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Green Matters: Eco Surfboards, Tibetan Glaciers, Whale Sharks (2007)
While surfers love the outdoors, it turns out that, until now, nearly all the boards they rode were made of fiberglass and petroleum-based chemicals and not eco-friendly at all. The Brazilian government struggles to find ways to bring the deforestation of the Amazon under control. Every autumn, whale sharks – the world largest fish, up to 65 feet long – migrate to an area near the Yucatan to feed at the surface. In the Philippines, netting made from coconut fibers is employed in preventing devastating mudslides. The extreme weather associated with climate change often has disastrous consequences, but in the case of a sudden cold snap in Estonia, the country’s highest waterfall was transformed into a magical landscape. Glaciers in Tibet are receding at alarming rates, and the consequences will be far-reaching and catastrophic.