NOVA: Becoming Green - Growing Environmental Awareness [4 Discs] [DVD]
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Special Features

  • Car of the Future - Access to the Car of the Future Web site
  • Scene selection
  • Closed captions
  • Described video for the visually impaired
  • Solar Energy: Saved by the sun - Printable materials for educators
  • Access to the NOVA web site
  • Global Warming - What's Up With the Weather? - Printable materias for educators
  • Access to the What's Up with the Weather? Web site
  • Closed Captioned


American Experience: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
In 1962, the New Yorker magazine serialized and the Houghton Mifflin Company published biologist Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, which warned of the dangers of unfettered use of pesticides and herbicides. The book set off a firestorm of negative and positive reaction that ultimately resulted in the outlawing of the deadly, but widely used insecticide DDT. The poison was not only killing bugs, but birds and other animals up the food chain. Originally telecast on the award-winning PBS series The American Experience, this documentary examines how Carson's ecological warnings made enemies and led to her writings being censored by publications that feared losing the advertising dollars of giant corporations earning millions from herbicides and insecticides. Despite some flaws in some of her data gathering, Carson's book rightly galvanized Americans to pay attention to the world around them, and helped create what has been called "the environmental movement." Highlights include film footage, photographs, and interviews with environmentalists and historians. ~ Steve Blackburn, Rovi

NOVA: Global Warming - What's Up with the Weather
NOVA: Solar Energy - Saved by the Sun
As global-warming concerns and ominous climate changes prompt the fossil fuel-dependent masses to begin seeking out alternative energy sources, the prospect of solar energy has once again become a topic of discussion -- and not just among environmental activists. Though previously dismissed by many, could solar energy be at least a partial solution to our growing energy concerns? In this documentary, filmmakers explore how new designs, materials, and technology has made harnessing the power of the sun cheaper and more efficient than ever before. As cutting-edge research developments are explored, both proponents and enthusiasts voice their opinions on the subject as the viewer is introduced to scientists and businesspeople attempting to use solar power for everything from lighting and heating to running power plants. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

NOVA: Car of the Future
As gasoline prices shoot through the roof and concerns over the effects of automobile exhaust pollution continue to grow, "Car Talk" co-host Tom Magliozzi sets out to replace his cherished 1952 MG roadster with a more environmentally friendly automobile. Along with his brother Ray, Tom explores the revolutionary technology that promises to change the way we drive. Along the way, Ray and Tom pay a visit to the world-famous North American International Auto Show in Detroit, speak with the organizers of Boston's AltWheels Festival, hitch a ride with a hydrogen-powered bus fleet in Iceland, and ponder the future with a green-leaning Colorado think tank. Are the rumors of an electric sports car that goes zero-to-sixty in just four seconds too good to be true? Find out the answers to this question and more as Tom and Ray speak with experts in lithium batteries and biofuels in order to separate the hopeful speculation about tomorrow's technology from the hard facts. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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