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Dirty War, 2005: US military in Philippines

This clip shows the US Clark Air Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines. Military aircraft take off and land as a narrator explains that, over a 45-year period, repair, maintenance and refuelling operations have led to millions of litres of aviation fuel and other toxic chemicals being flushed down drains, causing environmental ...

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John Lewis tells of salvaging the Bridgewater, 2006

This is an edited audio recording of former tugboat captain John Lewis describing the operation to salvage the stern of an oil tanker, the Bridgewater, which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. Lewis says that when his tug eventually got the stern close to Fremantle there ...

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'Clean up Australia' 10th birthday promotional poster, 1999

This is a poster both celebrating the 10th birthday of 'Clean Up Australia' and asking for the community's continuing support on Sunday 7 March 1999. 'All we really want is your presence' is the main message. Under the text is a stylised representation of Australia, surrounded by a fan of golden yellow lines representing ...

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Air compressor, c1926

This is an electrically powered horizontal air compressor at the Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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'Turning blue: wise ways with water around your home', City of Melbourne, 2004

This is the cover of a 2004 booklet called 'Turning blue: wise ways with water around your home', which was produced by the City of Melbourne as part of their 'Total watermark' strategy. The cover features a flourishing wetland scene complete with five waterbirds and plenty of vegetation. This item is part of the Water ...

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Environmental forensics at sea

The main screen shows a marine environment and research boat against a background of coastal hills and a fiord. There are two entry points for investigation: Phytoplankton clues and Sediment cores, containing five interviews with a scientist explaining how science investigations can be used as a forensic tool to investigate ...

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Toxic sediments

Learn how high levels of toxic sediments in Sydney Harbour have destroyed as much as 40 per cent of its invertebrates. Find out the main source of toxins. Learn how toxins become trapped in the sediment and distributed across the Harbour. Observe the devastating effects of toxic sediments on the food chain in 2010, when ...

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Funding conservation charities

Imagine that, while working for a company responsible for pollution, you were a member of a commission to control pollution. This clip looks at such conflicts of interest between big business and conservation. The reporter explores the issue of whether an anti-pollution commission can be truly independent if people holding ...

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Portraying the Exxon Valdez oil spill, 19 years on

Ever heard the phrase 'there are two sides to every story'? While some texts might seem to present both sides of the story, close analysis can often reveal otherwise. This clip from Foreign Correspondent explores some arguments about the after-effects of one of the world's worst oil-spills. The spill occurred in 1989 when ...

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Wind farming: benefits and drawbacks

Discover why some people are opposed to wind farms even though they generate electricity without burning any fossil fuels. Travel to Australia's biggest wind farm to find out how wind turbines work, some of their benefits and drawbacks, and what locals think of them. Consider all views and make up your own mind about whether ...

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Books that changed the world: 'Silent Spring'

Have you ever thought that a book could be so powerful that it could change the world? Discover how the biologist Rachel Carson's book 'Silent Spring' led to the banning of toxic agricultural chemicals and launched the modern environment movement.

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The environmental price of China's growth

The world has marvelled at China's recent economic growth. Growth has, however, come at a price. China is the one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases due to its heavy dependence on coal-fired power. As you will see in this clip, there are some people in China who deny that the nation has a pollution problem, ...

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Exporting uranium and threats to the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is facing many threats, and a new uranium mine in Queensland might add to the pressure. This clip from early in 2013 looks at what uranium exports from a proposed uranium port in Townsville could mean for the Reef. It presents views about the management of pressures placed on this World Heritage Site ...

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Oil shale production heightens community fears

Australia's first commercial oil shale plant has begun production in Queensland after the lifting of a 20-year ban on oil shale mining. This clip investigates the claims of some local residents who say that their quality of life was impacted by emissions from an earlier oil shale trial plant, as well as the views of those ...

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Yucatán Peninsula: Mesoamerican Reef threatened

The Mesoamerican Reef, just off the shore of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, is under major threat. Listen to oceanographer Roberto Iglesias-Prieto explain how untreated wastewater affects the underground river system and the reef.

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Yucatán Peninsula: sustainable tourism

The Yucatán Peninsula in south-eastern Mexico is a popular tourist destination. This clip focuses on examples of sustainable tourism - tourism that aims to have a low environmental impact. View Tulum, a town under threat of being developed similarly to Cancún, a major tourist resort destination.

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Reducing landfill waste

Australians produce large volumes of waste and much of it goes to landfill, the oldest form of waste management. South Australia introduced a waste levy in an effort to manage landfill waste. Watch this clip to find out the effect of this levy on waste disposal and on a local landfill site.

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Downstream effects of the textile industry

Regulations are put in place to control the way industries deal with waste. However, in developing countries this is not always the case. Take a look at Dhaka, Bangladesh and see how a lack of infrastructure and environmental monitoring has left its rivers biologically dead and its population facing serious health concerns.

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The cost of Dhaka's booming textile industry

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, low-cost labour has created a booming textile industry employing millions of people. But there is a downside. Find out why environmental protection is virtually non-existent and the consequences of this lack of protection.

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Reducing motoring emissions

Many businesses need to transport goods or people on a daily basis. Vehicles cause pollution and too many vehicles can result in road congestion. This audio clip describes environmentally friendly modes of transport. Explore the options with Catapult reporter Dominic Jarvis, then decide which might be best for different ...