Tag archives for Environment

Though the cast of Live Free Or Die are positioned as back-to-nature technophobes, they’re also children of modern society who know precisely when to take ethical shortcuts that don’t compromise their values too much. Put another way, they’ll use technology if there is no reliable workaround. Colbert occasionally drives a truck; he also has a hunting rife in…

The ginseng hunters on Smoky Mountain Money are on a tight schedule – ‘senging season is short – and probably aren’t always sensitive to the environment around them (save threats and signs of ginseng). But even with that nose-to-the-ground work ethic, it can be difficult to ignore the sheer volume of wildlife crowded onto the…

It’s in energy drinks and dietary supplements. People take it to stimulate their immune system, lose weight and even cure erectile dysfunction. And while it is cultivated en masse on large, specialized farms, most harvesters would rather scour a mountaintop to find increasingly scarce quantities of it. Ginseng is a strange crop. Widely sought-after for…

In this era of smart technology and fast food, how many of us would be able to survive in the harshest, toughest environments in the world without any of modernity’s wonders?  Survival instructor and wilderness guide Hazen Audel is determined to find out how he stacks up against some of the most remote tribal communities…

Shark scientist Dr. Taylor Chapple and wildlife filmmaker and shark enthusiast Andy Casagrande are on a mission that could change the very basis of shark studies.  Tonight on Die Trying: Great White Ambush, a team of determined shark experts and engineers set out to get the video of a lifetime: a great white shark’s breach…

5 Bear Myths Debunked

Throughout this season of The Savage Line, the animal guards have showcased their limited non-lethal options in dealing with bears that threaten human populations. Killing these predators is oftentimes illegal, unwise or unethical, so the guards leaned on their professional knowledge of animal behavior to find ways to discourage the bears from entering settlements. Scientific…

Tonight’s Fish Tank Kings features a customer called Craig who wants Living Color to create a replica of his personal favorite place and one of the top snorkeling spots in the United States, Looe Key.  The reefs there are full of beautiful coral and colorful fish, and it is no wonder that Craig wants easy…

Summertime is here, and many Americans are going out on boats or casting off the side of piers to nab a bigger and better catch than last year. But while seasonal anglers may prefer the warmer months, others won’t be stopped by winter weather or freezing lakes. This Friday, catch the premiere of the all-new…

Sue Aikens embodies resilience. The sole resident of Kavik, Alaska, Sue run a camp by herself and lives a completely self-sufficient life. She’s survived floods, storms and bear attacks, and stays sane living in complete solitude for much of the year. It’s hard to think of anything that can take Sue down. On this week’s…

Last night’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey explored the secret underlying the birth of modern technology, the makeup of our natural world and the scientific theories that inspired Albert Einstein: magnets. Far more than just the trinkets that decorate our refrigerator doors, magnetic forces guide the course of our planet through the universe, governing all motion…

In this week’s episode of Filthy Riches, mushroom hunters Chris Matherly and Levena Holmes go searching through the forests of Michigan to find a species of rare wild mushroom fungus called Laetiporus or “chicken of the woods.” The duo’s quota could yield up to $1,000 for a day’s work. Ingredients like chicken of the woods,…

This week’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey takes us on a journey through 350 million years of climate change. Dramatic atmospheric shifts created human life as we know it today through a constant process of demolition and rebuilding, a violent past that wiped out all life hundreds of millions of years ago as the Earth’s temperature…

Happy Earth Day, earth-dweller! Perhaps nobody celebrates the planet we call home better than Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose hosting duties on COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey double as an excuse for him to geek out over nature. In honor of Earth Day, we’re going on a virtual nature walk with Tyson, exploring the most unique and…

Falter and die. Surviving on the Arctic tundra requires constant awareness: when to be silent, when to reach for a gun, when to flee. On Life Below Zero, wilderness guide Erik Salitan lives a self-sufficient lifestyle 67 miles north of the Arctic Circle, braving harsh elements and deadly wildlife to survive in total freedom. To…

Tonight, the Troopers are back. An all-new season of Alaska State Troopers follows the group of policemen tasked to enforce one of America’s most  unforgiving terrains – hundreds of miles of rugged Alaskan terrain. Their backup may be located days away, but that can’t stop the team from responding by land, air, and sea, on duty…

Surviving in the remote Alaskan wilderness requires living a life of strength and preparedness. In anticipation of Life Below Zero‘s Season Two premiere, National Geographic Channel presents Life Below Zero Demands, an interactive experience documenting the skills LBZ‘s residents need to survive. For Sue Aikens, her life of perseverance requires zero weakness, as she’s responsible…

When your life is derailed, seek comfort off the beaten track. That’s the goal of Going Wild, which takes ordinary people struggling with difficult situations off the grid. Through volcanoes, up mountains, under water and into the most unforgiving environments on earth, Going Wild gives its participants a way out of their daily struggles, allowing…

Tonight, say goodbye to the most interesting man in the woods. Mick Dodge’s weird, wild journey navigating a subsistence lifestyle in the Hoh Rainforest concludes with tonight’s finale. On “The Harvest,” Mick embarks on an important mission to stock up on food before the impending winter months. His prize: chanterelle, a type of mushroom considered a…

If a tree is stolen in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Animal poaching isn’t the only theft of resources that criminals inflict on nature. Tree poaching, the illegal harvesting of trees in private farms, state parks and protected woods, is less publicized but equally destructive…

Tonight, the Ultimate Survival: Alaska crews go ‘Over the Falls’, taking on a watery gauntlet of 70-foot waterfalls and dangerous open seas.  However, the treachery of Alaska’s terrain extends further than just its waters. Get to know the dangers of the Last Frontier, from hidden crevasses to 98% of America’s brown bear population, with our handy…

Tonight, Big Bad Wood‘s season of felling trees, wrangling unruly crewmates and fighting for clients in suburban Boston concludes. On the season finale, the four Boston tree companies face challenges that could permanently alter their businesses. Owner Jay Malouf surprises Specialized Rigging and Tree Care greenhorn Ted with a formidable task: taking down his first…

Military, Woodsmen, Mountaineers and Endurance: the four teams on Ultimate Survival: Alaska are equally matched and eager to win. Tonight, the teams set off on the Alaska Panhandle from Chichagof Island. Their routes will take them through the dangerous heart of bear country, home to more brown bears per square mile than any other place on earth. After winning…

America’s cities wouldn’t be complete without their urban parks, from the centuries-old Boston Common to Millennium Park’s modern architecture. Learn more about exceptional city parks from each region of the country. New England: Boston Common This year, Boston placed third in the Trust for Public Land’s annual rankings of America’s most park-friendly cities. The oldest urban…

After a long summer of battling the thaw, Life Below Zero‘s Alaskan adventurers are running on empty. On tonight’s season finale, it’s a Long Road Home for the four camps of wilderness dwellers, as they brace themselves for the treacherous winter ahead. Struggling all summer to scrape by on Chandalar’s dwindling food supply, Glenn needs help. Resources…

Meet the Hailstones – one large Alaskan family who all follow the Inupiat Eskimo ways of life. Chip Hailstone, 43, and his native Inupiaq wife Agnes, 41, live with their seven children on Alaska’s Kobuk River, 19 miles north from the Arctic Circle. Their tiny, isolated town of Noorvik has a population of less than…