Strange Days on Planet Earth Series

Lectures curated around National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth, which connects some of the greatest issues of our day: climate change, ecosystem degradation, clean energy, poverty, disease, and more. At the heart of Strange Days on Planet Earth is the award-winning PBS series, hosted and narrated by Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, which became known for exposing the web of invisible connections of the Earth’s life support systems.

Episode One: Invaders Strange transformations are taking place around the world because of alien invaders. People in New Orleans no longer trust the floor beneath their feet. Their houses are collapsing, under siege by voracious termite hordes that scientists suspect began their journey half a world away.

Episode Two: The One Degree Factor From the Arctic north to the tropical isles of the Caribbean, scientists are documenting a series of perplexing phenomena many believe is linked to climate change. The average temperature has increased in some places by as much as 11 degrees Fahrenheit.

Episode Three: Predators Deep in the wilds of Venezuela, the natural order is being turned inside out. Miles of savanna and verdant forest have given way to small, scattered islands. Some of these islands are now overrun by bands of howler monkeys, a glut of iguanas and hordes of ravenous ants. What's driving this bizarre transformation? and could it be linked to other mysterious events around the world?

Episode Four: Troubled Waters A series of apparently unconnected crises among animal populations around the world turns out to be linked by water. The fourth hour of Strange Days on Planet Earth examines the evidence that toxins are being spread throughout the world's water systems and explores what we can do to remedy the problem.

Episode Five: Dangerous Catch In the West African nation of Ghana, olive baboons are ransacking crops and terrorizing villagers. Further down the coast, putrid fumes are rising from the ocean depths off Namibia, causing whole towns to gag. Half a world away in Puerto Rico, space-age aquapods filled with fish are floating far out at sea, while off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, migratory salmon are settling into coastal life astride kelp and mussels in a radical new farming experiment.

Episode Six: Dirty Secrets Along the shores of rivers, estuaries, islands and the sea, a disturbing set of mysteries is unfolding. Striped bass are succumbing to flesh-eating bacteria in Chesapeake Bay. Majestic seabirds are starving in Hawaii Coral reefs are weakening under a growing assault of invisible contaminants. A known hormone-disrupting chemical is showing up in streams and rivers across the country, potentially jeopardizing the health of animals and humans alike. All these mysteries share a similar culprit. Each is linked to insidious hitchhikers silently riding the currents of the world’s water system. Something is amiss in our water supply, and expert teams of researchers are racing the clock to find clues and devise lasting solutions.

Lectures curated around National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth, which connects some of the greatest issues of our day: climate change, ecosystem degradation, clean energy, poverty, disease, and more. At the heart of Strange Days on Planet Earth is the award-winning PBS series, hosted and narrated by Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, which became known for exposing the web of invisible connections of the Earth’s life support systems.

Episode One: Invaders Strange transformations are taking place around the world because of alien invaders. People in New Orleans no longer trust the floor beneath their feet. Their houses are collapsing, under siege by voracious termite hordes that scientists suspect began their journey half a world away.

Episode Two: The One Degree Factor From the Arctic north to the tropical isles of the Caribbean, scientists are documenting a series of perplexing phenomena many believe is linked to climate change. The average temperature has increased in some places by as much as 11 degrees Fahrenheit.

Episode Three: Predators Deep in the wilds of Venezuela, the natural order is being turned inside out. Miles of savanna and verdant forest have given way to small, scattered islands. Some of these islands are now overrun by bands of howler monkeys, a glut of iguanas and hordes of ravenous ants. What's driving this bizarre transformation? and could it be linked to other mysterious events around the world?

Episode Four: Troubled Waters A series of apparently unconnected crises among animal populations around the world turns out to be linked by water. The fourth hour of Strange Days on Planet Earth examines the evidence that toxins are being spread throughout the world's water systems and explores what we can do to remedy the problem.

Episode Five: Dangerous Catch In the West African nation of Ghana, olive baboons are ransacking crops and terrorizing villagers. Further down the coast, putrid fumes are rising from the ocean depths off Namibia, causing whole towns to gag. Half a world away in Puerto Rico, space-age aquapods filled with fish are floating far out at sea, while off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, migratory salmon are settling into coastal life astride kelp and mussels in a radical new farming experiment.

Episode Six: Dirty Secrets Along the shores of rivers, estuaries, islands and the sea, a disturbing set of mysteries is unfolding. Striped bass are succumbing to flesh-eating bacteria in Chesapeake Bay. Majestic seabirds are starving in Hawaii Coral reefs are weakening under a growing assault of invisible contaminants. A known hormone-disrupting chemical is showing up in streams and rivers across the country, potentially jeopardizing the health of animals and humans alike. All these mysteries share a similar culprit. Each is linked to insidious hitchhikers silently riding the currents of the world’s water system. Something is amiss in our water supply, and expert teams of researchers are racing the clock to find clues and devise lasting solutions.