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Video of the Day: An Architect’s Own Environmentally-Friendly Timber Home

Video of the Day: An Architect’s Own Environmentally-Friendly Timber Home

Ben Callery, a Melbourne-based architect, designed his own environmentally-friendly family home around a simple idea, have it more in touch in nature. He looked to achieve this by using as much natural material as possible which were sustainably sourced, and of course, having vines and plants.

The use of timber throughout not only gives the interior a nice warmth, but Ben also wanted to see how thermally efficient timber home could be. The timber was radially sawn, which means much less wastage, and is used on the external cladding, sun shading elements, internal battens, windows and more.

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Explosive Documents Reveal BP Behind Toxic Mauritius Oil Spill

Explosive Documents Reveal BP Behind Toxic Mauritius Oil Spill

Newly released documents reveal that BP was behind the toxic oil involved in the Mauritius oil spill in the Indian Ocean last year. Even more troubling are revelations that BP formally blocked the investigation into the fuel that was being used on board the large Japanese bulk carrier.

The documents also show that the oil on the Wakashio was known to be faulty from the moment the vessel set sail from Singapore on its final, fateful voyage across the Indian Ocean.

Ship operator, Japanese shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) knew the oil exceeded engine safety limits and they were concerned during the Wakashio’s final voyage that this fuel could cause serious engine failure, which they attempted to communicate to the ship’s crew. Both BP and MOL were taking a gamble with the lives of the crew and the coastline of surrounding countries by allowing the vessel to sail with this fuel on board.

Full Story at Forbes.com by Nishan Degnarain

Friday Prime Video playlist, 20 March 2020

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51min 2016 7+

Cape Spin

1h 26min 2011 7+

The surreal, fascinating, and tragicomic story of the battle over America’s most controversial clean energy project. Cape Wind was to be America’s first offshore windfarm. But formidable alliances formed on both sides: Kennedys, Kochs, and everyday folks do battle with the developers and green groups over the future of American power and the aesthetic of America’s most privileged enclave.


Chernobyl’s Cafe

Thirty years after the nuclear reactor explosion, Chernobyl is showing signs of life. As the fears of older generations are replaced by the fascination of the new, Chernobyl is emerging as a popular tourist destination, and local industry is on the rise. However, with radiation levels still dangerously high, serious questions remain over whether the region can ever truly recover from its past.


Breakpoint: a Counter History of Progress

1h 38min 2019 ALL

For the last two centuries progress has been our reason for being. But progress has also given us napalm, pesticides, nuclear waste and global warming. It can be measured in the atmosphere, in the ice caps and in sediment layers. Mixing footage and propaganda with an original soundtrack, Breakpoint looks back at 200 years of development to provide an alternative view of our history of progress.


New Zealand From Above

1 Season 2012 7+

An aerial journey from the deep south of the South Island to the northern tip of the North Island. We discover the landscapes and meet New Zealanders who talk about their work, interests and culture.


Friday Prime Video playlist, 13 March 2020

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Unsupersize Us

1h 22min 2016 13+

The follow up to the award-winning film Unsupersize Me. Juan-Carlos Asse takes five subjects from his hometown that all suffer from common health issues and puts them on regimen of a plant based diet and exercise for six weeks.


Ultimate Freedive: The Great Barrier Reef

45min 2016 ALL

Actress and world champion freediver Marina Kazankova is on a mission: to freedive the Great Barrier Reef. Able to hold her breath far longer than that average human, she takes on a series of challenges, from swimming with turtles and giant grouper, to diving down on ship wrecks and through hidden caves. Join her on her incredible journey and see the Great Barrier Reef like never before.


Agave: The Spirit Of A Nation

1h 19min 2018 13+

In Mexico, families have passed down the tradition of distilling agave for generations. Discover how this delicate plant has carried the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it.


Flood

1 Season 2008 13+

When a storm coincides with high tide, it unleashes a colossal tidal surge which travels down England’s east coast and into the River Thames. Torrents of water pour into the city. The lives of millions of Londoners are at stake. Top marine engineer Rob and his father Leonard Morrison rush to the aid of his ex-wife, Sam, to try to save a city on the brink of annihilation.


Friday Prime Video playlist, 6 March 2020

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Cat Heaven Island

55min 2016 7+

Cats – hundreds and hundreds of them – define the quiet island of Tashirojima. They have just a handful of elderly human residents for company, who maintain a life steeped in fading but beautiful Japanese culture. This heart-warming documentary explores how a tight-knit community of ever more wizened pensioners find joy in their unique island identity, and affection from their feline friends.


