The Water Brothers
Two young eco-adventurer brothers, Alex and Tyler, travel the world to explore our relationship with water. What are the problems and where will the solutions come from? The next generation takes us on the search. Two young eco-adventurer brothers, Alex and Tyler, travel the world to explore our relationship with water. What are the problems and where will the solutions come from? The next generation takes us on the search.
Two young eco-adventurer brothers, Alex and Tyler, travel the world to explore our relationship with water. What are the problems and where will the solutions come from? The next generation takes us on the search.
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Water in Space
May 19, 2015
Most people associate NASA with exploring the vastness of space, but much of NASA's research is directly related to water - both on and off our Blue Planet. The Water Brothers visit a NASA research center to better understand how water is an essential component of every rocket launch and test out the water recycling system used on the International Space Station by drinking their own purified, well, you get the picture. Through interviews with Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson and numerous renowned NASA scientists, the Water Brothers learn how space technology is advancing our understanding of water on Earth and just how precious this substance is in the universe.
May 12, 2015
As we burn fossil fuels, carbon dioxide is seeping into the oceans and creating an alarming, science-fiction scenario - the oceans are acidifying, threatening the survival of a vast number of marine species. The Water Brothers dive near a small volcanic island in Italy that has naturally acidic seawater, and see what the rest of the ocean might look like in the future if the trend continues. Their quest for answers brings them back to North America to meet scallop & mussel farmers who are already experiencing the impacts of this recent phenomenon. Can we stop the problem of ocean acidification before it is too late?
The Least Deadliest Catch
May 5, 2015
Fish stocks around the world are being depleted at an alarming rate, and yet growing populations are more dependent on these vital food sources than ever. The Water Brothers venture to the East Coast to witness first-hand how the ocean ecosystem has changed and join fishermen along the Eastern Seaboard who choose to catch their fish in a sustainable way. Alex and Tyler also visit an innovative aquaculture system that may revolutionize the way we grow and eat seafood. We find out how each of us can make a positive difference by making simple changes and asking questions about the seafood we consume.
Ocean of Energy
April 28, 2015
All across our Oceans, there is a virtually limitless supply of clean energy that remains untapped. Tidal and wave power have the potential to revolutionize the way we harness energy for human use. The Water Brothers get to the heart of this burgeoning industry by investigating the state-of-the-art technologies being deployed off the coast of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their search takes them back to Canada to the site of the world's largest tides - in the Bay of Fundy - where they go rafting on massive tidal bores and discover the true potential of this Ocean of Energy.
The River Runs Dry
April 21, 2015
The Jordan River has been reduced to a trickle. This iconic river that nourished the growth of ancient civilizations has become little more than a glorified sewage canal. The Water Brothers venture to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan to investigate the reasons behind the demise of this once mighty river. From the ancient city of Petra, to massive sinkholes that surround the Dead Sea, to the site of Jesus' baptism, Alex and Tyler meet committed scientists and engineers who are living in a region mired in conflict and are leading the struggle for accessibility to the most essential resource of all - water.
April 14, 2015
The Water Brothers continue their journey at Cocos Island and turn their attention to the migration patterns of the sharks and sea turtles that frequent this undersea wonderland. Working together with a team of dedicated marine biologists, the brothers tag and track these animals' movements to gather clues about their migration routes. The information gathered by the team will be critical in protecting these threatened creatures from unsustainable and deadly fishing practices.
Last Home of the Giants
April 7, 2015
Over 90% of the large fish in the ocean have disappeared. Thankfully, there are still a few remote places where the last remaining giants of the ocean thrive. Lying 500 km off the west coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is home to one of the richest marine habitats on Earth. The Water Brothers join a research expedition to this UNESCO World Heritage site to dive with the sharks, whales and turtles of Cocos Island and learn why it is so important for the ocean to have protected hotspots. Join the Brothers as they take viewers on an incredible journey.
Here Comes the Flood
October 22, 2013
The brothers continue their journey down the sacred Ganges and head out to the lush Ganges Delta in Bangladesh to learn how the largest river delta in the world is both incredibly productive and the most vulnerable region to climate change.
Farmed and Dangerous?
October 15, 2013
People love to eat salmon, but chances are that salmon is not wild. Over 70% of the global salmon we eat is raised on fish farms, some in ocean pens and some on land. The Brothers travel to British Columbia, home to the world's greatest wild salmon habitat and the heart of Canada's salmon farming industry. Wild salmon stocks are declining all along Canada's West Coast and many scientists believe that the use of open net farms in the Pacific Ocean, raising Atlantic salmon, could be inadvertently infecting wild Pacific salmon. Ironically, the salmon farms that are supposed to take the pressure off wild salmon stocks might be destroying them. The farmed fish industry is largely foreign owned and much of the farmed salmon is sold outside Canada, so who is in charge of protecting the iconic wild salmon? Surely not the same government body in charge of producing and promoting farmed salmon? Can new technologies being developed here in Canada revolutionize the industry and heal the damage that has already been done? To find out, the Brothers immerse themselves in the worlds of both wild and farmed salmon in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Water Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink
October 8, 2013
Canadians are big water users and are also advanced in water storage, distribution, filtering and cleaning technologies, both domestically and for international use. Yet, in one of the most water rich countries in the world, approximately one out of every five First Nations communities in Canada lacks access to clean, safe and sustainable drinking water. Why do some communities have these problems and others do not? How can there be economic independence and advancement for our native communities without this basic human right?