The climate of the Baltic Sea area has been investigated for the last 200 years. Apart from natural changes, human activities have had a growing influence on the Baltic Sea and its ecology. The poorer a nation is the harder it finds to adapt to climatic changes. But what changes caused by natural and human-driven […]
Was the Baltic of the distant past the same sea that we know today? What do fish eat in the Baltic Sea? How can we estimate the size of fish stocks and their location in the Baltic Sea? This, and other issues, is what interests the scientists at the Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia. SFI […]
By 2050 temperatures worldwide are expected to rise by at least 2 degrees. This will result in a drop in food production by up to 30 per cent in some regions. But global food demand will have doubled. How will we feed the world? Is the “Doomsday Vault”, built in the Norwegian permafrost, and containing […]
This film introduces the makers and visionaries of the electromobile and their most important projects. Its author Daniel Münter filmed in General Motors research laboratories, he tested electromobiles made by Toyota, BMW, Renault and he spoke to engineers, designers and company advisors in the U.S. and in Europe. The documentary gives the audiences a tool […]
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions: while government and Big Business push for a globalized economy based on high technology and increased trade, people all over the world are working from the grassroots to nurture smaller scale, more ecological, local economies.
“Discover Science” is a new science entertainment series that makes science understandable by showing it in action. In this episode, the program asks the question: How fast does sound travel? 86 people make a straight line of 1.7 km in length. Each person is given a flag and raises it when they hear the sound […]
The largest rainforest on Earth, expanding on the Equator in Amazon, is the cradle for the most abundant biota in the world that has been evolving for eons. Formed by the upheaval of the Andes Mountains, the monsoon provides the Amazon with a tremendous volume of rain, overflowing the river. Surrounding forests are submerged underwater […]
Objects recently photographed by the Hubble telescope are primitive astronomical objects created just after the birth of the Universe and are considered hints to unravel the mysteries of the beginning of the Universe. Together with the beautiful images taken by the Hubble telescope, this program tells the story of the origin of the Universe, which […]
The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 registered magnitude 9.0, the worst ever recorded in the country. It generated a tsunami of unprecedented scale, which, in some areas, reached 39 meters in height and travelled 6 kilometers inland. What caused the giant tsunami? And how did people escape its […]
“I am a free ecological farmer” is the self-confident declaration of the 57-year-old Michael Simml. At the age of six, he sat on his father‘s lap and was giving him instructions during the ploughing. In 1984 – soon after Michael Simml took charge of the farm, he transformed it into an ecological enterprise. Today, with […]
After 10 years of fighting Percy Schmeiser, the David here, forces the chemical and seed producing multinational Monsanto on its knees. Monsanto had contaminated Percy Schmeiser’s fields with flying rape seed. The film tells the story of the fearless Canadian farmer who did not knuckle under to the billion dollar company. The Schmeisers are not […]
Return of wet dune slacks in the Meyendel dunes. Before 1874, the dune areas around the city of The Hague, the Netherlands contained many rare plant species. After that, the Hague started drawing too much of the ground water away for human use and the valleys dried out. Around 1950, the Dune Water Company created […]
On their journey through Europe we see a clear contrast between migrating butterflies and those that never leave their habitat. Comparing the life of a migrating butterfly with human life is almost inevitable. “For eight years I had the privilege of learning from the fragile butterflies’ great perseverance, discovering they have a need to survive […]
The ebb and flow dance to the perpetual cadence of the sun and moon. As the tide ebbs in the intertidal zone between the ocean and land in Taiwan’s Changhua area, a great transformation takes place. With the stage set, the people of the area prepare to play their part in an epic performance – […]
Found nowhere else on earth but the last few pockets of wilderness along East Asia’s rugged coastline, the Black-Faced Spoonbill is the only spoonbill currently regarded as endangered. For the very first time, this magnificent migration has been captured on full HD. The Black-Faced Spoonbill symbolizes an angel sending a message of peace and natural […]
Submission is a film about the 100 000 chemicals we use. Now we have a lot of them in our blood. What do the chemicals do to our environment and what do they do to our health? Everyone of us has 400–500 chemicals in us. And our children are born pre-poluted. The film speaks for […]
The door to the nanoworld is ajar. Everyone is trying to get a glimpse. Why such enthusiasm? From nanomaterials to nanomachines, nanotechnologies give promise of a new universe. Surfacing, reinforcing, creating new materials, stocking energy: nanotechnologies’ stakes are scientific but also economic. Competition is already raging in Europe, Japan and the United States. Within a […]
In the second episode, we learn how nanotechnologies could really change our vision of the world. Our understanding of the phenomena at play at very heart of matter allows us to contemplate materials with new properties copied directly from nature.