Rise of the Great White Shark

49min 2017 ALL

This film traces the rise of the Great White Shark 11 million years ago in the wake of dramatic changes in Earth’s oceans and climate. At the end of an age dominated by giant ocean predators, white sharks evolved in tandem with seals and other pinnipeds in response to cooling conditions. This film is the result of a decade of filming white sharks by renowned “Shark Week” cameraman Andy Casagrande.


What’s With Wheat?

1h 18min 2017

‘What’s With Wheat?’ is a hard hitting investigation into the growing epidemic of wheat & gluten intolerance, and why after eating wheat for thousands of years, it has been linked to so many health problems.


Return of the River

(12)7.31h 11min201613+A documentary infused with hope, Return of the River explores an unlikely victory for environmental justice and restoration.The film follows a group of committed tribal members and activists who attempt the impossible: to change the public opinion of a town and eventually the nation to bring two dams down. Ultimately the community comes to consensus, launching the largest dam removal in history.


Dirty Paradise

1h 10min 2010 ALL

One last piece of South America belongs to Europe: French Guyana – where the native Wayna Indians live in an almost paradisiacal world. But criminal gold diggers occupy and pollute the land with mercury, through their primitive extraction techniques.


Friday Prime Video playlist, 28 Feb 2020

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Breathless

58min 2018 7+

Following the deaths of his father and many others from his village, filmmaker Daniel Lambo sets off on a passionate quest to find the truth about the deadly asbestos industry. His search takes him to the largest asbestos waste dump in India and unveils a cold-blooded industry still endangering the lives of workers and consumers around the world.


A River Below

1h 27min 2017 13+

Deep in the Amazon, the pink river dolphin is being hunted to extinction. Two activists are working tirelessly to protect the species. Yet as their efforts to raise public awareness become increasingly complex, a scandal erupts and serious ethical questions are raised. This surprising doc digs into the complexities of the modern media and the moral dangers of using the ends to justify the means.


Ocean Odyssey: The Blue Realm

Season 1 2020 ALL

The Blue Realm is a natural history series about amazing creatures of the sea. Utilizing superb HD imagery, engaging stories and leading marine scientists the series takes viewers on extraordinary journeys of discovery! The Blue realm is produced by a team of film-makers and expert divers, all of whom have a passion for the sea and our marine environments.


Food Choices

1h 31min 2016 ALL

This new ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. And also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet.


After the Spill

1h 2min 2016 13+

Hurricane Katrina was horrific for the coast of Louisiana. The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon – the worst ecological disaster in North American history – was devastating. But now Louisiana faces an even greater threat: its land is literally disappearing.


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David Attenborough’s First Life

Season 1 2010 13+

In fifty years of broadcasting, Sir David Attenborough has travelled the globe to document the living world in all its wonder. Now, in the landmark series First Life, he goes back in time in search of the very first animals. First Life is told with stunning photography, state of the art visual effects and the captivating charm of the world’s favourite naturalist.


Vanishing of the Bees

1h27min 2012 16+

This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee. The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives.



Papua 3D

1h 3min 2012 ALL

Papua, the home island of the cannibals in the far Pacific Ocean. Guinea contains many islands which are significantly diversified by enormous mountains, swamps, highlands and huge rocks. The spectacular wildlife & the unspoiled wilderness makes Papua New Guinea one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth. It is also one of the most rural, as only 18 percent of its people live in urban centers. The country is one of the world’s least explored, culturally and geographically, and many undiscovered species of plants and animals live there. Experience the amazing underwater life of the Pacific Ocean, the interesting cultures and secrets of the cannibals all filmed in High Definition!


Vegucated

1h 15min 2011 18+


Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.


Friday Prime Video playlist, 14 Feb 2020

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Planet Rethink

56min 2012 ALL

Featuring experts and case studies from across the globe, Planet Rethink shows how our dependency on cheap energy is jeopardizing our survival, and how we need to increase resource efficiency and recycling of critical materials. Wind, solar, and other renewable industries are ready for the future, but is humanity? Seems we have trouble simply separating paper from plastic!


The Prophet

48min 2010 18+

This adventure sport documentary follows one of the UK’s top climbers Leo Houlding as he revisits his 10 year project; The Prophet, an exceptionally steep, loose and difficult route on the east face of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Leo describes the route as “the wildest climb I’ve ever been on.” This has to be seen to be believed.


