Exploration has always driven progression. Our exploration – our progress – begins with a dream, often hope, but always a quest for the unknown. It’s part of the human condition… and today, the exploration of the deep ocean, our planet’s life supporting is now arguably the most critical frontier of our time… Here’s my take in an article about submersible led exploration in Avaunt. Read the rest of this entry »
The Deep Ocean is now the most critical frontier that humanity has ever faced and the next giant leap for mankind must be down into the Deep Ocean – to explore, discover and understand it. The only way we are going to reconnect humanity with the ocean is if we put mankind at the centre of this new wave of exploration. Here’s my take on it @TEDx Bermuda. Read the rest of this entry »
For centuries historians and treasure seekers have searched for the burial site of history’s most famous conqueror. Exclusively breaking this original story for Newsweek Magazine, I report on the latest findings from the inspiring Valley of the Khan’s Project who’s latest discoveries offer compelling evidence that it’s been found. I’ll update with new developments in due course. Read the rest of this entry »
Plenty more fish…? 2Aug12
At current rates of decline, scientists predict our seas could be empty of fish within 40 years. With a billion people eating fish as their primary source of animal protein and 200 million people depending on fishing as their only source of livelihood, that would mean a humanitarian disaster. Reporting for Earthrise from Scotland’s first fully protected marine reserve, exploring why they work and why we need 25% of our seas protected to restore the ocean’s health.
One giant container ship emits roughly the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50million cars. Shipping is one of the most polluting and fastest growing industries. Time for solar shipping even… Hybrid shipping. Reporting from Planet Solar – the first solar circumnavigation of the earth… Read the rest of this entry »
We live in the Age of Plastic – producing more plastic in the last ten years than we did in the whole of the last century … and as plastics takes 100s of years to degrade so every single piece we have not recycled, still exists. How do you get rid of non-recyclable plastics? Turn them into cleaner, more efficient fuel. Read the rest of this entry »
TURNING TIDAL: EARTHRISE 21Dec11
The European Union has set a target of 20% of its energy needs coming from renewable sources by 2020. To make this happen, they will have to harness the power of wind sun and the sea…. In the first of a series of films I’m making for EARTHRISE, I travelled to the coast of Northern Ireland to explore the potential of tidal power Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve recently been in Central Australia investigating the impact of Aboriginal people losing their identity and it’s got me thinking about the value of identity to our health and what happens if we lose it…The basis of our identity is what many tribal people called ‘Land’. ‘Land’ is more than just a physical concept like a field or a house but embodies history, language, beliefs and food. And the loss of land is the departure gate for the destruction of identity. Read the rest of this entry »
Four years ago, the Australian Government used controversial emergency legislation (aka ‘the Intervention’), aimed only at aboriginal Australians, to take control of many Aboriginal settlements. It said this was to help to end violence and child abuse, and combat the alcohol abuse that ravages many Aboriginal communities. Australia’s Hidden Valley is a documentary I made about the lives of Aboriginal people in Alice Springs, focusing largely on a town camp called Hidden Valley, one of many places affected by the Intervention and what has happened since… Read the rest of this entry »
Sharing word on a Dispatches I’ve just made with director Richard Sanders and Blakeway investigating the conservation movement…We reveal that far from stemming the tide of extinction that’s engulfing the planet, some conservationists have got their priorities wrong. Unquestionable, conservation is crucial – we’re in an extinction crisis right now, set to lose 2.5million species by 2050…. and we need to get it right. Sadly we unearth questionable business connections, human rights violations and far more… Far too often alienating the very people they would need to stem the loss of species from earth… including the incredible Dominican Mountain Chicken, that’s a frog, that tastes like chicken… Please tune in… and spread the word.. and get the debate going.
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