Environment: LA River - for iPad/Mac/PC

Environment: LA River - for iPad/Mac/PC

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Who killed the river that runs through Los Angeles? Did you even know there was a river? Using a mix of archive and new footage , this album tells the fascinating story of a city that has ignored the benefits of its river for decades. Now waking up to the fact that it could be a green belt with more acreage than all of Central Park, river activists are fighting developers to bring back nature to central Los Angeles. Up till now the city conquered the threat of floods by concreting over the river to make it the backbone of the urban drainage system, overriding the needs of deprived local communities. But laying ever more concrete and asphalt is no longer the way to meet 21st Century environmental needs; an alternative approach to flood protection and habitat restoration is necessary. This material forms part of The Open University course U216 Environment.
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Who killed the river that runs through Los Angeles? Did you even know there was a river? Using a mix of archive and new footage , this album tells the fascinating story of a city that has ignored the benefits of its river for decades. Now waking up to the fact that it could be a green belt with more acreage than all of Central Park, river activists are fighting developers to bring back nature to central Los Angeles. Up till now the city conquered the threat of floods by concreting over the river to make it the backbone of the urban drainage system, overriding the needs of deprived local communities. But laying ever more concrete and asphalt is no longer the way to meet 21st Century environmental needs; an alternative approach to flood protection and habitat restoration is necessary. This material forms part of The Open University course U216 Environment.
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Environment: LA River

12 Apr 2010 | 01 min 12 secs

Environment: LA Rive...

12 Apr 2010 | 01 min 12 secs

Who Killed the LA River?

01 Jun 2009 | 05 mins 24 secs

Who Killed the LA Ri...

01 Jun 2009 | 05 mins 24 secs

Rediscovering the LA Rive...

01 Jun 2009 | 05 mins 13 secs

Rediscovering the LA...

01 Jun 2009 | 05 mins 13 secs

LA: Chinatown Yard

01 Jun 2009 | 04 mins 59 secs

LA: Chinatown Yard

01 Jun 2009 | 04 mins 59 secs

LA: Developers versus Riv...

01 Jun 2009 | 05 mins 11 secs

LA: Developers versu...

01 Jun 2009 | 05 mins 11 secs

Bringing the LA River to ...

01 Jun 2009 | 07 mins 36 secs

Bringing the LA Rive...

01 Jun 2009 | 07 mins 36 secs