The world’s coral reefs are home to a quarter of all marine life – and they’re being wiped out. The Water Brothers take you to the second longest reef system on Earth, the Mezo-American reef. Why are we killing the most important, underwater sanctuaries on earth? And how do we stop Reefer Madness?
Asian Carp have invaded the Mississippi, and destroyed the lucrative fishing industry. Today, only an electric fence is keeping them from entering the Great Lakes, and a few have already been spotted. If any more cross that barrier, prepare for Carpageddon.
The Water Brothers will examine the fascinating history of water in California as it is constantly being artificially diverted and dammed to create electricity and maintain growing populations and immense agricultural industries in one of the driest places in North America.
The Arctic is experiencing climate change faster than anywhere else in the world and water is at the heart of this story. Learn how melting ice sheets and sea ice in Iceland, Greenland and Labrador will have global implications on the loss of biodiversity and the dynamics of ocean currents that could lead to dangerous spin off climate change events. How will the people and wildlife of the North adapt to these changes? Could some groups even profit from the disappearance of sea ice and how will the rest of the world experience the effects of The Big Thaw?
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Nearly 1 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water and as a result approximately half the world’s hospital beds are filled by people suffering from water borne diseases.
More than 5 million people die from waterborne diseases each year 10 times the number killed in wars.
Rivers and hydroelectric dams produce more than one-fifth of the world’s electricity.
People will feel the impact of climate change most through the distribution and seasonal and annual variability of water.
The Mekong River is home to over 1,000 species of fish and provides an annual freshwater fish catch of over 2.5 million tons per year, making the Mekong River Basin the most productive freshwater fishery in the world.
There are over 180 different invasive species in the Great Lakes and a new invader becomes established in the Lakes, on average, every 3 to 6 months.
Liquid fresh water constitutes less than 1% of the world’s water supply.
Since 1900, more than half the world’s wetlands have disappeared.
On average it takes 3 L of water and 250 mL of oil to produce and transport 1 L of bottled water to your home. Globally, the bottled water industry consumes between 34-50 million barrels of oil per year.
Americans are the biggest residential water users in the world at 425 litres per person, per day. Canadians come in at number 2 in the world at 326 litres per day.