Adam Shaw travels to Shanghai to see how Chinese brands are responding to the demand for high quality products, and exploiting their rich cultural heritage to create desirable international brands for a global market.
Adam shaw visits Spain. In 2009, Spain had to import 79% of its energy, but with an abundance of sunshine and wind, it's developing technology to store that power when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing.
Twenty years after the Brutland Report coined the term "sustainable development" we scour the world asking presidents, ministers, scientists and activists, why does making economies "sustainable" remain so elusive?
It's the not-so-trashy reality show that takes well-known recyclables where they belong! Follow brave recyclables such as Bernie the Banana, Billie Jeans, and Baxter Bottle on their very different journeys of transformation.
In this episode, we meet Bernie, an eco conscious Banana who has decided that he is destined for something more than just going to the tip. Follow Bernie on his journey of transformation!
Director of Dig! Ondi Timoner embeds herself within a group of idealistic students and a charismatic entrepreneur who are committing themselves to create what they call 'the world's greatest sustainable modern town' deep in the Panamanian jungle. Eighty interns say goodbye to their families and comfortable homes to descend into the jungle of Panama. It's the hardest semester in Kalu Yala's history, with the most rain and interns, putting a strain on this fragile community.
Home Grown - Having bid farewell to city life and moved to the tropical seaside town of Noosa, chef and restaurateur Peter Kuruvita heads out to meet the community of passionate producers to discover more about the fresh local produce that has made this region one of the most exciting new foodie destinations in Australia. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast, Peter and his family haven't looked back. Peter begins his journey by visiting family-owned and run farms in the Sunshine Coast before transforming their produce into family friendly dishes, including his own Kuruvita family favourite, Pho, using Thai Basil picked from his own garden. (S.1 Ep.1) (Class. tba)
This is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth and since 1957 it has been home to Scott Base, New Zealand's Antarctic Research Station. After years of planning and expense, six research teams have arrived to study everything from the volcanos to a floating piece of ice the size of France and each team's results could have massive implications for our understanding of climate change around the world.
Journalist Charlie Bird heads for India to explore one of the most enchanting rivers on the planet - the mighty and sacred River Ganges. An explosion of colour, people, culture and history awaits him on his 2,500 km journey upstream from sea to source as he travels from the Bay of Bengal to the mighty Himalayas.
This special looks at ways to manage Aussie animals, including using chicken wire in the desert, managing too many kangaroos, kids becoming bush detectives, and reintroducing a native species to mainland Australia.
As newly appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change, Leonardo DiCaprio embarks on the role of a lifetime. Journeying from the remote wastes of Greenland to the burning forests of Sumatra to the halls of the Vatican, DiCaprio explores climate change's devastating impact on the planet. He uses his unprecedented access to speak with activists, scientists, and world leaders including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and Pope Francis; Delving deep into the causes of the crisis and uncovering potential solutions to it.
An expedition team comprising tiger experts, photographers, adventurers, a naturalist and a scientist, venture high into Bhutan in the Himalayas in search of big cats. They are searching for a secret tiger population which could save the magnificent creatures from extinction.
Even if regional transportation becomes more efficient, people and goods will still need to travel the world. The final episode of E2 Transport looks at new technologies and policies that could offset the aviation industry's substantial greenhouse gas emissions.
