The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight. The Nature of Things entertains and inspires audiences by engaging with the people and personalities behind the science. From the search for other life in the universe to the psychology of babies, from the furry animals that invade your backyard to the consequences of human progress, The Nature of Things throws open the door to the wonder and accomplishments of science.

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Episodes

The Nature of Things Arctic Meltdown: A Changing World (Part 1 of 3)

In Episode 1 of the Arctic Meltdown series, we see the changes that are upsetting the scientific predictions of the impact of climate change on the Arctic. Now, one sobering forecast is that the Arctic Ocean will be seasonally ice free by the summer of 2013. This possibility is what drives environmentalists to identify ways to minimize the changes affecting ...
  • 2009
  • 00:44:38
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Arctic Meltdown: Adapting to Change (Part 3 of 3)

Episode 3 of the Arctic Meltdown series from The Nature of Things tracks two different Arctics — one that is the storybook land of ice, snow and polar bears and the other that is covered with petroleum plants and pipelines carrying fossil fuels. Bylot Island is a national park and for 20 years a team of Canadian scientists have come ...
  • 2009
  • 00:44:26
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Arctic Meltdown: The Arctic Passages (Part 2 of 3)

Episode 2 of the Arctic Meltdown series explores the Northwest Passage and how these dangerous waters are suddenly becoming accessible to businesses and shipping. Ports like Churchill, Manitoba and Murmansk, Russia expect to see business grow in years to come. Until recently, only a few ships braved travel through these ice-strewn waters. More and more ships cross these seas each ...
  • 2009
  • 00:43:18
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Bat and Man: Unlocking the Secrets of Bats

Bats have been around since the time of the dinosaurs and they have adapted and thrived in virtually every corner of the planet. In this fascinating documentary, renowned researcher Dr. Brock Fenton and other scientists help us make sense of these strange and astonishing mammals. More than merely a hardy and adaptable species, they are scientifically extraordinary creatures — in ...
  • 2009
  • 00:43:57
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Inuit Odyssey

Inuit Odyssey follows Canadian Arctic anthropologist Niobe Thompson on a visually stunning journey across the North to trace the origins of the modern Inuit. In a circumpolar expedition stretching from the ancient hearth of Thule culture in Siberia, to the high Arctic home of the gentle Dorset people, and to the final battleground of the Thule and the Norse in Greenland, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:44:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Living City: A Critical Guide Classroom Favourites

Despite Canada’s overwhelming urban demographic, Canadian cities struggle to provide the services expected of them, whether that means collecting garbage and fixing potholes or running schools and public transit systems. Award-winning urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume takes a cross-country journey from Halifax to Vancouver and gives the viewer a firsthand look at what’s wrong with Canada’s aging infrastructure and overall ...
  • 2009
  • 00:44:32
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Masters of Space

Just over 50 years ago, the first satellite was spun into orbit. Space filled us with optimism and awe. But were we just staking out a new war zone? Today, 1000 active satellites are circling the earth. By shutting down a few of them, the infrastructure of an entire country can be paralyzed. For the United States, "full spectrum dominance" ...
  • 2009
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things One Ocean: Footprints in the Sand

Today, two billion people live along or near a coast. By 2025, nearly all ocean shoreline will be inhabited and in use. Overfishing, pollution, over-population, and over-development of our coasts are having deadly consequences. The ocean that once seemed inexhaustible is buckling under the weight of our demands. Footprints in the Sand reveals the devastating impact of human activity on the ocean, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:43:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things One Ocean: Mysteries of the Deep

As technology improves, scientists are descending deeper and deeper into the planet's last frontier. Our modern-day explorers are in a race to map and observe the ocean's depths before human appetites and reckless exploitation destroy its undiscovered wonders. Mysteries of the Deep joins a team of scientists, ranging from biologists to volcanologists, on an international expedition to the Mariana Arc, on the ...
  • 2009
  • 00:44:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things One Ocean: The Birth of an Ocean

More than four billion years ago, the most important event in Earth’s history took place — the ocean was born. It completely transformed the planet, creating a watery oasis that gave rise to the air we breathe, our climate, and a stunning array of life, including the critical species that first crawled out of the sea to inhabit land. The ...
  • 2009
  • 00:43:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013