From escaped cannibal convicts and bushrangers of early settlement through to modern day tuna cowboys, Australians have long chosen to venture out and take the road less travelled.
David Attenborough looks at the unique and constantly changing landscape of East Africa. To survive here, creatures must be able to deal with unpredictable twists and turns wet turning to dry, famine to feast, cold to hot no matter how hostile and unpredictable it becomes. From dense forests, to snow capped peaks, steamy swamps to endless savannah, this unique and varied land is also a haven for life it supports a higher density of large mammals than anywhere else on Earth. But away from the forever-travelling herds, there are a huge cast of other characters lizards that steal flies from the faces of lions, vast dinosaur-like birds who stalk catfish through huge wetlands, and elephants who battle for three days for the right to father the next generation. East Africa can be a cruel and unforgiving place, when the stakes are high you must be prepared to take risks and if necessary to gamble with your life.
The talent spend their first morning on the cotton fields of Bangladesh. They dress as the locals do and spend the morning picking cotton for Bangladesh's garment industry. How much does the worker, Yasmin, earn a day? How does this compare to wages in Australia? How does it compare to the cost of a t-shirt in Australia? What are the conditions like for these workers?
With a population of over one billion, serious air pollution and health problems arise from cooking smoke produced in traditional ways in India. A new 'simple stove' is reducing emissions and giving villagers carbon credits for making the switch to a cleaner way of burning fuel.
We hear from climate scientists about their astounding discovery of the 'atmospheric brown cloud' in the late 1990s. The scientists used high tech equipment including former military drones to prove the existence of this potentially catastrophic phenomenon which is warming the atmosphere while cooling the ocean.
What are the warning signs of a tsunami and what causes them? Join the Fierce Earth team as they investigate the giant waves and then test your knowledge of the frightening natural phenomena.
The powerful natural forces that shaped the globe's mountains, oceans and deserts also represent major risks to human life. Fierce Earth reveals how plate tectonics and weather systems make some parts of the world dangerous places to live, what it's like when disaster strikes, and what people do to survive living in those environments in spite of the hazards. <br /><br /> Discover what life is like living in an earthquake zone on a visit to Tokyo and a quake simulator. See how deserts are formed and how people survive in a harsh environment where sandstorms are just a part of life. Visit America's thunder and lightning capital, Florida, with a storm chaser. And meet Tilly Smith, a young hero of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami who spotted the signs of the disaster approaching from the Indian Ocean.
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