YouTube Environment Videos Directory
Biodiversity and the natural environment
Ailuk Atoll - Marshall Islands
- A presentation on the pristine environment of Ailuk, her beauty and her people. Images accompaned by music from Brother C.
Alega Bay: American Samoa marine reserve
- Marine conservation in Alega Bay, American Samoa. Alega Bay is located on a tiny isle in the south pacific called American Samoa. Tisa, local land & business owner, dedicates her life to the preservation of her world, as it should be.
Arnavon Islands, Solomon Islands
- The Arnavons are part of the Solomon Islands of the south Pacific Ocean. While relatively small islands, they host an array of distinct habitats and rare species incl. megapode birds.
Baby sea turtle hatches
- This little guy struggled for over 20 minutes to get out of his egg. Usually the hatchlings are able to get out while they are buried in the sand. This little one was on the sand when we found him. Great close up filming of a baby sea turtel hatching.
The Big Sea
- Off the coast of the Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia, second oldest declared national park after Yellowstone, USA, is the Tasman Sea, South Pacific. Here is a representation of the abundant sea life to be found in this tranquil water world that is far way from the wars of mankind.
Biodiversity in Fiji
- Extraordinary images of Fiji's marine biodiversity set to some pretty cool music.
Biodiversity in Papua New Guinea: threats to biodiversity ; what does it mean to you? ; what does it mean to papua New Guineans?
- Papua New Guinea is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, with hundreds if not thousands of new species left to be discovered and described. It still has many areas untouched by man that are examples of the richness and diversity of nature at its best. We asked residents of Papua New Guinea what they think are the major threats to the biodiversity in their country. Here are their answers..
Biodiversity in Timor-Leste
- short video feature on the biodiverstiy in Timor-Leste, with a focus on the oceans and the need to protect the oceans through looking after the environment. Tetun Language
Birds of paradise [Papua New Guinea]
- Beautiful footage from Papua New Guinea of birds of paradise.
- SPREP with key partners, is pleased to announce challengecoralreef, a regional competition for schools to develop and implement plans to protect reefs in their local community. Saint Joseph Catholic Secondary School Tenaru from Solomon Islands out-conserved 10 other school groups from around the Pacific region to become the ChallengeCoralReef champion.
Cleaner Shrimp In Papua New Guinea
- "This is a video of my Masters research project for I did for Marine Biology degree while in Papua New Guinea. There were hundreds of cleaner shrimp living on anemones, and many fish visited the shrimp to be cleaned. The shrimp remove parasites and keep the fish healthy."
Coral paradise - Majuro
- Majuro Atoll is one of the most beautiful coral paradise in the Pacific. Beautiful images set to music.
Coral triangle initiative [WWF]
- a short video about the coral triange and the coral triangle initiative
Corals at low tide - Fiji
- This video was shot outside of Lautoka, Viti Levu in the Fiji islands of the corals at low tide out of the water. Informative look at a coral reef at low tide.
- The Georgia Aquarium and The Nature Conservancy are working with the people of the Solomon Islands to help protect their coral reefs. There is no better way to convey the magic of the islands than to combine the music of the islanders with the rhythms of the fish. Beautiful images set to music.
Dugong in Vanuatu
- This sea creature is a dugong, which we filmed underwater while it fed on sea grass in a remote bay in Vanuatu. Images of dugong set to music.
Fruitbats of American Samoa
- Educational Video made by the National Parks Service (U.S.)
Glimpses of a pristine ocean [Tedtalks]
- Enric Sala shares glorious images -- and surprising insights and data -- from some of the most pristine areas of the ocean. He shows how we can restore more of our oceans to this healthy, balanced state, and the powerful ecological and economic benefits of doing so.
Humpback Ballet - Cousteau divers film close encounter
- In the warm protected waters of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, two thirds of the North Pacific humpback whale population come to compete and mate. In this short film, Cousteau divers use rebreathers to quietly film a pod of humpback whales. Beautiful images set to music.
Kingman Reef pristine coral wilderness [Kiribati]
- Kingman reef in the remote Line Islands provide a glimpse into the past, what coral reefs were like before human intervention. EDF scientist Rod Fujita narrates.
Invasive Ants: Threat to Pacific Livelihoods & Biodiversity
- Invasive ant species, including the red imported fire ant, have caused biological and economic damage ecosystems around the world. Many island ecosystems are threatened by the arrival of this invasive species of ant, but established learning networks are working to prevent their invasion by sharing management expertise and prevention techniques.
