The Habitable Planet
Scientists from the Smithsonian Center for Tropical Research document the astounding abundance of diversity in tropical rainforests to discover why so many species coexist that are competing for the same resources. In North America, the Yellowstone Wolf Reintroduction project explores why removing just one species dramatically changed the distribution of plants and animals up and down the food web. [28 minutes]
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- Science & Technology
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- 13 episodes
- Average Episode Length
- 28 minutes
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Series Description: This series begins with an overview of the Earth's systems — geophysical, atmospheric, oceanic, and ecosystems — as they exist independently of human influence and explores the effect that human activities have on the different natural systems. Topics include human population growth and resource use, increasing competition for fresh water, and climate change.
All Upcoming Episodes
There are no broadcasts currently planned. Please check back for future broadcast dates.
These episodes of The Habitable Planet aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
- Looking Forward: Our Global Experiment (#113)
- Earth's Changing Climate (#112)
- Atmospheric Pollution (#111)
- Energy Challenges (#110)
- Biodiversity Decline (#109)
- Water Resources (#108)
- Agriculture (#107)
- Risk, Exposure, and Health (#106)
- Human Population Dynamics (#105)
- Ecosystems (#104)
- Oceans (#103)
- Atmosphere (#102)
- Many Planets, One Earth (#101)