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Category: Environment: Sustainability

Harvard University: More Ocean, Less Plastic | Anna Cummins

The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is now a recognized threat to the health of our global marine ecosystems. We need new solutions to this ubiquitous plague. The project ‘5 Gyres’ has spent the last seven years surveying plastic pollution across the world’s subtropical gyres, oceanic systems that concentrate floating debris. The goal …

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A young inventor’s plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam — none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful.  

Nobel Prize: Six Nobel Laureates discuss the flavor of creativity | 2016 Nobel Week Dialogue

Nobel laureates Muhammad Yunus (2006 Nobel Peace Prize), Richard J. Roberts (1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine), Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine), Elizabeth Blackburn (2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine), Steven Chu (1997 Nobel Prize in Physics), Angus Deaton (2015 Prize in Economic Sciences) speak about the concept of …

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Nexus Media Studios: What Is 3D Farming?

As it becomes less and less arable land around the world and we humans are getting more numerous – we need to find new ways to secure the food supply in the future. To grow things under water may be just one of those ways, according to the company Thimble Island Ocean Farm.  

Stockholm Resilience Centre: Changes in our oceans compared to changes on land | Malin Pinsky

Are ocean ecosystems moving in the same direction as terrestrial ones? Seminar with Malin Pinsky, 16 September 2016 The same ecological and evolutionary processes operate in both marine and terrestrial environments, and yet marine ecosystems have substantially different physical conditions, geographic patterns, and taxonomic diversity than ecosystems on land. Given these differences, do the process …

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University of California: Reimagining Food Waste | Panel Discussion

Food waste in the United States is at an all-time high. More than 40 percent of all edible food is tossed out each year and half of that is fresh but slightly imperfect produce. What to do? A panel of experts convened by Kitchens for Good and the Berry Good Food Foundation explores how to …

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TED: Charles Moore: Seas of plastic

This talk was held in 2009, since then, not much has happened to deal with the enormous environmental problem of plastics – unable to be broken down in nature – that accumulate in the worlds oceans. Captain Charles Moore was the man who discovered the Pacific Gyre. The vast waste of trash that swirls in …

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Harvard University: Food waste reduction key to combating climate change

Forty percent of food produced in the United States goes uneaten, according to lecturer on Law Emily Broad Leib, the director of Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, who was awarded a research grant in the inaugural year of Harvard President Drew Faust’s Climate Change Solutions Fund. Broad Leib’s project, “Reducing Food Waste …

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TEDx: Alexandra Paul: Overpopulation facts – the problem no one will discuss

Actress Alexandra Paul breaks the silence on one of the most taboo subjects of our time: human overpopulation and how to resolve the crisis that is adding 220,000 more people to the planet every day. In this fact filled talk, Alexandra discusses the overpopulation problems of 7 billion humans multiplying at a rate of 1 …

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TED: Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that’s equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.  

The RSA: David Attenborough: People and Planet

Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough presents the 2011 RSA President’s Lecture. The dangers facing the earth’s ecosystems are well known and the subject of great concern at all levels. Climate change is high on the list. But there is an underlying and associated cause — population growth. The RSA is a non-profit organisation working …

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UCR College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences: Is Earth Overpopulated? by Prof. Rich Cardullo

UC Riverside Biologist Rich Cardullo discusses how increasing human population is impacting the planet. In this hour-long talk in front of a class of middle school students, Cardullo presents data for how human populations have grown at an alarming rate, and how solutions rely on a well-educated public. This is the first talk in the …

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The New York Times Conferences: Panel Discussion: What to Do About Food Loss and Food Waste

Approximately one third of the food produced each year for human consumption — roughly 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. The situation is particularly acute in the developing world. How do we fight the situation? From the 2014 New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference. Jonathan Bloom, author, “American Wasteland,” and food waste …

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Stockholm Resilience Centre: Overcoming barriers to adopt sustainable agriculture?

Seminar by Ram Fishman, assistant professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University The Stockholm Resilience Centre is a new international centre that advances transdisciplinary research for governance of social-ecological systems with a special emphasis on resilience – the ability to deal with change and continue to develop. It is a joint initiative …

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TEDx: Boyan Slat | How the oceans can clean themselves

18-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered; “why can’t we clean this up?” While still being on secondary school, he then decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and …

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GE: Neil DeGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye | Is ‘Mad Max’ Our Future?

GE works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.  

HBO: VICE | GMO Savior Seeds?

Isobel Yeung explored the growth of Monsanto’s pestacide resistant GMOs and its consequences. This is her debrief from Season 3 Episode 9 of VICE on HBO.  

Chibi Moku: Architecture Spotlight | Reclaimed Modern by Dwell Development | Seattle, Washington

This new home in Columbia City, US, can claim to not only be energy efficient, nor only to make sustainable use of materials – reclaimed Modern has near net zero energy consumption and is built using reclaimed metal, wood and concrete.  

Robert Swan: Let’s save the last pristine continent

2041 will be a pivotal year for our planet. That year will mark the end of a 50-year agreement to keep Antarctica, the Earth’s last pristine continent, free of exploitation. Explorer Robert Swan — the first person to walk both the North and South Poles — is on a mission to ensure that we extend …

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Tasso Azevedo: Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests

“Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days. Spurred by the jaw-dropping losses of the 1990s, new laws (and transparent data) are helping slow the rate of deforestation in Brazil. Is it enough? Not yet. He …

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