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Making Scotland's Landscape episode 5

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 5

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 5: During the Industrial Revolution, Scottish scientists and engineers helped unwittingly set off a chain of events that today we know as climate change – a process that is transforming our atmosphere and warming our planet. Professor Iain Stewart looks at how Scotland is on the verge of another revolution: the transformation of a carbon economy […]

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Making Scotland's Landscape episode 4

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 4

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 4: As ‘natural’ icons, Scotland’s rivers and lochs represent how the nation imagines itself. However as Professor Iain Stewart discovers, the only thing that happens naturally is rain. As soon as it hits the ground, it is ours and we do with it what we will. Today there are scarcely any rivers or natural large bodies

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Making Scotland's Landscape episode 3

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 3

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 3: Professor Stewart reveals how hearts and not heads have ruled the least understood landscape of them all – the sea. The public’s emotions have played a key role in the fate of Scotland’s maritime creatures and the upshot has been a form of lottery. While some species like seals and sea birds have been protected,

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Making Scotland's Landscape episode 2

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 2

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 2: For centuries, the beauty and drama of Scotland’s landscape has been regarded by most visitors as natural. But in 1950, an eminent ecologist concluded the Highlands had been devastated. Once it was rich and diverse he said, but humans had destroyed it and in the process created what he described as a wet desert. Professor

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Making Scotland's Landscape episode 1

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 1

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 1: Professor Iain Stewart presents a landmark five-part series in which he reveals how Scotland’s unique and beautiful landscape has been shaped over the centuries.       In this first programme, he uncovers how, over thousands of years, the actions of mankind and the climate nearly led to the downfall of Scotland’s trees and forests.

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Earth: The Power of the Planet episode 5 - Rare Earth

Earth: The Power of the Planet episode 5 – Rare Earth

Earth: The Power of the Planet episode 5 – Rare Earth: Life on Earth prospers because it enjoys the right amount of heat from the sun, and the atmosphere prevents meteorite bombardment. Geography series with Dr Iain Stewart.     Our planet is unique within the solar system. Four-and-a-half billion years ago it had a twin named Theia which was

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Earth: The Power of the Planet episode 4 - Oceans

Earth: The Power of the Planet episode 4 – Oceans

Earth: The Power of the Planet episode 4 – Oceans: Iain travels to surfers’ paradise Hawaii to learn more about oceans, explaining the difference between waves, tides and currents. In the Amazon, he rides the world’s longest tidal bore. In the beginning, there were no oceans: they are thought to have gradually formed from volcano steam and melted comet ice.

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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

The End of the Line: As the world’s demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commercial fisherman becomes more sophisticated, the annual harvest from global seaports has grown tremendously in recent years. However, the rise of industrialised fishing has not come without consequences, and many environmentalists and oceanographers believe that the current demand for fish

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