Planet in Peril: Battle Lines (2008)

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CNN examines the worldwide conflicts between growing populations and natural resources.

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CNN examines the worldwide conflicts between growing populations and natural resources in two hours of reports. Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta go deep into Central African forests to see how hunters may be subjected to virus infections that could potentially spread around the world. Lisa Ling goes to Nigeria to confront a militant group fighting to spread the wealth of the country's oil reserves. Gupta visits a small town in Peru that suffers toxic living conditions because of a major, American-owned smelting plant. Ling investigates the bloody industry of shark finning driven by the demand for shark fin soup. Cooper reports on the state of the Great White Shark and goes swimming with one off the coast of South Africa. Ling travels to a Chad national park to witness the grandeur of the African elephant, but also its demise at the hands of ivory poachers. Finally, Cooper visits a wildlife success story, a mountain gorilla reservation in Rwanda. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Anderson Cooper: It is, at its core, a simple equation of supply and demand: The human population will rise by fifty per cent in the next forty years, and already many of the natural resources that sustain us are nearly gone. Conflict is inevitable. The battle lines are drawn. This is an investigation of the battles over the world's natural resources. Flashpoints around the globe can offer a glimpse into our future. Where the fight for food could lead to the next deadly pandemic. Where the thirst ...
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