Eden Reborn

They called this the Garden of Eden. That powerful myth arose here in the marshes of Southern Iraq where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers meet. Once the largest wetland in Southwest Asia, Saddam Hussein destroyed the marshes in the early 1990s. It was an act compounded by Iraq’s neighbours damming the rivers that feed the […]

Pocket Wilderness

The Royal Forest of Dean, on the border of England and Wales, is an ancient forest providing a living for farmers, miners, charcoal makers and iron smelters. The forest, and the traditions of those living in it, has been preserved for more than a thousand years. But this small pocket of wilderness and these rights […]

Guns and Damsels

Amidst Britain’s sprawling industrial developments and urban expansion there exist secret pockets of perfectly preserved natural areas. But these unspoilt wild habitats are to be found in the most unlikely of places: in the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) military ranges. Earth Report finds out how species long vanished from most of Britain’s countryside are […]

Earth Report | Rising Tides

In Devon, in the south west of England, the Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve covers a huge area of coast and countryside. It’s one of 531 biosphere reserves around the world designated by UNESCO as living laboratories which are providing new insights into the relationship between people and nature, and how we can prepare for environmental […]

Life on the Edge 3 | Looting the Seas

This film reveals a sorry saga of illegal overfishing that has led to plummeting tuna stocks worldwide. Co-produced by tve with the Washington-based ICIJ (International Consortium for Investigative Journalists), ‘Looting the Seas’ shows how a decade of fraud involving Mediterranean fisheries, European governments and foreign dealers has helped push Atlantic bluefin stocks to the brink […]

Earth Report | Still Waters

This Earth Report explores the vital role that wetlands play in sustaining human life. The rivers, marshes and lakes of the world help us by purifying and storing fresh water. Two thirds of all fish catches depend on wetland areas – without them the world’s fisheries would collapse, causing unimaginable hardship for some of the […]

Earth Report | White Gold Part 2

From Australia to Norway, from Mauritius to Spain and across great expanses of the Southern Ocean, Earth Report has conducted a remarkable undercover investigation into the destruction of a species known as the Patagonian toothfish. Called ‘bass’ on commercial markets, its white flesh is so succulent it fetches the highest prices. In Part Two of […]

Earth Report | White Gold Part 1

Earth Report travels the globe to document the destruction of an unlikely named species: the Patagonian toothfish. Better known as ‘bass’ on the lucrative Japanese and New York fish markets, the toothfish with its white succulent flesh makes for such good eating that it fetches astronomical prices. It is so prized that pirates, who fish […]

Earth Report | Unnatural Disasters

When a sea vanishes; when a cyclone takes thousands of lives; when a moist tropical forest ignites – we blame the weather. Whether human economic activity is causing more extreme weather conditions is still a matter of scientific uncertainty. What is in no doubt is that bad decisions have amplified human suffering and the economic […]

Earth Report | A Steppe Ahead

From the Mongolian steppes the horsemen of Genghis Khan rode out to carve a great empire that stretched from the grasslands of Central Europe to the Pacific. Only in Eastern Mongolia does the steppeland survive intact. Covering an area almost the size of Japan, horses and a spectacular array of wildlife far outnumber the semi-nomadic […]