In June 1783, on the Volcanic island of Iceland, a 17-milewide split appeared in the ground, triggering a disaster of gigantic proportions. Within one week more lava would pour onto the earths surface than from any other eruption in recorded history, instantly smothering all life in its path. The real problem however, was the deadly cloud of volcanic gases that had begun to accumulate; over eight months, more that 122 million tons of sulphur dioxide would spew out of the massive fissure, bringing death to hundreds of thousands of people across Europe. The Killer cloud wiped out more than a quarter of Iceland's population and three quarters of it's life stock, before it drifted across the North Atlantic to Britain, bringing prolonged devastation and suffering. Europe was smothered by a sulphurous, dry smog and in England, an uncommon gloom descended. The bizarre blue fog hovered for weeks. Crops withered, leaves were bleached and vegetation died. Millions of people were struck down with severe and often fatal bronchitis and asthma, while others suffered blinding headaches and partial loss of sight. The fallout was catastrophic and long lasting. Water and food supplies became contaminated. The toxic gases altered weather patterns, causing massive crop failure and the greatest famine in Iceland's history. Across Europe, death rates soared. That summer was the hottest ever recorded, whilst the following winter was the coldest. No other eruption before or since has caused such dramatic climate changes. The testimonies of those that lived and died during this massive natural disaster survives, in the form of diaries, letters and eye witness accounts., that offer us a unique insite into its effects on contemporary life.
One of the world's top wildlife photographers, Cyril Ruoso, is partnered up with a scientific journalist for an adventurous journey through three of the most extreme ecosystems on our planet, the impenetrable rainforest of the Amazon, the skyscraping glaciers of the Andes, and the desert plains of the Pacific Coast of Peru. During their search for rare and uncommon species, they meet with scientists and discover what links all three ecosystems together. Finally, they understand the need to preserve them when climate change and human activity are threatening their very existence.
Farmers race to put new plants in the ground to keep up with demand for Australian macadamias; an unlikely partnership between Tasmanian wool growers and high-end fashion designers; the incredible effort to protect your lettuce.
Urban farms feeding the needy, but can tropical sweet potato be grown in Melbourne's temperate climate? The most expensive milk you'll ever buy - the rise of camel milk in Australia. Plus freezing Australian berries.
This series profiles leading Asian personalities. In this episode, we look at the challenging and remarkable life of Olivia Lum - the founder, group chief executive officer, and president of the Singapore-based Hyflux Group.
A profile of Jackie Chan from his earliest days as a Beijing opera acrobat to his emergence as a Hollywood action superstar. The program features intimate moments with Chan and never-before-seen footage from his personal cinematographer. It also includes interviews with some of Jackie's co-stars and other influential figures in his life, offering a unique insight into one of the most dynamic personalities in Hollywood today.
West Meets East
A delegation of Australian farmers and food manufacturers travel to China to learn just how to do business with our biggest trading partner.
The Long Road
Understanding differences in taste and lifestyle could be the key to cracking the Chinese market.
Beef producers are excited about new opportunities at the premium end of the Chinese market.
How does China feed it's population of almost 1.4 billion?
China is the Australian wool industry's most important international partner, buying around 75 percent of the national clip.
Australia will play an important role supplying clean, green protein to China's growing middle class.
SUPERFINE : WOOL CONTRACTS
Superfine wool growers are reaping rewards.
A wrap of rural issues from around the country this week.
Market prices and analysis with Kerry Lonergan.
HOPE AND FAITH : SICK COWS
Continuing problems for Victoria's dairy industry as bovine anaemia threatens herds.
A mysterious syndrome affecting sugar cane has scientists baffled.
An outbreak of Q-Fever on a Victorian goat farm prompts the owners to finance the development of an animal vaccine; a Tasmanian business has come up with a winning dried abalone product that is selling for up to $1400 a kilo; an innovative farming family harnesses the attributes of one of Australia's toughest native shrubs and turns it into a new kind of livestock feed and observations and analysis of recent commodity prices and trends.
A new corporate model for free-range pork helps supermarket customers make informed choices; Cane growers could improve crop yields through more efficient harvesting practices; The students of a primary school in Longreach are sending messages of hope to farmers struggling with drought; is there a future for the district hall? Plus a look at weekly commodity prices.
A new strain of rice developed by Australian plant breeders can be grown in colder climates; highlights from the Longreach drought forum, discussing the big dry, resilience and the heard road ahead and; graziers in western Queensland fear a fourth failed wet season.