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Natural Disaster


Natural Disaster



EXTREME WEATHER: THE SOMERSET FLOODS

In the winter of 2013/2014 the UK was hit by a succession of 13 low pressure systems causing extreme flooding on the Somerset Levels. This DVD looks at the human and physical causes of the floods and explores the impacts on property and lives through the first hand accounts of local residents and businesses. We also assess examples of both hard and soft engineering and see how they are being used to improve resilience to future flood events on the Levels. Dredging, pumping, tidal barriers and catchment sensitive farming are all considered.

DVD / 2016 / 30 minutes

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EXTREME WEATHER: COASTAL FLOODING

Through the use of two case studies: the Dawlish Railway Collapse and the East Coast Tidal Surge, this resource looks at the impacts of the 2013/2014 winter storms. The extreme weather conditions that led to these events are examined, the impacts on people and the environment are assessed and ways to improve future resilience to coastal flooding and extreme weather hazards in the UK are explored.

DVD / 2015 / 30 minutes

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FLOODING IN THE UK: TEWKESBURY

A freak weather event or a disaster waiting to happen? Explore the physical and human causes of the Tewkesbury 2007 flood with this resource that looks in detail at runoff, infiltration rates and the factors affecting storm hydrographs. First hand accounts from residents and businesses bring home the immediate and long-term economic, social and environmental impacts of the flood. The sustainability of a variety of hard and soft management strategies, including forecasting and telemetry are then discussed with analysis from the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water.

DVD / 2013 / 37 minutes

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GEOHAZARDS: MONITORING AND PREDICTION

Learn how volcanologists in Montserrat and Iceland are predicting the location, frequency and severity of future volcanic and seismic events. Get access to the very latest equipment used for deformation, seismic and environmental monitoring, from helicopters to rapid response radar trailers used to predict the location, direction and size of ash particles in Iceland. We see the type of data that can be recorded, how it is analysed and then used to predict future geo-hazards; map exclusion zones; plan for evacuations; and model ash cloud dispersal for the aviation industry.

DVD / 2013 / 38 minutes

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HAITI EARTHQUAKE, THE: IMPACTS, RESPONSES AND VULNERABILITY

Use this resource to exemplify the effects of a geo-hazard in an LEDC. The film first sets out Haiti's historical context to explain why the impacts were so devastating. Then, using footage filmed straight after the 2010 earthquake and in the three years following, the resource explores the primary and secondary impacts of the quake. The DVD then looks at a range of short and long term responses, including projects aimed at: reducing the outbreak of cholera, improving the housing situation, strengthening livelihoods and supporting good governance.

This material is recommended by Cambridge International Examinations in the resource list for Cambridge IGCSE Geography 0460 and/or Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography 9696.


DVD / 2013 / 45 minutes

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ICELAND: LIVING WITH VOLCANOES

Focussing primarily on the 2010 eruption, this resource first asks why people choose to live in volcanic regions? The opportunities for geo-thermal power, tourism and agriculture are considered. It then explores the impacts of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption and responses to it including the role of: emergency planning; early warning systems and better volcanic ash forecasting. A fantastic case study for MEDC/LEDC geo-hazard comparison when used with the Montserrat or Haiti titles.

DVD / 2013 / 42 minutes

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MONTSERRAT: LIVING WITH VOLCANOES

A perfect case study of a volcano in an LEDC. The resource provides a clear explanation of the processes causing Montserrat's recent volcanic activity. It then assesses the social, economic and environmental impacts of the continuing eruptions. The likelihood of Montserrat becoming self-sufficient is explored with sections looking at: the potential of Montserrat's tourist industry; strategies for disaster response and preparedness; and projects to improve biodiversity.

This material is recommended by Cambridge International Examinations in the resource list for Cambridge IGCSE Geography 0460 and/or Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography 9696.


DVD / 2013 / 45 minutes

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SURVIVING THE TSUNAMI - MY ATOMIC AUNT

By Kyoko Miyake

Film director Kyoko Miyake remembered Namie, a fishing village ravaged by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, as her childhood paradise. Revisiting her family's hometown after 10 years abroad, Miayke's multilayered documentary examines the disaster's profound personal, social and environmental impact.

