SOPTV celebrates Earth Day all year long with numerous resources that encourage awareness and appreciation for Mother Earth. We encourage you to learn more about environmental issues and ways you can live a healthy, green, sustainable lifestyle.
SOUTHERN OREGON TOWN HALL: Seeking Sustainability in Our Community
A series of related Town Hall programs exploring sustainability in business and at home and focusing on community sustainability issues facing county and municipal governments in southern Oregon.
- FRONTLINE: Alaska Gold
Tuesday, July 24, 10 p.m. -- Probe the battle between those who depend on the Bristol Bay for salmon and those who want to dig an open-pit mine at its headwaters.
- INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Camel
Wednesday, June 27 at 10 p.m. -- Brave the baking desert with Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg as they dissect a camel.
- UNDAMMING THE ELWHA
Friday, June 22 at 8:30 p.m. -- Follows the journey of the Elwha River from the day it was dammed to the day it was set free once again.
- INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Giant Squid
Wednesday, June 20 at 10 p.m. -- Examine one of the biggest yet most mysterious animals on Earth, the giant squid.
- NATURE: My Life as a Turkey
Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. -- Experience the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto as he raises a family of turkey chicks.
- NOVA: Venom: Nature's Killer
Wednesday, May 30 at 9 p.m. -- Find out how nature’s deadliest cocktails could be medicine’s brightest new hope.
- NATURE: The White Lions
Wednesday, May 9 at 8 p.m. -- Follow two rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood on the South African savanna.
- NATURE: Born Wild: The First Days of Life
Wednesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. -- Follows the birth and first days of several species, from marmoset to moose to elephant and gorilla.
- NOVA: Secrets of the Sun
Wednesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. -- Gain a greater understanding of our nearest star--one that might help keep our planet from going dark.
- NATURE: River of No Return
Wednesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. -- Watch as a romantic adventure becomes something much greater in the Frank Church--River of No Return Wilderness.
- NOVA: Deadliest Tornadoes
Wednesday, April 11 at 9 p.m. -- In the wake of April 2011’s tornado outbreak, learn how we can protect ourselves and our communities in the future.
- NATURE: Ocean Giants
Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. -- Gain new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in this visually powerful, engaging, and entertaining three-part series.
- NATURE: Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom
Wednesday, February 1 at 8 p.m. -- Enter the secretive world of the wolverine to find out who this dynamic little devil truly is.
- INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Great White Shark
Wednesday, January 25 at 10 p.m. -- Travel with the experts to South Africa to dissect a great white shark.
- NATURE: Fortress of the Bears
Wednesday, January 25 at 8 p.m. -- Find out what the future may hold for Alaska’s brown bears.
- NATURE: Kangaroo Mob
Wednesday, January 11 at 8 p.m. -- Meet the mob of street-smart kangaroos moving into Australia’s capital city and the ecologists who follow their every move.
- NATURE: Christmas in Yellowstone
Sunday, December 25 at 8 p.m. -- Revel in a Christmas like no other...from the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.
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- NATURE: American Eagle
Wednesday, November 23 at 8 p.m. -- Revel in the resurgence of the bald eagle, the American emblem that's come roaring back from the brink of extinction.
- NATURE: Radioactive Wolves
Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. -- Enter into the lives of the wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" around Chernobyl.
- EARTH: The Operators' Manual
Wednesday, August 24 at 10 p.m. -- Richard Alley's uniquely optimistic and objective assessment of our climate predicament.
- EDEN AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Wednesday, August 24 at 8 p.m. -- Animals that call Tierra del Fuego home are facing increasing pressure from humans.
- NATURE: Kilauea: Mountain of Fire
Sunday, August 21 at 8 p.m. -- The cataclysmic meeting of 2,000-degree lava and 75-degree ocean water.
- MASTERS OF THE ARCTIC ICE
Wednesday, August 17 at 8 p.m. -- How global warming is rocking the Arctic world...before there's nothing left but water.
- P.O.V.: Food, Inc.
Tuesday, August 9 at 9 p.m. -- Surprising, and often shocking, truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation, and where we are going from here.
