Tag archives for Environment

What We Learned From This Season of Live Free or Die

The first season of Live Free or Die comes to an end tonight, and with it concludes the cast’s bizarre DIY crafts and interesting diets. And though the show’s producers dedicated plenty of screen time to the beliefs and ideological motivations of each “back-to-nature” subject, the show really shone when the cast members put their…

How to Grow Vegetables, Courtesy of Live Free Or Die

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…

Here Are Four Species You Won’t Find Outside of Appalachia

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…

Will Climate Change Kill the Ginseng Trade?

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…

The Huanorani Tribe: Rainforest Masters and Legendary Survivalists

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…

Filming From a Great White Shark’s Perspective: The Revolutionary Tech Behind the Shot

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…

Coral Reefs: How Humans Have Devastated the Rainforests of the Ocean

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…

5 Essential Ice Fishing Facts: New Series “Ice Holes” Premieres Tonight!

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…

Arctic Wisdom: Sue Goes Down

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…