While Namie's younger generations have permanently relocated elsewhere, Miyake's Aunt Kuniko, like other older residents, has clung to dreams of eventually returning to her home. Over the course of a year, Miyake follows this warm, indomitable businesswoman as she recalls happy family memories and strives to adapt to life outside the contamination zone. In the process, Kuniko starts questioning her unconditional trust in Fukushima's plant operators and pro-nuclear past in a community that once hoped to house a nuclear power station.

A timely reminder of Fukushima's continuing meltdown, this insightful, often funny film offers fresh perspectives on Japanese national identity and today's most pressing global concerns around nuclear energy.


DVD (English, Japanese, With English subtitles) / 2013 / 52 minutes

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TECTONICS: PROCESSESS AND LANDFORMS

Filmed in Montserrat, Haiti, Iceland, the Alps and the UK, this DVD provides examples and explanations of the processes, features and landforms that occur at different plate margins. The resource then looks in detail at a range of volcanic processes and landforms. It contains footage of different types of lava, examples of intrusive and extrusive volcanic landforms and illustrations of the minor volcanic forms: solfatara, fumaroles, geysers and sinters.

DVD / 2013 / 40 minutes

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COASTAL PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS

Why do novice surfers prefer constructive waves? What happens when you take away a village's natural sea defences? Filmed along the dorset coastline, this resource provides up-to-date explanations and examples of the processes and landforms that shape coastal environments, bringing the subject alive through interviews with surfers, coastal surveyors and environmentalists. The programme uses a systems approach and explores the role of littoral cells and sediment movement. Illustrated landforms include: Lulworth Cove, Old Harry, Studland Bay, Sandbanks, Slapton Ley, Hallsands and Portland Bill.

DVD / 2012 / 38 minutes

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MANAGING THE DORSET COAST: CONFLICTS, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

How can you balance the needs of the 25,000 visitors who descend on Studland Bay on a busy day, meet the requirements of Europe's largest oil field and protect the environment? This DVD explores the values, attitudes and impact of the different players who use this area, before assessing the sustainability and success of the hard and soft management strategies that have been put in place.

DVD / 2012 / 41 minutes

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FLOODING IN BANGLADESH: CAUSES, IMPACTS AND MANAGEMENT

Tailor-made to fit UK specifications, this resource is filmed in Bangladesh and emphasises contemporary thinking about hazard events. The personal accounts of those living on Bangladesh's char lands help explain the physical and human causes of flooding, including the local and regional factors as well as the effect of climate change. The DVD also provides examples of a range of creative flood management strategies and NGO projects, providing case-studies of both hard and soft engineering.

This material is recommended by Cambridge International Examinations in the resource list for Cambridge IGCSE Geography 0460 and/or Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography 9696.


DVD / 2010 / 38 minutes

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TROPICAL STORMS: BANGLADESH'S CYCLONE AILA

With extraordinary footage shot during and after Bangladesh's most recent cyclone, this resource looks at the causes, impacts and management of tropical storms in an LEDC. It provides clear explanations of the physical causes of cyclones and the social, economic and environmental impacts are told through first hand accounts of those affected. It then provides examples of management strategies to reduce both the short and long term impacts of cyclones through better monitoring, prediction, disaster relief and poverty alleviation schemes.

This material is recommended by Cambridge International Examinations in the resource list for Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography 9696.


DVD / 2010 / 33 minutes

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HOLDERNESS: SUSTAINABLE COASTAL MANAGEMENT

Taking the stretch of coastline from Flamborough Head down to Spurn Point, this resource looks at the causes, effects and management of coastal erosion. It shows the different landforms created along the coast, the issues they create and the different ways in which they are managed, including hard and soft engineering. It then goes on to evaluate the impact of different management techniques and explores the concept of physical interdependence of environments. The resource talks to local residents, businesses, farmers, visitors and politicians and asks is this coastline sustainable?