Return to Earth

47min 2019 13+

Time is either spent wisely, or it is just spent. Second after second; moment after moment, they’re all there for the taking. Return to Earth is a cinematic journey into the simple act of living completely in those moments by riding bikes.


Under an Arctic Sky

(40)7.040min20177+

A group of surfers along with photographer Chris Burkard, journey to Iceland’s north coast in search of perfect waves during the largest storm in 25 years.


Wiebo’s War

1h 33min 2011 18+

Wiebo’s War tells the story of a Christian community at war with the oil and gas industry. Wiebo Ludwig is the prime suspect in a recent string of pipeline bombings. The bombings echo a campaign of sabotage he waged against the oil and gas industry in the 90s – barricading roads, blowing up wells and culminating in the unsolved death of a sixteen-year-old girl on his family’s farm.


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Climate Refugees

1h 23min 2010

This documentary elucidates what transpires when an overpopulated world, dwindling resources, and a shifting climate all collide-an intersection of humanity that many call the greatest challenge mankind will ever face. If an “Inconvenient Truth” depicted what causes climate change, this film illuminates the calamity that we kindle by continuing to facilitate climate change.


Earth’s Survival

52min 2014 13+

Made in consultation with the IPCC and world-leading climate scientists, this groundbreaking documentary explains the headlines that are addressed in the Fifth Assessment Report in 2015, and how we may be in the middle of the most crucial moment of Earth’s history. It decodes thousands of pages of scientific data into easy to understand science, punctuated in places by clever, creative CGI.


Superfish: Bluefin Tuna – Narrated by David Attenborough

52min 2012 ALL

This is the story of a giant among fish, narrated by the renowned British naturalist David Attenborough. Few people have seen, let alone filmed it in the wild. For marine biologist and wildlife cameraman Rick Rosenthal, documenting the bluefin was the ultimate challenge. Join him as he sets off to uncover its secrets, while documenting its place in the grand scheme of the vast marine ecosystem.


Don’t Flush Your Freedom

1h 2015 ALL

This documentary was filmed over the course of a year and is set in New Mexico, Malawi and the Philippines. It provides an up close and personal view of the EARTHSHIP world and “Biotecture” as invented by the American architect Mike Reynolds. It documents a revolution, whose central tenants are radical sustainability, without compromise, to transcend the staid social and economic norms.


Caviar Dreams

15min 2017 7+

Caviar Dreams delves into the complex world of caviar, weaving a tapestry of tales that leaves you knowing more than you ever thought possible about this unique delicacy. Beyond the assumed glamour and luxury, we uncover a story of over-fishing, poaching, near extinction, and a quest for sustainability as we journey through the history, culture, and environmental impact of this status symbol.


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Running for Good

1h 14min 2018 ALL

From Executive Producer James Cromwell and award-winning director Keegan Kuhn comes Running for Good the feature-length sports documentary following world record marathon runner Fiona Oakes in her attempt not only to set a new global record in endurance racing, but to compete in the “toughest footrace on earth,” the Marathon Des Sables, a 250km race through the Sahara Desert.


Of Fish and Foe

Be the first to review this item6.01h 31min201816+

The Pullars are the last family using traditional methods to fish for wild Atlantic salmon off the coast of Scotland. When these include killing seals, the salmon’s natural predators, conflict erupts. Animal activist groups Sea Shepherd and Hunt Saboteurs oppose the Pullars at every turn. Challenging preconceptions, this ambiguous doc puts modern environmentalism under the microscope.


The God Plant

1h 50min 2018 13+

The ultimate Odyssey of exploration, looking at Cannabis, from its first formation in the Endocannabinoid System of the sea squirt, to its early uses and medical benefits, landing at the modern legislation movements worldwide. Where the income generated through taxation could be re-invested back into hospitals, roads, fire departments, scientific research, community projects and the list goes on.


The Age of Stupid

1h 28min 2009 13+

It’s the year 2055 and the world has been ravaged by climate change. London is underwater, Sydney is on fire and nuclear war has ravaged India. An archivist looks back at footage from 2008 to understand why humankind failed to stop this disaster. From the director of McLibel and starring Pete Postlethwaite, this provocative film warns of the dire consequences of our failure to stop climate change.


The True Cost

(150)7.71h 32min201513+

This is a story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry has on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing?