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Videos on Forests, Rainforests, Trees

This list of serious and funny videos about rainforests, forests, and trees includes videos on planting trees, forest policy, and regrowing forests.

See the rightmost column for additional categories of videos related to rainforests, forests, and trees.

FORESTS/TREES VIDEOS
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soy plantation/rainforest video link; thumb of puppet cow and puppet calf in pasture, talking
SOY STORY
This is a cute 4-minute short film about how South American soy plantations are destroying rainforests to supply cheap feed for cattle in the UK (and elsewhere, BTW).  Watch soy plantation/rainforest video.

  FORESTS/TREES VIDEOS
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man stooped down, planting trees; click to watch video
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
In this excellent short film, a man stumbles upon a quiet shepherd who is planting trees—lots of them, slowly but surely. But why? The film has a great animation style, giving the film a warm, intriguing feel and adding to the sense of mystery. The plot pacing ensures the viewer's attention never wanders.  Watch The Man Who Planted Trees

 
orangutan relaxing amongst lush rainforest vegetation; click to go to video page at external site; opens in new window
HOW WE RE-GREW A RAINFOREST
By piecing together a complex ecological and societal puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, restoring the lush vegetation, saving orangutans, and providing a sustainable local economy. This is brilliant work. From TED Talks. Go there

 
Greening the Desert graphic, with photo of Geoff Lawton
GREENING THE DESERT
A fascinating Flash video describing a successful project to reverse desertification and soil salination. From Permaculture.org via YouTube.   Go there
 
 
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NPR

Once Resilient, Trees in the West Now More Vulnerable to Fires — 29 Jul 2013 — Every few decades, nature cleans house in the forest. It burns the understory and brush—the "ladder fuels" that might carry a fire up into the tree canopy if they accumulate too much. Excessive fuel buildup can lead to the kind of fire that kills forests. But scientists are discovering that some trees in the West that previously would survive and thrive with small fires are now losing their ability to do so.
Go to page  |  Download/Listen   3:25

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NPR

Big-Mouthed Toucans Key To Forest Evolution — 31 May 2013 — The jucara, the dominant palm tree in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, is dependent on the toucan—a bird with an almost comically giant bill that can be half as long as its body—to disperse its large seeds. But as more humans have moved into Brazil's Atlantic coastal forests, the increased hunting, logging, and farming have taken a toll on the number of toucans. Now scientists have discovered that the drop-off in birds is reshaping the forest as well—and that's not a good thing.
Go to page  |  Download/Listen   3:20

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living On Earth

Climate Action, REDD, and the Congo Basin — 31 May 2013 — REDD—a scheme that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation—could be the fastest, least expensive way to stall global warming AND preserve the Congo Basin's trees and ecosystems. Alex Chadwick and producer Christopher Johnson traveled to the Congo Basin to investigate the high stakes of protecting the carbon-rich forest, the wildlife, and people who live there.
Go to page  |  Download/Listen   49:00

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