding (31:48)With climate change, extreme storms are becoming ever more frequent. In December 2013, a giant storm surge hit the East Coast of England, the like of which hadn't been seen for 60 years. It caused millions of dollars worth of damage to people, homes and wildlife. This program looks at the causes and impacts and assesses how best to protect this vulnerable stretch of coastline against extreme weather hazards in the future.
HBO Burning Ojai (39:45)This short, personal documentary follows one family and the residents of Ventura County, CA through a journey of devastation, repair, and survival after one of the largest wildfires in state history destroys their beloved community. On December 4, 2017, as the Santa Ana winds whipped through Ventura County at dangerously high speeds, the Thomas Fire broke out and ravaged nearly 282,000 acres of land, making it the largest wildfire in California’s history. Told through a combination of raw footage and interviews with those impacted most, the program follows the residents who endured the fire’s devastation on their homes and businesses, along with the town’s extensive relief and repair efforts. The film is directed by Ojai resident and filmmaker Michael Milano, who also documents the fire’s impact on his own growing family. Ultimately, Burning Ojai underscores the resilience of Ventura County’s residents at a time when the threat of California fires shows no signs of slowing.
Killer Hurricanes (52:23)Killer Hurricanes examines an 18th-century, Caribbean superstorm that killed 22,000, the highest known death toll of any single weather event. To reconstruct its epic scale and investigate what made it so devastating, NOVA joins historians and storm sleuths as they reconstruct the event using eyewitness accounts, old ruins, and computer simulations.
PBS Crisis (54:26)What is it like to live in a world without access to water? Investigate global changes in giant storms and floods across America, the over-use of aquifers around the world, the “mining” of underground water for profit, New York City’s plan to use nature for water treatment, and how an appreciation for the value of water can profoundly affect our understanding of this precious resource.
PBS Decoding the Weather Machine (01:53:01)Join scientists on a quest to better understand the weather and climate machine we call Earth. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and how can we be resilient - even thrive -in the face of enormous change?
PBS Rise of the Superstorms (53:30):
Dive into the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. How can scientists better predict these storms, and what does the 2017 season tell us about the likelihood of similar storms in the future?
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