- the story of seabird islands, their importance, and the invaders that threaten them. Shot over a period of three years (with much of the footage captured by SEAPRE scientists in the field), ISLAND INVADERS describes
•The importance of seabird islands
•The impacts of predators on seabirds and their islands
•Island recolonization and restoration
•The importance of community involvement to seabird island conservation
Produced by the independent production company Scientific Outreach Media for the SEAPRE Research Coordination Network with support from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Jellyfish Creature Feature
- visit to a marine lake in Palau. This is part of an educational series for kids of all ages.
Jellyfish Lake in Palau
- Beautiful images of jellyfish lake set to music.
- The coral reefs around Walindi are extraordinarily rich. A recent coral count of Kimbe Bay revealed an incredible 413 species of hard coral. This is over half the total world species in one Bay, a truly remarkable statistic which makes Kimbe Bay the "Coral Capital of the World". Over 900 species of fish have been recorded and this number will continue to grow as more research is done.
Kuhl's Lorikeet Conservation: 'Ura: The Spirit of the Queen Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3
- In three parts, 'Ura: The Spirit of the Queen walks us through the conservation of the Kuhl's Lorikeet and recent efforts to save this species by moving it among spectacular South Pacific islands.
Leatherback Research Project
Leatherback Research Project ; Leatherbacks: Pacific upwelling and jellyfish (1/3), Leatherbacks: variable Pacific ecosystems (2/3); Leatherbacks: New Pacific questions (3/3);
- Leatherback Research Project. The absence of leatherbacks in Monterey Bay for the first time since the studies began in 2000 raises questions about the patterns of ocean processes, effects of climate change and the fate of the leatherback in the Pacific.
Leatherback Research and Conservation
1/4 - Solomon Islands Leatherback Turtles (1/4)
- The Solomon Islands leatherback turtle expedition begins at Sasakolo Beach on Santa Isabel Island. Team members explain the purpose of the research, meet local colleagues, and discuss the leatherback turtle conservation and monitoring initiative in the Solomon Islands.
2/4 - Leatherbacks: Litoghahira, Solomon Islands (2/4)
-The team prepares to attach a satellite-linked transmitter to a leatherback turtle at Litoghahira Beach on Santa Isabel Island. Several of the leatherbacks nesting on this beach are unusually large, highlighting the importance of beach monitoring data.
3/4 - Leatherback: Satellite Tracking Solomon Islands (3/4)
- The team attaches a satellite-linked transmitter and a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT tag) to a leatherback turtle at Litoghahira Beach on Santa Isabel Island. A Solomon Islands biologist expresses the benefits of collaboration with NOAA scientists.
4/4 - Leatherbacks: Solomon Islands Conservation (4/4)
-The team visits Baniata Village at Rendova Island. Beaches adjacent to this village once supported a large leatherback nesting population. Today, a community-based conservation and monitoring program is working to restore leatherbacks to these beaches.
Lessons Learned in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, by Conservation International
The 10-minute video presents conservation experiences in protected areas management, research and community engagement, patrolling, tourism, and sustainable business in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Conservation International invites you to watch the video "Lessons Learned in the Eastern Tropical Pacific" available on YouTube (in Spanish with English sub-titles):
The video presents conservation experiences in protected areas management, research and community engagement, patrolling, tourism, and sustainable business in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, which includes national waters of Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica and is one of the most productive oceans in the world.
New Caledonia; a biodiversity gem of the South Pacific
- New Caledonian biodiversity and WWF's efforts to protect it.
New Caledonia: protecting coral reefs [CRISP]
- With 20% of the ocean coral reefs already destroyed, almost all of the world's lagoons are now endangered. Coral reefs are particularly sensitive to global warming, overfishing and pollution but, in New Caledonia, they are also threatened by industrial waste from a local nickel-mining complex.
Once I counted birds [Cook Islands]
- This new film incorporates old footage taken on a biodiversity research trip to Suwarrow; a remote, un-peopled atoll in the Cook Islands, South Pacific, in 2000. Suwarrow is an important breeding place for seabirds of all types including the rare and very large Masked Booby.
Our mangroves our future pt 1 / pt 2 [Palau]
- This is the first video on mangroves in Palau and is a valuable means of conveying information to people about the value of mangrove forests and the need for sustainable use and management in the future.
