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- Aral Sea
      The Devil and the Disappearing Sea
      BBC Video Report on Aral Sea
      Aral, Caspian Seas Remain Under Ecological Threat

- Sea Of Cortez - Gulf of California
- NPR's "The Story": Reading the Sea Of Cortez

Aral Sea

The Changing World is a weekly series of documentaries that takes the time to explore multiple aspects of a single global issue. Please visit their site (http://www.thechangingworld.org) and subscribe to their podcast: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheChangingWorldFromBbcAndPri

It is barely fifteen years since Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan emerged from Soviet rule. These nations are now all facing enormous environmental problems. The BBC's Central Asia editor monitors the Soviet environmental legacy in this region, on this edition of The Changing World.

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This documentary explores some of the crucial ecological issues in a region which boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the world. The BBC's Firdevs Robinson visits Lake Issy Kul in Kyrgyzstan, which was once used for testing Soviet torpedoes. She also travels to the south of Kyrgyzstan, to Mayli-suu, where landslides are threatening to spread uranium pollution through the fertile rivers of the Fergana Valley, home to more than six million people.

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This documentary produced for the BBC World Service focuses on the state of the Aral Sea in the deserts of Kazakhstan. For decades, the Aral Sea has been shrinking, as water from nearby rivers was diverted into cotton production. But now a new dam is bringing fresh life to the Aral. And as the water levels are rising, so too are the hopes of the fishermen who live by its shores.

Copyright © 2006, 2007 BBC World Service, All Rights Reserved

The Devil and the Disappearing Sea
A True Crime Story About the Aral Sea Catastrophe

The Writer's Cafe is a great site where you can hear interviews of Authors on a wide variety of subjects. Please visit their site (http://www.writerscafe.ca/homepage.php) and subscribe to their RSS feeds.

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Listen to this interview of author Rob Ferguson as he speaks about his book:

The Devil and the Disappearing Sea
A True Crime Story About the Aral Sea Catastrophe

Copyright © 2006, 2007 Rob Ferguson, All Rights Reserved


Please visit the BBC website for many high quality news reports: http://www.bbc.co.uk/

====>Click to View "Loan to Help Save Aral Sea" 9 Apr 2007

The Kazakhstan government has secured a multi-million dollar loan to help save the Aral Sea.

====>Click to View "New Dam Hope for Shrinking Sea" 18 May 2005

A new dam project is being hailed as the last hope of survival for the rapidly shrinking Aral Sea in Central Asia. The 13km dam will separate the smaller northern part of the sea from the larger Southern Aral Sea. Jim Fish reports.

Copyright © 2005-2007 BBC, All Rights Reserved

Aral, Caspian Seas Remain Under Ecological Threat

By Lisa McAdams
18 March 2005

Please visit the Voice of America site: http://www.voanews.com/english/portal.cfm

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The Soviet Union was home to two of the world's largest inland bodies of water, the Aral and Caspian Seas. Once offering up abundant examples of nature's grace, both seas are now dying. In the case of the Aral Sea, the cause is agricultural mismanagement, while in the Caspian it is pollution and oil development. There are mixed views on whether the seas can be saved.

Copyright © 2005-2007 Voice of America, All Rights Reserved

Remembering the Gulf: Changes in the Sea of Cortez since Steinbeck and Ricketts' 1940 Expedition by Raphael D. Sagarin, Ph.D.

====>Click to hear "Changes in the Sea of Cortez" Part 1

====>Click to hear "Changes in the Sea of Cortez" Part 2

====>Click to hear "Changes in the Sea of Cortez" Q & A

Sunday, February 11, 2006, 5:00 pm, Raphael D. Sagarin, Ph.D., Remembering the Gulf: Changes in the Sea of Cortez since Steinbeck and Ricketts' 1940 Expedition

One of the most well-known biological expeditions is the 1940 trip to the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) by author John Steinbeck and his close friend Edward F. Ricketts, a professional biologist. Steinbeck and Ricketts visited 20 tidepool sites spread across the Gulf and made extensive collections while taking notes on the fauna and natural history of the region.

In 2004 Raphael retraced the Steinbeck and Ricketts journey, visiting the same sites during the same time of year. Using the extensive scientific and literary records made by Steinbeck and Ricketts as a historical baseline, they were able to show massive ecological changes to Sea of Cortez since 1940. These changes affect the tidepool and open water species as well as the coastal human communities of Mexico. Steinbeck and Ricketts were ahead of their time in terms of thinking about the connections between all aspects of a natural system. By putting their work in historical and global context, we can see how changes to the Sea of Cortez are directly tied to devastating changes scientists are observing throughout the Earth's oceans.

Raphael Sagarin, Ph.D., is Associate Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University


This Event was organized by The Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education (CHICLE): Please visit there website (http://www.chi-cle.com) and subscribe to their email list of cultural events:

CHICLE is a full-service, locally owned language institute located in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, North Carolina. We benefit from our location near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and are able to teach a wide variety of languages, as well as some advanced classes that combine language and literature. We have an excellent program for both children and adults. Telephone: (919) 933-0398; Email: chicle@chi-cle.com

During the talk the point is made of purchasing sustainable fish. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Website can help in your next seafood purchase. Another organization, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) works to safeguard the world's seafood supply by promoting the best environmental choice.

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Copyright © 2006, 2007 Raphael D. Sagarin, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved

NPR's "The Story": Reading the Sea Of Cortez

Thank you very much to NPR's "The Story" with Dick Gordon for permission to link to their radio program. Please visit their webpage to hear many other audio programs: http://thestory.org Also subscribe to their podcast via their RSS feed: http://www.thestory.org/archive/podcast.xml

====>Click to hear "Reading the Sea Of Cortez" Date: February 13, 2007

Dick Gordon talks with Raphael D. Sagarin about the changes in the Sea of Cortez. Dr. Sagarin argues that the kinds of observations Steinbeck and Ricketts recorded 70 years ago now provide critical data in understanding environmental changes like global warming. His conversation with Dick also shows that science and literature may have something to offer one another.

Please visit their website for a complete description of the interview: http://thestory.org/archive/

Copyright © 2006, 2007 American Public Media, All Rights Reserved


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