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  • Season 1
    • The final episode looks at the one environment that's been made by us for us - the city. Over half of the world's population now lives in the urban jungle. The city is built to keep untamed nature out - but nature can't be pushed away. From bed bugs sucking our blood at night to rats in our restaurants, many animals have adapted to a life with us.moreless
    • 4/24/11
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      Water is the essential element of life, yet many millions of us live in parched deserts around the world. From the Tubu women and children who navigate the endless dunes of the Sahara to the men rushing into Antogo Lake to catch the fish trapped as it evaporates, we discover how the eternal quest for water brings huge challenges -- and ingenious solutions -- in the driest places on Earth.moreless
    • 4/17/11
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      The rainforest is home to more species of plants and animals than any other habitat on the planet. But for humans, life there is not as easy as it looks. Life in the trees requires great skill, ingenuity and sheer bravery. The Matis of Brazil carve 4-meter-long blowpipes to hunt monkeys in near total silence. Deep in the Congo forests, Tete defies death by scaling a giant tree using nothing more than a liana vine, and he must then negotiate an angry swarm of bees, all to a collect honey for his family. Most memorable of all, in Brazil we join a unique monitoring flight in search of an un-contacted tribe.moreless
    • 4/17/11
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      Grasslands feed the world. Over thousands of years, we humans have learned to grow grains on the grasslands and domesticate the creatures that live there with great success. Although even today, life in the 'Garden of Eden' isn't always rosy. We walk with the Dorobo people of Kenya as they bravely attempt to scare off a pride of hungry lions from their freshly caught kill. We gallop across the Steppe with extraordinary Mongolian horsemen who were 'born in the saddle'. And in a perfect partnership with nature, built up over generations, Maasi children must literally talk to the birds!moreless
    • 4/17/11
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      The Arctic is the harshest environment on Earth, little food grows, its dark for months on end temperatures stay well below freezing for much of the year. Yet four million people manage to survive here. Human Planet tells remarkable stories of extraordinary people who make their homes in nature's deep freeze.moreless
    • 4/10/11
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      Explore the extraordinary ways in which people survive at extreme altitudes where nature becomes utterly unforgiving. In the Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia the locals have forged an astonishing partnership with golden eagles that hunt for them. On the precipitous cliffs of the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia we join a young boy locked in a dramatic battle with fearsome gelada monkeys, which are hell-bent on raiding his family's meager grain harvest.moreless
    • 4/10/11
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      As an air-breathing animal, the human is not built to survive in water. But people have found ways to live an almost aquatic life so they can exploit the sea's riches. From a 'shark-whispers; in the Pacific to Brazilian fishermen collaborating with the dolphins to catch mullet, this journey into the blue revels astonishing tales of ingenuity and bravery.moreless
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