- NATURE: Life in Death Valley
Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. -- It's one of the most brutal environments on earth -- so how does life carry on here?
- NATURE: In the Valley of Wolves
Sunday, July 17 at 8 p.m. -- The dramatic saga of Yellowstone's Druid wolf pack and the fate of the wolves' Lamar Valley ecosystem.
- MARBLE HALLS OF OREGON: Exploring the Oregon Caves National Monument & GREAT LODGE OF THE MARBLE HALLS OF OREGON: The Chateau of the Oregon Caves
Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. -- The people, landscape, and architecture of the Oregon Caves National Monument and its historic Great Lodge.
- NATURE: Bears of the Last Frontier
Starts Sunday, May 8 at 8 p.m. -- Join adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan on a year-long motorcycle odyssey deep into Alaska's bear country.
- NATURE: Salmon: Running the Gauntlet
Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. -- A wildly creative, hopelessly complex and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon.
- NATURE: Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions
Sunday, April 24 at 8 p.m. -- Who will rise to challenge the mighty Cloud? Will nature or nurture produce the next great stallion of the Arrowheads?
- NATURE: Survivors of the Firestorm
Sunday, April 17 at 8 p.m. -- Burned and traumatized survivors bounce back after bushfires tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009.
- NATURE: Parrots in the Land of Oz
Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. -- NATURE tracks down the cockiest characters in the land down under.
- NATURE: Outback Pelicans
Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. -- Why would pelicans (a waterbird) flock to the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet?
- NATURE: Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey
Sunday, February 20 at 8 p.m. -- Tracks the trek of Broken Tail, a 2-year-old tiger that disappeared from Ranthambore National Park, a tiger reserve in India, and was killed by a train 200 miles away.
- NATURE: The Himalayas
Sunday, February 13 at 8 p.m. -- Explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of the Himalayas.
- A WILD AMERICAN FOREST
Sunday, February 6 at 8 p.m. -- Susan Sarandon narrates how a rugged pocket of America's Pacific Northwest has endured.
- NATURE: Birds of the Gods
Sunday, January 23 at 8 p.m. -- David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers.
- NATURE: Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story
Sunday, January 9 at 8 p.m. -- The dramatic story of the Adamsons' rescue of three lion cubs and their attachment to Elsa.
- NATURE: Revealing the Leopard
Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m. -- A psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat.
- NATURE: A Murder of Crows
Sunday, October 24 at 8 p.m. -- New research has shown that crows are among the most intelligent animals in the world.
- NATURE: Echo: An Elephant to Remember
Sunday, October 17 at 8 p.m. -- This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews.
- NATURE: Cuba: The Accidental Eden
Sunday, September 26 at 8 p.m. -- Looks at some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere.
- NATURE: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Sunday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. -- Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes.
- NATURE: Violent Hawaii
Sunday, August 15 at 8 p.m. -- Volcanic eruptions, rivers of molten lava, monster waves, humpback whales, and ... SNOW?!?
- NATURE: Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Sunday, July 25 at 8 p.m. -- Explores Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the most significant and spectacular aquariums in the world.
- NATURE: Andes: The Dragon's Back
Sunday, July 18 at 8 p.m. -- The Andes mountains continue to grow and evolve and are home to a rich tapestry of environments.
- INDEPENDENT LENS: DIRT! The Movie
Tuesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. -- Delves into the fascinating history of this lowly substance and shows how its mistreatment can result in natural disasters.
- NOVA: The Big Energy Gamble
Tuesday, April 20 at 8 p.m. -- NOVA investigates California's approach to energy and how this will affect the state.
- AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Earth Days
Monday, April 19 at 9 p.m. -- Acclaimed director, Robert Stone, traces the origins of the modern environmental movement.
- NATURE: Frogs: The Thin Green Line
unday, April 18 at 8 p.m. -- Frogs are facing the greatest extinction since the dinosaurs.
- NATURE: Moment of Impact
Sunday, April 4 at 8 p.m. -- NATURE takes the viewer inside the animal to present an innovative and revolutionary look at the bio-engineering of "how animals work."
- NATURE: Invasion of the Giant Pythons
Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. -- Predatory pythons slithered into the protected Florida wilderness and thrived.
- NATURE: Wild Balkans
Sunday, January 31 at 8 p.m. -- A dazzling world of lush forests, vast wetlands, deep chasms, and unique wildlife.
- THE NATIONAL PARKS: America's Best Idea
Starts Sunday, September 27 at 8 p.m. -- Ken Burns' 12-hour, six-part documentary series on the national parks.
- NATURE: Murder in the Troop
Sunday, August 9 at 8 p.m. -- Life becomes dangerous for twin baboons in Zambia when their father is defeated as alpha male of the troop.
- NATURE: Clever Monkeys
Sunday, November 9 at 8 p.m. -- Love, language, guilt, envy, generosity, secrets, lies, and sophisticated society are not unique to humans.
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Al Gore: A Plan to Solve the Global Climate Crisis
November 7, 2009
Former US Vice President and climate change activist Al Gore discusses his new book Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Global Climate Crisis.
Why We Can’t Leave the Planet to the Environmentalists
May 6, 2009
Environmental provocateur Micheal Shellenberger asks whether American climate change policy is moving in the right direction. The cap-and-trade model for regulatory legislation is based on economic assumptions that have shattered in the current economic crisis.
John Ochsendorf: Redesigning Communities and Carbon Neutrality
April 28, 2009
MacArthur Award-winning structural engineer John Ochsendorf talks about how his interests in environmental science, history, archeology, and engineering led him to his work with historic structures, and then to his work redesigning communities to make them carbon neutral.
Connecting Corals and Climate Change
May 12, 2009
Kim Cobb, Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, describes what corals can tell us about climate change. Cobb spent two years at the California Institute of Technology in the department of geological and planetary sciences, after earning her doctorate in oceanography in 2002.
Is Global Warming Impacting North Atlantic Right Whales?
May 22, 2007
Bob Kenney argues that global warming will ultimately affect the food supply of the already endangered North Atlantic right whale.
London Climate Diet: Guide to Tackling Global Warming
January 17, 2007
Allan Jones, CEO of the London Climate Change Agency, discusses The London Climate Diet: A How-To Guide to Tackling Global Warming that features proven strategies that cut greenhouse gas emissions, while also saving money.
With Speed and Violence: Tipping Points and Climate Change
May 2, 2007
British science journalist Fred Pearce brings the concept of the “tipping point” to studies of climate change. What is the scientific evidence that points to an imminent and irreversible warming of the global climate?
Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World
December 1, 2006
Andrew Revkin details his fascinating adventure to the icy outer limits of earth with a team of scientists whose task was to determine the natural and man-made causes of dramatic climate changes in the Arctic.
New Orleans: Global Warming Disaster
October 16, 2006
This lecture chronicles the unique history of this charming southern city while exploring the engineering mistakes made when building New Orleans.
Confronting and Addressing Global Warming
September 18, 2006
Seth Kaplan discusses fostering renewable energy, working for climate protection, and reducing the environmental impact of fossil fuel power plants.
Global Climate Change: The Arctic
James J. McCarthy
November 23, 2002
James J. McCarthy, professor of biological oceanography at Harvard University, addresses the long-standing and pervasive myth that human input is local not global. He argues that damage to the earth’s polar areas might finally be proving just how wrong this type of thinking is.
Global Climate Change: The Southern Ocean
November 23, 2002
Sarah Gille, physical oceanographer at Scripps Research Institute, addresses the long-standing and pervasive myth that human input is local not global. She argues that damage to the earth’s polar areas might finally be proving just how wrong this type of thinking is.
Global Climate Change: The Ross Ice Shelf
Gregory S. Stone
November 23, 2002
Greg Stone, vice president of Global Marine Programs at New England Aquarium, discusses Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, and addresses the long-standing and pervasive myth that human input is local not global.
Global Climate Change: The Media
Usha Lee McFarling
November 23, 2002
The Southern Ocean, the body of water surrounding Antarctica, is a key region in determining global climate. Recent studies show that the Southern Ocean is undergoing an alarming warming trend that may affect climates in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
Global Climate Change: Ask the Experts
Gregory S. Stone
James J. McCarthy, professor
Usha Lee McFarling
November 23, 2002
The Southern Ocean, the body of water surrounding Antarctica, is a key region in determining global climate. Experts answer audience questions on global climate change.