For our third journey, we find out what changes nano particles can bring to our body. We discover new nanomedical treatments. Spectacular applications are already in use, notably in the field of oncology. We will also observe new molecular diagnostic tools. They allow crucial medical analyses to be done in a “lab” no bigger than […]
After the history and exploration of these fantastic horizons, we must fathom the unknown territory into which these discoveries, applications and their resulting risks lead us. Rightly and wrongly, working on the scale of the invisible crystallizes many fears. What are the real risks to individuals and the environment? How can we evaluate them? Are […]
Explore the realities behind the hopes and fears associated with stem cell research. ‘Stem Cells: A Vision of the Future’ charts the history of this fascinating research – from the discovery of stem cells in the body to the leading current clinical and scientific developments. Beautiful hand-drawn animations bring science to life on the big […]
In the Ionian Sea, in Greece, the eighty inhabitants of Eglouvi, Lefkada’s island most mountainous village, cultivate an organic crop in their fields on the Vouni Plateau, at an altitude of 1000 meters. This is the renowned Eglouvi lentil, considered the best lentil in the world.
The growth of the human system seems to have reached its limits. Economic crises, crashing bank empires and the consequences of climate change shake the globalized world. Is that necessarily bad? Should the doctrine of eternal growth not be questioned? Can a new modesty not open new perspectives? Leopold Kohr put questions like this already […]
MimoVax Illustrates – Vaccination deals with cows and vaccination. Cows? Their role in immunisation is depicted in the movie.
Shall we „help” nature so that it does not elude our control? The history of the Šumava’s forests and the results of the research as well as the different approaches to the management of the national parks in Šumava and Bavarian Forest outline the possible answers to the questions: Why do trees in Šumava dry […]
This documentary shows the damage done to an area of forests of around 900 hectares in the early 90s, near the city of Elbasan in Albania. With the support of a project financed by the World Bank and administrated by the local Forestry Association of Dumre, the regeneration of this forest became possible. Today all […]
Henry Singer’s gripping film tells the story of the extraordinary life and brutal death of filmmaker-turned-conservationist Joan Root, and of her campaign to save her beloved Lake Naivasha in Kenya. The film is both a biopic and a classic whodunit. Who killed Joan Root? The Kenyan rose, which is exported by the milions from Naivasha […]
The promotion video presents the agricultural vehicle, variability of its use on an agricultural farm and possibilities of its aggregation with other machines and tools. The vehicle ensures clean, healthy and environmentally safe agricultural production technologies which are also able to guarantee high quality food products.
The film presents three primary problems concerning the organic agricultural production: – renovation and enriching of pasture and grassland green growth to increase crop yield, – weeding oriented stubble fields cultivation measures aiming at the reduction of weed seed quantity in soil, – proper cultivation of some kinds of growing plants during vegetation season.
What can we deduce from the adaptability of animals and plants that would help us create a more sustainable world today? “Before we built the house, we did what we called a genius-of-place-report, because we figured that we are not the first ones to have lived here, that there are a lot of organisms that […]
Nearly trampled by a Namibian elephant, rescuing a fisherman attacked by an Amazonian jaguar – Andreas Kieling truly has some Wild Encounters in the two latest installments of the action/natural history series. As always Andreas guarantees high adventure and superb wildlife cinematography, while sharing his deep knowledge of animal behaviour and fieldcraft – and his […]
Andreas Kieling tracks and films some of the rarest and most inaccessible species in the world – sometimes capturing them on camera for the very first time. We travel with Andreas to the wildest spots on four continents – with fabulous nature cinematography; and lessons in fieldcraft, animal behaviour and natural history filmmaking too.
If we want to avoid the climate catastrophe that awaits us, then we need to urgently cut planetary CO2 emissions by half. This is the absolute minimum. Unfortunately the experts are predicting that global energy consumption will double between now and the year 2050. And so we need to square the circle… Reasonable energy consumption […]
Meet the founder of the Environmental Humanities, a study field at the Masaryk University in Brno. Hana Librová is a sociologist who understands nature and at the same times a biologist examining human society. This documentary shows the life style of the professor, who always lives in accordance with her own words and with nature.
In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world. Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind […]
Evolution through a scientist’s approach, an approach where evidence is examined and predictions made, hypotheses are proposed and tested. Along the way, many will applaud and many will object. But both reactions are inappropriate. Science as a discipline does not cheer for a given outcome of its experiments and investigations. But we will touch on […]
“Mechanisms of Evolution” is a short, easily understood tale of how evolution really works. As we explore the mechanisms, we need to ask and answer just two questions: how does variety arise in the genomes of individuals in a group? And how does that variety give rise to new species?
Mother of all mankind; the common ancestor from whom we all descend. She lived a hundred and fifty thousand years ago in East Africa, and everyone on Earth is related to her. Take a trip down the “Highway of Life” and discover the history of ALL living things!