Overview of the Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area [Vanuatu]
This video describes the local creation of a novel marine governance institution in Vanuatu which strengthens local initiatives, but has the ability to deal with larger-scale threats and marine resource challenges.
The Pacific in Cold Blood - The Loggerhead Turtle
- A personal account that is both interesting and informative. "Loggerhead Turtles feed mainly off jellyfish. Because of this, they are very suceptible to rubbish (ie plastic bags) that are thrown into the ocean. I saw one turtle behaving oddly and feared the worse (they usually die if they consume a bag) but infact this guy just had some fishing line wrapped round him and I was able to free him successfully."
Paradise Found: the Phoenix Islands [Kiribati]
- Watch this amazing movie about the prisitine ecology of Kiribati's Phoenix Islands. This is the story of two scientific expeditions to survey the Phoenix Islands. Excellent movie also available on DVD [25 mins.] * not YouTube.
Paradise in Palau
- Green mounds only a few metres apart rise out of the glassy, blue sea. Under the water, fluorescent fish dart through strands of orange corral. The island of Palau is a paradise on earth. It has been voted number one wonder of the underwater world. But all this beauty faces the threat of rampant tourism. Since independence in 1994, the people of Palau are seeking to rePlace US funding with revenue from an ever expanding tourist trade. Although, such economic growth will generate jobs, there is great concern for the environment. Palau's second industry, fishing, is also making an impact. As giant tunas are lifted by cranes from the fishing boats, conservationist Noah Idechong is acting to safeguard fishing stock. He has persuaded local chiefs to reinstate the "bul", an ancient law which bans fishing in major breeding grounds. In revitalising traditional customs, he has the support of Palau's vice president, Tommy Remengesau. There is hope that this young nation will mature with its environment and its cultural identity in tact. Informative.
Paradise Redefined Pt.1 ; Paradise Redefined Pt.2
- A journey to the Line Islands, a coral reef chain hidden in the Central Pacific, forces scientists to revisit the definition of a pristine environment . Informative.
Sea Turtle Tagging on Nguna and Pele [Vanuatu]
- Describes how sea turtles are caught, tagged and released by the Vanua'Tai monitors on Nguna and Pele islands in Vanuatu.
Seabirds of the Pacific islands
- Educational video made by the National Parks Service (U.S.). Focus on American Samoa and Hawaii.
Voyage of the lonely turtle / monster jellies
- Giant 20-foot-long jellies are just one of the remarkable species that share the vast Pacific Ocean with the loggerhead turtle. Excerpt from PBS documentary.
War Wrecks of the Coral Seas
- Sheltered in a quiet inlet, resting in less than 50 feet of water, the Kasi Maru, a Japanese ship destroyed in World War II, has undergone an extraordinary transformation. WAR WRECKS OF THE CORAL SEAS reveals the unique ecosystems that evolved in war debris in the South Pacific. Excerpt from PBS documentary.
Wild pacific - Fiji
- The Pacific Ocean is unimaginably vast. You could fit the whole of the world’s landmasses into it with room left over for another Africa. It stretches from the heat of the tropics to the sub-Antarctic - coral gardens thrive in its warmest waters - and icebergs float in its coldest. The distance between its islands can be huge, literally hundreds, even thousands of miles. And yet, life made it there. This July, BBC Earth brings to Blu-ray and DVD a stunning, high definition voyage of discovery through this unique and fascinating oceanscape - Wild Pacific
350 Islands for Change
- In Auckland, Pacific Islanders wade out into the sea and hang up 350 T-shirts on a giant washing line, signifying that the Pacific Islands are being hung out to dry. Each shirt has the name of a different island printed on it. The event is part of the 350 International Day of Climate Action, a global call to bring greenhouse gas pollution back down to a level that is safe for survival.
Ad Jolet: our heritage [Marshall Islands]
- Ad Jolet concerned individuals discuss how climate change is impacting their Pacific homeland: The Marshall Islands.
Climate change: our century’s challenge, our Pacific response [SPREP]
- 10 short films looking at climate change issues and impacts in the Pacific
Climate change: Pacific calling
- Maria Timon from Kiribati discusses how climate change is not only a major environmental issue, but also an issue of human rights. Maria is part of the Pacific Calling Project run by the Edmond Rice Centre, which aims to build awareness within Australian communities about what is happening to our pacific neighbours.
