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Videos on Pollution

This list of serious and funny videos about pollution includes videos on water pollution, air pollution, and land pollution.

See the rightmost column for additional categories of videos related to pollution.

POLLUTION VIDEOS
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CHINA CELEBRATES ITS STATUS AS WORLD’S NUMBER ONE AIR POLLUTER
Now that the Beijing Olympics are over, China can get back to polluting properly! Enjoy this great dead-pan video satire on the subject, which uses the angle that politicians will try to put a happy face on just about any bad news. Funny stuff from The Onion. Go there

 
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FLUSHIE’S SUMMER VACATION — A witty animation that rakes the muck on the troublesome level of sewage contamination in US waterways and the outrageous lack of action or even attention to the problem by the folks who run things. From American Rivers and Mark Fiore via YouTube.  Go there
 
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FUNNY OIL LEAK VIDEOS
The oil that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon disaster immensely damaged Gulf ecosystems and caused health problems for residents—a tragedy of enormous proportions. But that did not stopped some clever humorists from doing a slew of funny oil leak videos.  Watch funny videos related to the gulf oil disaster.
 
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AMERICA’S WATER POLICY IS A BELLY FLOP
A couple of informative and funny videos about water issues in the United States; from The Daily Show and Colbert Nation.  Watch funny water supply video.

 
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ANIMAL COMMENT
Another good one from Flash-master Mark Fiore; this time acerbically addressing the horrors we direct towards our oceans and their inhabitants.    No longer available from host site.
 
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“CLEAN COAL” AIR FRESHENER
This short, funny bit of video satire takes on the loosey-goosey term "clean coal," which the coal industry and its political allies love to pretend is "what we're doing with coal today" rather than "a theoretically possible approach to coal that is completely unproven." In fact, not only are there are no "clean coal" plants operating in the US today, there are none even planned. Repeat after me: "There is no such thing as clean coal." Watch funny clean coal video.


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water security video link; thumb of streams flowing through countryside to a dammed area
NATURE’S WATER SECURITY SERVICES
As human population grows, so does its need for fresh water. But as we pump fossil aquifers towards exhaustion and pollute rivers, lakes, and groundwater sources to the point of toxicity, water is becoming a problem. This animated water security video makes the case.  Watch water security video(6:45)

 
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THE SKY IS PINK
Josh Fox's film Gasland brought to public attention the rampant groundwater contamination associated with natural-gas fracking. The movie also stirred up the industry, which implemented a "create confusion about the facts" campaign. In The Sky is Pink, Fox explains what's been happening.  Watch fracking video(18:34)

 
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GLOOP
This is a nice little video about the rise of plastics in our modern way of living. What started out as a product panacea in the end turns out to be a nightmarish pollution problem.  Watch plastic pollution video.

 
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TAR SANDS OIL — HEART OF ENVIRONMENTAL DARKNESS
What happens when pristine ecosystems and habitats meet environmental devastation on a scale the planet has never seen before? That experiment is fully underway in the tar sands oil production areas of Canada. See a slide-show review of the situation in this  video on tar sands environmental destruction.

 
water pollution video link; thumb of polluted water flowing through rocks
POISONED WATERS
Using the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound as case studies, Frontline explores the question of why, almost 40 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, our waters are still troubled. Watch water pollution video.
 
 
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CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 28.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Pennsylvania's Complicated Groundwater Contamination — In many locations in Pennsylvania, well water is unfit to drink, polluted with iron and manganese. But the source of the contamination is complex. Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front reports that fracking, coal mining, and natural methane formations in the ground combine to make single-source blame difficult to prove.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   7:18

GP comment:  What IS easy to say is that extracting resources from the earth causes lots of water pollution.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT — 21.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

Fracking—Economic Insolvency, Environmental Insanity — Tina Rothery discusses the government's propagandistic stance on the 'inevitability' of fracking, the environmental damage the process causes, the poor economics for almost all fracking undertakings, how the moneychangers are propelling the technology forward despite the bad economics for most participants, and how fracking companies are now using paid squatters on fracking sites to prevent anti-fracking activists from doing the same and disrupting operations.
Watch  |  Download/listen   13:23

GP comment:  This is mostly UK focused; they're having the same fracking issues we have in the US.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 14.JUN.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Quirks and Quarks

Microplastics on Ice — Researchers have discovered that Arctic sea ice is contaminated with tiny fragments of plastic that originated from run-off, dumped garbage, and fishing gear. As multi-year sea-ice disappears, this reservoir of frozen plastic is likely to be released back into the Arctic Ocean. Dr. Rachel Obbard explains why the ice naturally takes up the particles of plastic that enter the Arctic Ocean from the Atlantic and Pacific, and expresses concern that as global warming causes more ice to melt, sea life will be more and more impacted.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   10:24

GP comment:  There aren't many pollution problems worse than plastic.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.May.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 07.MAY.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

State of the Air 2014 — This year's State of the Air report from the American Lung Association shows a growing ground-level ozone problem. But the recent Supreme Court decision on interstate air pollution has clean-air advocates smiling. ~~ In a related story, Houston, Texas is home to the largest chemical hub in the Americas and is one of the smoggiest cities in the US. The city is working to clean up its air, but it still has a long way to go.
Go to page A  |  Download/listen A   6:07
Go to page B  |  Download/listen B   5:00

GP comment:  No surprise that the petrochemical industry would be a cause of air pollution in that area.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.May.2014

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