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Adaptation

Rising seas, glacial melt, and the spread of invasive species are just a few of the serious environmental challenges threatening communities around the world today. With scientist and National Geographic Explorer Alizé Carrère as our guide, ADAPTATION presents us with examples of the brilliant and surprising ways that communities are adapting to change.

Invasive Carp of Kentucky

13m 36s

Alizé travels to a small town in western Kentucky to meet Angie Yu, a Chinese-American entrepreneur who is finding new ways to manage the Invasive Carp problem in the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. While Americans may want nothing to do with this bony fish, other parts of the world consider carp a resource –one to be cherished and celebrated. Can Americans learn to do the same?

Episodes

  • Ice Stupas of Ladakh: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ice Stupas of Ladakh

    S1 E4 - 16m 2s

    Communities in the arid high-mountain region of Ladakh rely on glacial water to feed streams and water crops during the spring and summer months. Global warming is dramatically re-shaping the future of these areas. Meet a Ladakhi teacher and engineer who devised a method to capture and store glacial runoff into magnificent ice pyramids.

  • Ice Stupahs of Ladakh: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ice Stupahs of Ladakh

    S1 E4 - 16m 2s

    Communities in the arid high-mountain region of Ladakh rely on glacial water to feed streams and water crops during the spring and summer months. Global warming is dramatically re-shaping the future of these areas. Alizé meets Sonam Wangchuk, a Ladakhi teacher and engineer who has devised an extraordinary method to capture and store excess glacial runoff into magnificent ice pyramids.

  • Coral Reefs of Vanuatu: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Coral Reefs of Vanuatu

    S1 E3 - 17m 32s

    The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu may be one of the world’s most beautiful diving destinations. Its coral
    reefs are the backbone of the island’s environmental and economic health. Today they face destruction from a silent predator that can rapidly decimate an entire reef. Dive in with Alizé to discover how local communities are adapting to the threat and reviving coastal ecosystems.

  • Invasive Carp of Kentucky: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Invasive Carp of Kentucky

    S1 E2 - 13m 36s

    Alizé travels to a small town in western Kentucky to meet Angie Yu, a Chinese-American entrepreneur who is finding new ways to manage the Invasive Carp problem in the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. While Americans may want nothing to do with this bony fish, other parts of the world consider carp a resource –one to be cherished and celebrated. Can Americans learn to do the same?

  • Floating Gardens of Bangladesh: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Floating Gardens of Bangladesh

    S1 E1 - 14m 6s

    ADAPTATION begins in the lush deltas of Bangladesh, where Alizé journeys for her research. Here she learns how communities are adapting to changing monsoons and dangerous sea level rise. Floating gardens and floating schools are just the start of some of the country’s innovative strategies.

Extras + Features

  • Preview | Adaptation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview | Adaptation

    S1 - 1m 14s

    Landscapes around the world are being changed by human activities, from melting glaciers, to warming and rising seas, to the spread of invasive species. With scientist Alizé Carrère as our guide, ADAPTATION tells the story of communities in four parts of the world who have devised remarkable ways to confront –and surmount –the imminent environmental crises they face.

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