Climate Justice Tour 2005
- Friends of the Earth Australia invited Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria), Fui Mataese (S'amoa) and Suila Tolua (Tuvalu) to tour the country telling people how climate change and fossil fuel abuse was affecting their lives and homes.
COP15 - UNFCCC Conference of the Parties 15 - Pacific team updates
- Many videos posted by the Pacific tean present at the Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Copengahen in December 2009.
Every drop counts [Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea]
- Impacts of climate change on water resources in Carteret islands.
Global warming effects on Carteret Island - pt. 1 ; Global warming effects on Carteret Island - pt. 2
- Carteret Islands in the South Pacific are sinking. Is it due to climate change or is global warming causing sea levels to rise? - excerpts from That sinking feeling [PNG] (see link below).
Islands and climate change (1/2); Islands and climate change (2/2)
- Climate change is one of the most serious environmental problems threatening our planet today. These videos examine its impacts on the small and isolated island countries in the South Pacific of Kiribati and Fiji. In this DVD, learn about the pioneering initiative in Fiji's Coral Coast where coastal communities, environmentalists and the tourist sector industry bonded together to protect the water resources and save the fringing reef.
Islands going under
- The Carteret Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea are drowning as a result of climate change related sea level rise. Informative illustration of the effect of climate change on the Carteret Islands.
- Impacts of climate change on Kiribati. Striking images of high tides in Kiribati. Personal accounts from those affected. Informative.
Kiribati faces doom from rising sea levels
- ABC News documentary on the impact of climate change on Kiribati.
Many strong voices join forces on climate change
- Driven by the need to protect the cultures and economies of countries and regions most affected by climate change, representatives of Arctic communities and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) from the Caribbean, and Pacific have formed an alliance called Many Strong Voices to press for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Comments from Taito Nakalevum, Pacific Regional Environment Programme, after the Many Strong Voices workshop in Belize 27 - 30 may 2007.
Messages from Kiribat
- The AYCC talks with young people from Kiribati, in the central Pacific, about how climate change is affecting their islands. This short video sends a powerful message to all people to take greater action to ensure people in the Pacific don't lose their cultures, land and way of life due to climate change.
mmm...missing taro [Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea]
- Jerryanne Hugo lives in the Carterets group of islands north of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. She talks about her and her community's struggle with lack of fresh water and food caused by the impacts of rising sea levels .
Modern Day Uab
- A film combining animation and interviews about traditions and local beliefs about climate change, and actual local actions for climate change adaptation. The video shows how an ancient folktale from Palau is unfolding again in today's world of GHG emissions and changing climate.
PACIFIC ISLANDS, RISING SEA, CLIMATE CHANGE
- Tuvalu & Kiribati - Two of the smallest countries in the world, Tuvalu and Kiribati could become the first victims of global warming as these low-lying nations with ever increasing high tides are causing villagers to abandon their homes. With total land area of 26 sq km and a population of 12,000, this is one of the smallest countries in the world and its average elevation of two meters makes Tuvalu extremely vulnerable to storms and sea- level rise.
Pacific Politics and Climate Change
- First screened on Fiji's Close Up programme, the film looks at the politics behind the regional and global submissions and negotiations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Pacific Pulse - talking climate change in Samoa
In this episode of Pacific Pulse, Bernadette Nunn talks to villagers from Saoluafata on Samoas main island of Upolo about how theyre working together to tackle the global problem of climate change at a very local level.
Pacific Pulse - talking climate change in Tonga
- In this episode of Pacific Pulse, Tania Nugent is in Tonga as high school students tell climate change scientists and international media about their fears for the future as the changing climate impacts on the Pacific. Bernadette Nunn talks to people from the low lying atolls of Kiribati where rising sea levels are strengthening a commitment to culture.
- For many island nations like Kiribati and Niue in the South Pacific, climate change is already more than just a theory -- it is a pressing, menacing reality. PBS video.
Paradise lost [Niue excerpt]
- how the island nation Niue -- the smallest democracy in the world -- is relying on techniques new and old to save itself from climate change. This is a companion to the full NOW program "Paradise Lost," about global warming's effect on tiny islands in the South Pacific, an effect that is not hypothetical, but a catastrophic reality.
