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Pollution and Climate Change
This sub-section examines the effects of air pollution on forests and of greenhouse gases on climate, the danger of insecticides for birds and human health, and the pollutants in our rivers.
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René Dumont: Global Ecologist
2001, production : Richard D. Lavoie
French agronomist René Dumont was an important early...
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Something in the Air
2001, production : Sylvie Dauphinais
Pesticides help increase food production, particularly in a...
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Trouble in the Forest
1988, production : Gary Toole
In the 1960s when air pollution was becoming an issue,...
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1970, production : Michael McKennirey
The story of DDT is now recognized as the trigger that...
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Something in the Air
Excerpt  (2:16) 2001, production : Sylvie Dauphinais
The film
Pesticides help increase food production, particularly in a place like Prince Edward Island known for its potatoes. On the other hand, an activist filmed in this excerpt lists the many reported pesticide concerns, even possible linkages to asthma. A farmer, however, explains that pesticide use is imperative and did not happen overnight.

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Prince Edward Island--a rural paradise and a safe haven from the city. But is this image really a mirage?

Many of the children on the Island can't catch their breath. PEI has the highest rate of hospital admissions for asthma in Canada, and many affected never leave home without an inhaler. Hanging over the farmers' fields, reaching into every city and town, is an invisible cloud of extremely dangerous poisons.

Since the late 1960s, the potato has become the commercial crop, creating a monoculture that has destroyed the soil's natural balance. Consequently, potato farmers have grown more and more dependent on pesticides. The last twenty years has seen a 700% increase in the use of these toxins to kill insects that might endanger the potato harvest and the Island's economy.

Filmmaker Sylvie Dauphinais discovered that living in paradise comes at a heavy cost: the health of her son. She has made this documentary to issue a wake-up call about an environmental crisis that is putting the ill, the elderly and the young at greatest risk.

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