This material is recommended by Cambridge International Examinations in the resource list for Cambridge IGCSE Geography 0460 and/or Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography 9696.


DVD / 2008 / 32 minutes

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FROM DUST: THE UNTOLD STORY OF LIFE AFTER THE TSUNAMI

Directed by Dhruv Dhawan

What happens in the aftermath of a natural disaster? How are billions of dollars in aid spent by local governments? How does the desire for economic development influence the rebuilding process? Filmed in Sri Lanka, From Dust examines one government's controversial response to the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in December 2004.

It is estimated that over 220,000 people lost their lives during the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Sri Lanka was the second hardest hit country. It suffered over 35,000 deaths and a staggering 1 million people lost their homes and livelihood along the coastal stretch.

In the days following the tsunami, the government of Sri Lanka, flush with international aid, began to enforce a puzzling and obscure law known as the "100 meter rule," which prohibited the rebuilding of homes within 100 meters of the coastline. Government officials claimed this would create a buffer zone against future tsunamis (though its common knowledge that the 2004 tsunami reached land nearly ten times past the buffer zone). To ensure this mandate was followed, the government undertook vigorous policing of the coastline tearing down homes that had been rebuilt, issuing false tsunami warnings, and even prohibiting U.S. army and relief agencies from working in the area.

The people who lived within this zone (mostly fishermen whose livelihood depended on the sea) were promised relocation further inland. However, to this day, many of them remain homeless. Less than a year after the tsunami hit, the government of Sri Lanka began accepting lucrative bids from international hotel and resort chains for the much-coveted coastal real estate. Similar buffer zones have been enforced in the tsunami affected regions of the Maldives, India and Indonesia where coastal communities have been pushed out in favor of commercial interests.

An incisive documentary about the role and responsibility of government in times of crisis, From Dust presents interviews with survivors, aid workers, US army personnel and government officials to offer a troubling look at the economic opportunities that can arise in the wake of a disaster.


DVD / 2006 / 56 minutes

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NATURAL DISASTER OR NATURAL PHENOMENA? EARTHQUAKES

The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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NATURAL DISASTER OR NATURAL PHENOMENA? HURRICANES

The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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NATURAL DISASTER OR NATURAL PHENOMENA? TORNADOES

The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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NATURAL DISASTER OR NATURAL PHENOMENA? TSUNAMIS

The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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NATURAL DISASTER OR NATURAL PHENOMENA? VOLCANOES

The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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AFRICAN STUDIES - AFRICAN STORIES - CARE IN AFRICA PART 1: DROUGHT IN AFRICA

Parts of Southern Africa are presently dealing with the longest drought in memory. The lives of millions are at risk. Part One looks at the ugly face of drought and documents the effects that two years without rain have had on the rural communities of Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 10 minutes

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GLOBAL WARMING: DROUGHT & DESERTIFICATION, A WORLD VIEW

By Mary-Lee Nolan

Global warming is affecting the severity of droughts in semi-arid and sub-humid regions such as Africa, Asia, and North America and causing these regions to now face a high risk of desertification. This program explains desertification as a process that changes the landscape and resource potential of semi-arid or sub-humid areas, transforming landscape so that it eventually approximates the barrenness of a true desert.

Emphasizing the near irreversibility of desertification and focusing on the kinds of land use practices that intensify this process, this film illustrates each specific stage in the desertification process. Clear and concise at every stage of its explanation, this program concludes with a discussion of the human consequences of desertification and cautions against short term technological "fixes" that lack foresight and understanding of desert ecology.


DVD (Region 1) / 2004 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 32 minutes

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LIFE 3: THE PERFECT FAMINE

Examines the causes of, and solutions to, severe famine conditions in Malawi.

The "Perfect Famine" is the kind of famine that happens when everything that can go wrong does go wrong, either because of natural disasters or because of the activities of humans.

That's what is happening in the southern African country of Malawi, where bad weather, poor governance, and profiteering have combined to create a desperate situation. It is at the epicenter of what may become a major famine in the south of the continent. Families are resorting to strategies such as abandoning villages, stealing crops, and eating next year's seed corn-yet Malawi is a green land that should be able to sustain itself. Although many have thought foreign aid would lift the world's poor out of absolute poverty, there is now a growing consensus that the policies of poor countries and ineffectual bureaucracies are major obstacles to sustainable development.