Paradise under threat [Carteret islands, Papua New Guinea]
- A short personal story about the impacts of sea level rising on a tiny atoll in the Pacific
Pohnpei, Micronesia - Experiences of Global Warming
- Ben Namakin from Pohnpeii, Micronesia documents impacts of climate change on his island home in the South Pacific. Ben is a WWF Climate Witness.
The President's Dilemma
- The Pacific islands of Kiribati were among the last places to be colonized by Man. But now rising sea levels mean they may be the first to be abandoned. Should Kiribatis President Anote give in to climate change? Or can he persuade his people to tough it out?
- It's the small island-nations in the Pacific Ocean that suffer most from climate change: On the Marshall Islands, on Palau and other Micronesian islands, people are faced with steadily rising sea levels. Coasts are eroding and drinking water is becoming scarce. But the world is barely aware of the problem. In this island paradise, a fight against time has begun.
The Rising Tide: Kiribati
- An excellent short documentary about the effects of global warming on Kiribati, a nation of 33 coral atolls in the central Pacific.
That sinking feeling [PNG]
- The Carterets in the Pacific will be the first islands in the world to disappear because of global warming. Sea levels are rising at a phenomenal rate and sea walls, have vanished under the tide. "The island's sinking", laments one woman. "We see it with our own eyes". It's estimated that by 2015, the Carteret Islands will disappear under the sea. Already, the beaches are littered with fallen trees, their roots eroded by the tide. Rising sea levels have made it impossible for the islanders to grow anything apart from coconuts. They are now dependent on aid from PNG. "Our houses are getting closer and closer to the sea", complains one woman. "Maybe one day, a tidal wave will sweep everyone away". The government plans to relocate people but many islanders refuse to move. As one states; "If the island is lost, I'm lost too".
Submerged islands - it has already begun
- As the climate continues to warm, entire islands are sinking below rising waters caused from melting glaciers. Indeed there are many island nations who are doomed already now, condemned if you want to disappear..
TOFIGA O PILI AAU - Part 1 , Part 2 [Community based climate change adaptation]
- Video features the initiatives of vulnerable communities to mitigate the impacts of climate change on their environment, livelihoods and infrastructure. The film was devised, planned, filmed, directed and in all other ways undertaken by a group of 12 community representatives during a workshop held in the villages of Fasito'otai and Fagamalo. amalo.
There once was an Island
- This is a trailer for the climate change documentary "There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho". Four years in the making, this film is the story of a Pacific Island community in Papua New Guinea – their unique way of life and their fight to preserve what really matters in the face of climate change, including a terrifying flood.
Tokelau: Still Afloat on the High Seas (part 1) / (part 2)
- Tokelau - one of the most remote and beautiful islands of the Pacific -- their want, their determination, is to be a living breathing example of climate change adaptation rather than become a case-study of catastrophe.
Tonga grapples with forces of man and nature
- Tonga, a remote chain of 176 lush islands spread over 500 miles of the Pacific Ocean, faces potentially devastating effects from climate change. As part of her series on small islands and climate change, Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson visited Tonga and documented the government's campaign to get the word out about the issue -- both at home and abroad.
Truth talking: voices from the waves
- Global warming will raise sea levels, wreaking havoc on the small island nations in the South Pacific. Some low-lying islands will be submerged completely while others will suffer massive amage. These impacts will change forever the Pacific islanders' natural environment, culture, livelihoods and lifestyles -- all of which are intricately linked. The impact upon Kiribati is examined. Informative.
Tuvalu - Islands on the frontline of Climate Change
- With photography by Robin Hammond of Panos Pictures, this multimedia piece looks at the island nation of Tuvalu, as the Tuvaluan people become some of the first environmental refugees, a direct result of man-made climate change.
Pollution, exploitation and mankinds adverse impact upon the environment and ecosystems
After the Gold Rush
- As world leaders debate the causes and effects of global warming, we take a look at yet another example of man's damaging behaviour on the environment. In the light of BHP's decision to exit the giant Ok Tedi gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea, this weeks Journeyman documentary asks what happens when a foreign mining company bails out of a big project in a developing country? Who wins? Who loses? Produced by ABC Australia Distributed by Journeyman Picture
Collateral Damage: Atomic Testing in the Marshall Islands
- Between 1946 and 1958, the U.S. detonated 67 nuclear devices in and around the Marshall Islands. The impact of these tests on the Marshallese people was profound - in terms of both actual radioactive exposure and the displacement of people from their home islands due to contamination and to accommodate the U.S. military. This clip is excerpted from Episode 6 of "UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?", a ground-breaking documentary series that looks at how the social, economic and physical environments in which we are born, live, and work profoundly affect our longevity and health.
