Rivers - Friend and Foe • episode "7/8" Human Planet

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Human Planet meets people for whom rivers can be both a risk to life and a lifeline.

Human Planet • 0 • 8 episodes •

Oceans - Into the Blue

Documentary about how humans exploit the sea's riches with great ingenuity and bravery.

Environment

Deserts - Life in the Furnace

A look at how the eternal quest for water brings huge challenges and ingenious solutions.

Environment

Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze

Human Planet tells remarkable stories of people who make their homes in the Arctic.

Environment

Jungles - People of the Trees

A look at humans who live in the depths of the rainforest, a perilous environment.

Environment

Mountains - Life in Thin Air

Film which explores the extraordinary ways in which people survive at extreme altitudes.

Environment

Grasslands - Roots of Power

A gallop across the Steppe with extraordinary 'born in the saddle' Mongolian horsemen.

Environment

Rivers - Friend and Foe

Human Planet meets people for whom rivers can be both a risk to life and a lifeline.

Environment

Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle

The city is built to keep untamed nature out, but nature cannot be pushed away.

Environment

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