Is CO2 a friend or an enemy? Can you produce CO2 at home in your kitchen? Do you know which gases are the cause of the greenhouse effect? Which shall explode more violently when set afire – a ball filled with hydrogen, or one filled with oxygen? Do you think that the amount of carbon […]
The New Biology features the wave of cutting-edge technologies that now provide the opportunity to create predictive models of living systems, and gain wisdom about the fundamental nature of life itself. The potential impact for humanity is immense: from fighting complex diseases such as cancer, and enabling proactive surveillance of virulent pathogens, to increasing food […]
In her documentary Daniela Gébová examines the presence of poisons in our bodies and our life. She points to the fact that our modern civilisation brings not only greater comfort, longevity, new inventions and technologies to make life easier and more pleasant, but that people’s existence is at the same time threatened with the hidden […]
This film takes the viewers to a number of places in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, where the “Bomosa” project financed by the EU is taking place. Its goal is to help individual village communities found ponds and fish in them. We not only learn how the project is accepted in individual villages and what are […]
It’s seems obvious that it is impossible to breed a goat that has spider silk protein in its milk. There’s no way that such mutation could occur under any natural circumstances. Randy Lewis, a professor at the University of Wyoming has proven otherwise; he designed goats whose milk can be used in spinning spider silk.
This documentary discovers the phenomenon of localisation as a reaction to some pathologic principles of the current globalising market. On the examples from the UK it shows how short, closed cycles of matter, energy, goods, services and money decrease the impact on the environment, limit transportation and waste, use local sources and increase employment.
Deforestation, property development, pollution, money, and a lot of food – all this is going to change… The economic crisis is coming!
The film brings the stories of two families that have won in the last two years of the competition Farm of the Year. For ten years already, the competition has been organized by the Association for Private Agriculture in the Czech Republic. It aims to show the general public that a Czech landowners cultivating their […]
A short film made by the Innovation Network, an inniative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. The film shows how to intergrate wind mills in the landscape. A lot of people think that wind mills violate the landscape. By planting high trees around them, they become less visible.
In the early 90s the agro-chemicals conglomerate Monsanto introduces genetically modified plants onto the market, which is the equivalent of an agricultural revolution for some that will solve all the world’s food problems. Others view these plants as an irrevocable destruction of bio-diversity on this planet that needs to be fiercely combated. Arpad Pusztai and […]
The first selective asparagus machine in the world. This machine can detect if the asparagus is ready to be harvested, the machine can selectivly harvest them one by one. The technology in this new machine is combined.
In 2004 the Asian Tsunami ravaged the Islands in the Bay Of Bengal and all infrastructure was destroyed. Eco Architect Michael Reynolds and his team of builders lend a helping hand to those who need it most, and demonstrate how to build a house from recycled materials, that heats and cools itself and collects its […]
Strange travels: people who discover places for large enterprises in remote regions of the world. Their goal: to track down what is still unknown on the western hemisphere. The Dial D for Discovery documentary series has accompanied expeditions that have set out to look for itineraries, precious metals, the mysterious ways of the humid air […]
For tens of thousands of years wild horses roamed over the grasslands of Europe and Asia. Their endurance and agility made them the perfect partner for man during his conquest of the world. The loss of importance of the domesticated horses for the cavalries of the world coincided with the disappearance of the last horses […]
The Reunion documentary attempts to capture the various relationships between people and horses and wonders whether we, the modern people, aren’t ever more distant from the animals, despite all the talk of ecological thinking. Do we have enough time and patience to really encounter horses? How do we perceive animals? The history of the coexistence […]
Šumava, or Silva Gabreta as the Romans called it, is the home to the largest fragments of natural mountain forests in the Czech Republic. The documentary shows how natural processes work in spontaneous restoration of forests. Man has restricted European nature to reserves. So a little bit of humility in the face of the unbelievable […]
Two young people will take us on a trip to Jeseníky, to Moravian Wallachia, to Vysočina as well as to Haná, where farmers live for whom a sensitive and considerate relationship to the landscape comes as something automatic. It is they who provide proof to the students of the fact that the problem of landscape […]
We cannot perceive them with the naked eye, we only know their effects and this is what makes viruses and bacteria such unpredictable enemies of man. Over and over has mankind thought that it can become their master with antibiotics or inoculation, yet again and again scientists had to admit that the way is still […]
Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump. Most of it before it ever reaches consumers. For instance every other head of lettuce or potato. A documentary about global food waste and what we can do about it.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand was appointed by the United Nations to produce the official film for the International Year of Forests. Following the success of Home which was seen by 400 million people, the photographer began producing a short 7-minute film on forests made up of aerial images from Home and the Vu du Ciel television programmes.
For decades Microcredit has been hailed as the best solution to eradicate poverty. However, interest rates from 30 to 200 % make it impossible for most poor loan takers in Mexico, India and Bangladesh to pay back their loans.
Imagine: Greenland is not covered with ice anymore. Instead, large fields with grasslands and forests spread around the polar circle. Nowadays, you can watch the effects of global warming. Glaciers melt, green grasslands spread out and the Inuit plant salad, tomatoes and strawberries in secure bays. However, more promising are the giant resources underneath the […]