Coral reef fish danger
- BBC 'Blue Planet - Deep Trouble' team explain the environmental dangers facing the world's shallow waters. With high demands for rare species of fish, coral reefs are in danger of being fished out and deserted. Brilliant natural world video.
The Dall's Porpoise (The Largest Hunt Of Cetacean Species)
- The Dall's Porpoise is a uniquely marked black and white cetacean species of marine mammal and is believed to be the fastest swimmer of all the small cetacean species of marine mammals. They are only found in the oceans of the North Pacific and travel in small groups of ten to twenty animals. Unfortunately they are victims of the largest hunt of any cetacean marine mammal pecies in the world.
Fifty ways to save the Ocean
- Oceans cover approximately 75% of the world's surface and without them the earth would die. The oceans sustain the life on this planet and are essential to our health. The health of our oceans is being compromised by accelerated human disturbances such as over fishing, pollution, global warming and other environmental factors making the health of our oceans a very serious cause for concern. "politicians respond to money" "and they respond to votes" Eco journalist David Helvarg of the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Oceanographic Institute, explains parts of his written book '50 Ways to Save the Ocean' and how we can all make small but significant actions to make sure they're preserved for our future generations to enjoy.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
An action-packed, web-based, animated show that inspires kids to take real-world steps towards a healthier planet. The pilot episode, entitled The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which launched on Earth Day 2008, follows the kids as they face a demented plot by Dr. Morton Huffelbot to create an island of plastic bags in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In the show, the kids travel to the island to observe the situation, go undercover into the plastic bag factory and then foil the plot though multiple actions: they spread their green message through their social networks, rally cities to ban plastic bags, design a new eco-friendly bag and create awareness through their original song “Bag the Bag (The Gyre Song).”
view video - http://www.greengorilla.com/?p=3
Logging in the Solomon Islands / pt2
- 101 East explores the dangers of logging in the Solomon Islands.
Managing Change: Population Pressure in American Samoa
- A movie about population pressure in American Samoa .
Nguna Pele MPA Battery Project [Vanuatu]
- This documentary highlights the Rechargeable Battery project undertaken by the MPA to remove toxic waste from our local reefs in Nguna [Vanuatu]
Oasis of the Pacific: Time is Running Out
- One of the world's most unique ecosystems is in danger of being lost forever. Oasis of the Pacific is that takes viewers on a revealing journey through the stunning yet endangered undersea world of the Hawaiian Islands. Striking imagery of this underwater realm is juxtaposed with the harsh and ugly realities caused by three major anthropogenic impacts currently overwhelming marine life: shoreline sprawl, pollution and overfishing.
Over-fishing threatens Guam tuna
- Over-fishing and climate change are being blamed for the world's diminishing fish stocks. One of the most graphic examples is the decreasing numbers of tuna. Experts met in Mexico in 2007 to discuss ways of protecting tuna stocks, as environmentalists warn that some species could be extinct in just three years. Tony Birtley reports from the western Pacific island of Guam to see how the local fishing industry is being hit hard.
Papua New Guinea: Land of the Unexpected
- Profile of the Papua New guinea environment and discussion of logging and its impact upon the environment. Informative.
Paradise for sale
- The ecological devastation on the island of Nauru as a result of decades of phosphate mining.
Edited by Lazarina Todorova. Conceived and narrated by Carl N. McDaniel, Professor of Biology at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. 3 minute excerpt.
Persistent Organic Pollutants
- This ABC Landline report provides an overview of the chemicals referred to as Persistent Organic Pollutants (aka POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that are taken from Pacific Islands. These pollutants are residuals from the 1960s that are left in decomposing containers where they are releasing extremely harmful contaminants into the environment that are measurably polluting the local ecosystems and every man, woman and child with dire consequences if they accumulate sufficiently in an individuals body tissues.
Plastic and marine debris
- The Algalita Marine Research Foundation chronicles the problem of marine debris in our ecosystem in this video entitled "Plastic Debris, Rivers to Sea". 80% of marine debris is land-based and 90% of floating marine debris is plastics.
