Environment and Natural History

This episode focuses on the town of Marysville, 95 kilometres north of Melbourne. Thirty four men, women and children lost their lives in a fire that police now believe was deliberately lit.

Australia is in the midst of a water crisis ... no longer is this a story of drought in the bush – it’s reached right into our city suburbs.

Across the world, coral reefs are turning into marine deserts. It's estimated that more than a quarter have been lost and that 40 per cent could be gone by 2010.

The story of the incredible struggle for survival of the land and marine iguanas; the dragons of the Galapagos Archipelago.

On Christmas Eve 1974, Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin. It was the largest natural disaster in Australian History.

'A thoughtful, surprising and really important film'

DAVID SUZUKI environmental guru, author, presenter of 'The Nature of Things'

Fourteen billion years of evolution is being swayed by a thousand years of human excess.

Catholic Bishop Chris Toohey is acutely aware of climate change. His western NSW diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes is the size of France and in the grip of deep drought.

In the green hills of South East Queensland, there's a Buddhist commune called Frogs Hollow. Curled amidst lush rainforest, peaceful streams and abundant wildlife, it seems tranquil enough.

Can we trust science to keep our water safe to drink? Drought, increasing populations and shifting rainfall patterns are placing ever greater demands on our water supplies.