All around the world, specialised units of commandos and rangers are fighting the enemies of the environment. Their mission is to break up gangs, often genuine mafias with henchmen, who illegally exploit the planet’s resources. From toxic waste dumping in Italy to illegal fishing in Indonesia, this action-packed series follows the units both on and off the field.
1. Italy: The Mafia’s Toxic Waste
Decades of illegal dumping in Italy haven’t just poisoned the land and water – child cancer rates are unusually high and the air is toxic.
2. Colombia: Clearing the Forests
We accompany the soldiers trying to protect the Colombian Amazon and see how illegally logged timber enters the global market.
3. French Guyana
Gold panning is illegal in French Guyana, and soldiers destroy clandestine mines. But the illegal migrants who work there have little other option.
4. South Africa: Stopping the Rhino Poachers
We join rangers, in charge of protecting SA's national parks, on patrol and visit an orphanage for baby rhinos whose parents were killed by poachers.
5. Indonesia: Illegal Fishing
One fish in four is caught illegally. But Indonesia's Minister of Marine and Fisheries has a novel approach to dealing with the pirates – blowing up and sinking their ships.