Plastic waste pollution risk [BBC]
- Millions of tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide every year, but they can take hundreds of years to degrade.
see also (i) How plastic is endangering Midways' rare birds ; (ii) Efforts to protect the ocean's marine life
Reality of whaling pt 1 / pt 2
- Japan hunts 1000's of whales a year under a loophole in the IWC system. Japan has been accused of using aid money to bribe Pacific nations including the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Palau and the Marshall Islands in exchange for support at IWC meetings.
Save the dugongs
- Dugongs living on the coast of Japan's Okinawa island are threatened by the proposed expansion of a U.S. military base there. Beautiful images of dugong. Narration in Japanese but with English subtitles.
Saving Nemo - Vanuatu
- Since the success of the film 'Finding Nemo', demand for tropical fish has soared. But the seas of the Pacific are literally being emptied to feed this frenzy. Tropical fish are now virtually worth their weight in gold. "Everybody wants one because of this Nemo film," explains SRS Manager Larry Dacles. His company has a monopoly on tropical fishing in Vanuato, home to some of most popular tropical fish in the world. Former workers claim it got this monopoly by bribing government officials. In just three years, SRS has alienated local tourism operators, who depend on the tropical fish as an attraction, scientists, fear an ecological disaster in the making, and the traditional owners of the reefs. "They take anything and everything," complains one local. "It's out of control." Already there has been a 50% fall in tropical fish from the reefs. Now, it's not so much a case of finding Nemo as saving him.
Secrets of the deep: the great Pacific garbage patch
- ABC news focus on 'the great Pacific garbage dump that stretches from California to China. The world's largest trash dump doesn't sit on some barren field outside an urban center. It resides thousands of miles from any land — in the Pacific Ocean.
Solomon's stolen fish
- Tuna stocks in the Pacific Ocean are under serious threat from overfishing by foreign industrial fishing fleets. The Solomon Islands - as one of the countries affected - is planning to take the control over these resources in their own hands.
Synthetic Sea - Plastic in the open Ocean
- Research findings of impact of plastics on marine ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean
Vanuatu - Tropical Aquarium Fish Harvest Pt 1 , Pt 2, Pt 3
- Vanuatu is a haven for snorkelling, reef and wreck diving, and sport fishing. Since the success of the film 'Finding Nemo', demand for tropical fish has soared. But the seas of the Pacific are literally being emptied to feed this frenzy. Tropical fish are now virtually worth their weight in gold. "Everybody wants one because of this Nemo film," explains SRS Manager Larry Dacles. His company has a monopoly on tropical fishing in Vanuatu, home to some of most popular tropical fish in the world. SRS has alienated local tourism operators, who depend on the tropical fish as an attraction, and the traditional owners of the reefs, and scientists who are fearing an ecological disaster in the making. "They take anything and everything," complains one local. "It's out of control." Already there has been a 50% fall in tropical fish from the reefs. Now, it's not so much a case of finding Nemo as saving him.
Water Challenges in the Marshall Islands
- The Republic of the Marshall Islands are series of atolls in the northern Pacific. These atolls have small freshwater lenses and access to fresh water is limited. Currently on the main island of Majuro, the government is only able to supply water one day a week, the rest of the time the inhabitants have to fend for themselves. This video looks at the threats to water in RMI, government efforts to supply water and moving interviews showing the hardships faced by individuals to get clean water.
Water tomorrow: ADB Water Voices Documentary Series (1/3) ; Water Tomorrow: ADB Water Voices Documentary Series (2/3) ; Water Tomorrow: ADB Water Voices Documentary Series (3/3) - The remote island countries of Kiribati and Tonga in the Pacific rely mainly on fragile groundwater aquifers for fresh water. But groundwater sources just below the surface are highly vulnerable to pollution and salt water intrusion, as populations grow and concentrate in urban areas. Community organizers are working to change peoples' behavior to safeguard water supplies and the environment. Informative.
A collection of Greenpeace videos
Climate Change: Our Century's Challenge, Our Pacific Response
World leaders, civil society, negotiators and concerned citizens meet in Copenhagen, Denmark in December to agree a new global climate deal aimed at protecting the future of our planet. Inside COP15 will deliver live and on-demand video news coverage throughout the two week UN summit and will report the highs, lows and everything in between in the negotiations for a global climate deal.