THE PERFECT FAMINE looks at the role of governance through one African example, and discusses the global issues at hand with development experts and economists.

With the support of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat); the European Commission Directorate General for Development to promote better understanding of development issues; the Directorate General for the Environment; and the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


DVD (Color) / 2002 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 27 minutes

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RISING WATERS: GLOBAL WARMING AND THE FATE OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

Shows that global warming is already hurting the Pacific Islands.

" We are like the warning system for the whole world to see." Penehuro Lefale, Samoa

For 7 million people living on thousands of islands scattered across the Pacific ocean, global warming is not something that looms in the distant future: it's a threat whose first effects may have already begun.

Through personal stories of Pacific Islanders, RISING WATERS: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands puts a human face on the international climate change debate.

The majority of scientists around the world now agree that global warming is real, and key studies show that the tropical Pacific islands will be hit first and hardest by its effects. The water temperature in the tropical Pacific has risen dramatically over the last two decades, bleaching coral and stressing marine ecosystems. Sea level rise threatens to inundate islands, and extreme weather events -- such as more frequent and intense El Ninos, severe droughts, and mega hurricanes -- could wipe out ecosystems and the way of life that has existed for thousands of years.

"Way before most of these islands go under, they're going to lose their fresh water supply." Anginette Heffernan, Fiji

In the program, islanders show the viewers the physical and cultural impacts caused by global warming. Unusual high tides have swept the low-lying atolls of Micronesia, destroying crops and polluting fresh water supplies. Ancestral graveyards are being destroyed by the impacts of rogue waves and erosion never witnessed before the last decade. An increase in the frequency and intensity of hurricanes is making it difficult for island communities and ecosystems to recover.

"It's very difficult for someone living in the United States to grasp the fact that if the sea level rises just a few feet, a whole nation will disappear." Ben Graham, Republic of the Marshall Islands.

But the islanders' stories have not convinced everyone in the rest of the world. Some scientists refute the studies, and business leaders and economists warn that forcing industries to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions will cause a global economic collapse.

While the policy makers and scientists argue about when and how much to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next twenty years, many Pacific Islanders are wondering if they will have a future. One thing is known: the longer emission reductions are delayed, the harder it will be to curb the effects of global warming, and prevent sea level rise from devastating the Pacific Islands.

What, then, should the islanders do? Whom should they believe? Where would they go if forced to leave their homes? RISING WATERS explores what it means to live under a cloud of scientific uncertainty, examining both human experience and expert scientific evidence. The problems facing the islanders serve as an urgent warning to the rest of the world.

Locations include Kiribati, the Samoas, Hawai'I, the atolls of Micronesia including the Marshall Islands, as well as laboratories and research centers in the continental United States. RISING WATERS weaves the portraits of the islanders with historical film and video materials, interviews with top scientists, and voiceover. 3D animation is used to illustrate key scientific concepts.


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2000 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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DESERTIFICATION: CAUSES, IMPACTS AND MANAGEMENT

Yahya's nomadic family has been forced off their land on the fringes of the Sahara, because of desertification. Through his story, this title considers the impacts of desertification and its causes, including: climate change, population pressure, over abstraction of water, overgrazing and salinisation. It then considers a range of responses including tree planting, the use of appropriate technology and the introduction of sustainable water and soil management strategies.

DVD / 25 minutes

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HOT DESERTS CASE STUDY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MOROCCAN SAHARA

Using Morocco's Sahara desert as a case study this title considers the challenges of hot desert environments, including extreme temperatures, lack of water and inaccessibility. It then looks at the opportunities deserts can offer if these challenges can be overcome. Fantastic case studies provided include: the world's largest solar plant, the "Hollywood of the desert" film studios where Game of Thrones is filmed, large scale irrigation schemes used for citrus cultivation, mineral extraction and luxury desert tourism.

DVD / 25 minutes

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