Earth Day Is Earth Day
Maya & Miguel
Identify the importance of Earth Day and learn how individuals and communities can affect the environment. Create a plan for a community garden and understand the basics of how plants grow and thrive. Details »
K-2, 3-5, Science & Tech, Social Studies, Botany, Earth Science, Ecology, Life Science, Civics: Community & Citizenship
Investigate how people in the community recycle, identify major sources of litter, and research an environmental problem. Research the Kyoto Protocol and express views about its ratification. Details »
6-8, 9-12, Science & Tech, Social Studies, Ecology, Geography
Day and Night
Jay Jay the Jet Plane
Explore the size and duties of the sun, including making things grow and warming the earth. Investigate the phases and characteristics of the moon and bake moon cookies. (5 activities total) Details »
PreK, K-2, Science & Tech, Atmosphere & Space Science, Earth Science
Explore rainy-day activities, create poems, pictures, and stories about the rain and design a book to store rain predictions and observations. Details »
PreK, K-2, The Arts, Reading & Language Arts, Science & Tech, Crafts, Writing: Composition, Earth Science
Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away
Sid the Science Kid
Explore how things change when it rains by using all five senses to observe the rain and the rain clouds. Compare a rainy day to a sunny day and describe the differences between rain clouds and clouds on a sunny day. Details »
PreK, K-2, Health & Fitness, Science & Tech, Body Systems & Senses, Earth Science
Breaking It Down
Explore the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth’s landscape. Review through online games basic modes of erosion, causes and effects of erosion in the real world, and human attempts to limit it. Details »
9-12, Science & Tech, Geology & Natural Disasters
Practice using words related to weather with a weekly forecaster chart. Predict whether tomorrow will be cloudy or sunny and what the temperature will be, and then check your predictions the next day. Details »
PreK, K-2, Reading & Language Arts, Science & Tech, >Vocabulary, Earth Science
The Day the Earth Shook
Examine basic features in structural design, compare architectural features that work and those that don’t during an earthquake and explore structural engineering through three design challenges. Details »
6-8, 9-12, Science & Tech, Engineering, Geology & Natural Disasters, Motion & Forces
Build an instrument for measuring movement to learn about how scientists measure the Earth’s movement with a seismometer. Details »
3-5, 6-8, Science & Tech, Geology & Natural Disasters
Big Dipper Star Clock
Seeing in the Dark
Tell what time it is at night by using the Big Dipper. Build a star clock that uses the current month and the North Star to align the Big Dipper with the current time. Details »
3-5, 6-8, Science & Tech, Atmosphere & Space Science
You Don’t Need a Seismograph to Study Earthquakes
Examine the science of earthquakes and predicting earthquakes by simulating longitudinal and transverse waves, simulating a type of lithospheric boundary, and investigating plate tectonics. Details »
9-12, Science & Tech, Geology & Natural Disasters Motion & Forces
Lesson Four: Land Pollution
WXXI: Ecological Empowerment: Helping Kids Help the Environment
Examine the concept of environmental citizenship as it applies to land pollution by exploring the value of recycling and ways people can reduce or reuse trash. Learn that by using teamwork, a large job can become more manageable. Details »
K-2, 3-5, Science & Tech, Social Studies, Earth Science, Ecology, Civics: Community & Citizenship
Bringing Up Birdy: Challenges of Incubation
Witness bald eagles facing the challenges of a 35-day incubation period, one of the longest for birds. See the parent eagles take turns protecting their eggs from possible predators, cold and snow. Details »
K-2, 3-5, Science & Tech, Animals: Birds
WGBH: Teachers’ Domain
This video segment from Interactive NOVA: Eart” explores the history of plant biology. It takes the viewer from the earliest scientific hypotheses that plants ate dirt, to our present-day understanding of photosynthesis, the process by which plants use the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates, a storable form of chemical energy. Details »
3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Science & Tech, Botany
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