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Strange Days on Planet Earth
National Geographic's environmental documentary series, Strange Days on Planet Earth, has won the coveted Panda Award for Best Series at the 2004 Wildscreen film festival. The second film in the series, The One Degree Factor, came away with the Natural History Museum's One Planet Award for its focus on global warming. ... more

State of the Planet
Five times since life began mass extinctions have rocked the planet, but is the world heading for the greatest extinction yet? State of the Planet puts puts this question to the test in an excellent three-part series produced by the BBC and presented by David Attenborough. ... more

Aliens from Planet Earth
Invasive species are now one of the greatest threats to the biodiversity of the planet. Throughout history rats, cats, and all sorts of other non-native species have been spread by humans - often with disasterous consequences for indigenous wildlife. But the globalisation of commerce and travel has accelerated the process. ... more

Sick to Death
With the increasing demand for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), not only in China but the world over, practioners have been become the target of conservationists who accuse them of endangering rare animal and plant species. ... more

Guns and Damsels
In a densely populated country like the UK, areas of true wilderness are now few and far between. But they can be found in the least expected places: like the bombing ranges of the UK's Ministry of Defence. ... more

Mongolia: A Steppe Ahead
From the Mongolian steppes the horsemen of Genghis Khan rode out to carve out a great empire that stretched from the grasslands of Central Europe to the Pacific. Only in Eastern Mongolia does the steppeland survive intact. Covering an area almost the size of Japan, horses and a spectacular array of wildlife far outnumber the semi-nomadic human population. ... more

Safe Havens
The countries of the European Union have signed up to Natura 2000, a plan to create a transfrontier network of protected areas. That was in 1992. As governments drag their feet, WWF is among those lobbying for the European Commission to take action. ... more

Ranked as one of the world's top 200 sites for the diversity of species which live beneath its waves, the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea is home to turtles, marine mammals, vast expanses of coral and nearly 2000 species of fish. ... more

Makaya: Sacred Forest
The great coastal forest that once stretched unbroken from Mozambique to northern Kenya has been reduced to scattered patches. The film shows that its survival in Kenya owes much to one people's spiritual bond with the forest. ... more

Banking on the Gene
Essential for food, fuel, clothing and shelter - plants are the lifeblood of the world. Yet almost everywhere, that lifeblood is being drained away - as pollution, deforestation, urbanisation and modern agriculture all take their toll. ... more

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