Summer of Adventure
About This Collection
From the depths of the oceans to the bright lights of the stars, join WORLD Channel for a summer exploring elements of both nature and science. Along the adventure, meet Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark, collaborate with The Crowd & The Cloud, un-Earth: A New Wild, and journey The Farthest - Voyager in Space. Discover what makes the planet and our universe forever fascinating from your home to the highpoints this summer in over 60 series and programs.
Episodes In This Collection
The Crowd & The Cloud: Even Big Data Starts Small
20,000 volunteers across the U.S. measure precipitation: when extreme weather hits, emergency managers turn their data into life-saving alerts. Armchair mappers worldwide update information used by first responders after the Nepal earthquake. The crowd, using mobile tech and the cloud contribute to science that saves lives.
Divide in Concord
Divide in Concord is an engaging tale about a contemporary debate: individual freedom vs. collective responsibility, and how this relates to American democracy. Driving the debate is a fiery 84-year-old grandmother, who presents a bylaw to ban the sale of single-serve plastic water bottles. But can one person take on the bottled water industry?
Far Afield: A Conservation Love Story
Bert Raynes has been inspiring the people of Jackson Hole to observe and care about their wild neighbors for more than 40 years. Far Afield: A Conservation Love Story is a film about the conservation icon and author, and is also a love story involving Bert and his wife Meg, their love for Jackson Hole, Wyo., and their love for the environment.
Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark - 103
In his 25 years as a National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore has learned to never ignore the smaller creatures. Joel gets us up close with colorful and charismatic insects with faces and features usually found in sci-fi flicks, searches for larger animals in Budapest and Prague, and tags along on a Rowi kiwi egg rescue in New Zealand.
The Crowd & The Cloud: Citizens + Scientists
Citizen scientists track pollution at fracking sites in six states; volunteers monitor East Coast water quality to generate baseline data; community members and researchers tackle Flint’s water crisis; and citizens use data and an app to report environmental crimes in China. When citizens and scientists partner, it’s a win-win for all.
By The River of Babylon
By the River of Babylon takes us into the unique culture and environment of South Louisiana: a habitat that gave rise to Cajun and Creole music, food, and culture, and one that is disappearing at an alarming rate. The film weaves this sad story into a fabric of famed but decaying dance halls and the musical habitat they represented.
Reel South: Can't Stop the Water
For 170 years, a tribe of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has occupied Isle de Jean Charles in the Louisiana bayous. The land that has sustained them is vanishing; the marsh has been ravaged by years of gas & oil exploration, leaving the island defenseless against the ocean tide. At what point will they finally be forced off their sacred land?
The Crowd & The Cloud: Viral vs. Virus
Asthma inhaler sensors generate maps of environmental dangers in Kentucky; in California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates; stories of citizen science fighting mosquito-borne diseases with apps and data; and Medic Mobile in Kenya give phones capabilities to help health workers improve maternal and child health.
Today, the Inupiaq Eskimo must navigate an uncertain future 80 miles above the Arctic Circle on a fragile barrier island disappearing due to climate change. Kivalina is a quiet but stirring portrait immersing viewers into the rarely seen lives of an Arctic tribe who try to continue to honor their way of life despite the government failing them.
Reel South: Red Wolf Revival
Three decades ago, the nearly extinct red wolf was reintroduced in North Carolina. While this flagship conservation effort paved the way for reintroducing several other species across the country, today fewer than 100 wild red wolves remain - and their fate hinges on significant biological, political, cultural and economic challenges.
Total Solar Eclipse Live
Join South Carolina ETV host Beryl Dakers for the extremely rare experience of witnessing a 100% total solar eclipse. South Carolina is a prime location for a total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918.
The Crowd & The Cloud: Citizens4Earth
Counting birds generates data on climate change; surfer science using tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures; “A Year in the Life of Citizen Science;” seasonal change is tracked and horseshoe crabs are surveyed; generating data for sustainable development in Uganda. The potential of “Citizen Science in the Digital Age.”
A Will for the Woods
Musician & psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma, determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet. Boldly facing his mortality, Clark and partner Jane have inspired a local cemeterian, and together they aim to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.
Two college-age women attempting to climb the highest peaks in 50 states meet their match in Wyoming. This adventure film introduces the little known sport of 'highpointing," a quirky American hobby for nature lovers and climbers. Their quest turns more serious as they learn Wyoming's Gannett Peak is deep in wilderness territory.
NOVA: Eclipse Over America
Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.
The Farthest - Voyage in Space
Learn how NASA’s epic Voyager missions, launched in 1977, revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their dazzling moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.
U.S. Army veteran Tina Garnanez realizes that her home on the Navajo Reservation has become a battleground in a protracted war over nuclear proliferation. In an effort to advocate against further contamination of Navajo land, Tina and a group of Navajo grandmothers lobby Congress and the nation for a just and equitable energy policy.
Not Without Us
Follow multi-generational activists from around the world to the 21st U.N. Climate Talks in Paris. Connecting the dots between the inability of the U.N. process to address climate change and Big Oil’s control over governments, Not Without Us demonstrates the importance of grassroots groups to empower mass movements to create systemic change.