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Category: Environment

Rajendra Pachauri: World’s Climate Change

Fora TV presents Rajendra Pachauri, who shows forecasts the possible effects of global warming, and frames climate change in the context of global security. Rajendra Pachauri is the the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Directo-General of the Indian Energy and Resource Institute (TERI). World’s Climate Change: ‘We Are All in It …

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Garbage Island

VBS join a crew on a trip to the Northern Gyre, a Texas-sized section of the Pacific Ocean irretrievably clogged with garbage that will never go away. After a week of sailing, to reach one of the remotest points on earth, they land upon a giant pool of chemical soup with bits and whole chunks …

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Dan Lubin: What’s Going On With the Sun?

Throughout the past century, while greenhouse gas (GHG) abundances have been steadily increasing and influencing Earth’s climate, the Sun has remained relatively bright and quiescent. Solar cycles have been steadily active, with instantaneous sunspot numbers at solar maximum exceeding 100 in every cycle since 1893 (Cycle 13). The climate warming we have experienced since the …

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Discussion: Environmental Protection: Public or Private Property

Protecting the environment through private property rights: is legislation the best solution? Environmental issues have high priority in the minds of the public as governments across the globe embrace Green initiatives. But is legislation the right solution? This panel will attempt to answer that question while exploring alternative means of protecting the environment through private …

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Vicki Arroyo: Let’s prepare for our new climate

 Set aside the politics: Data shows that climate change is happening, measurably, now. And as Vicki Arroyo says, it’s time to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world — local …

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Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

TED presents Tristram Stuart who talks about the global food waste scandal. Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible — but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources. Tristram Stuart sounds the …

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Rob Dunbar: Climate Change, Corals and Sediments

Much of what we know about the precise nature of “natural climate variability” comes from the study of geological and cryospheric archives of past climate. Cores from large coral colonies reveal sub-monthly changes in ocean conditions extending back several centuries while sediment cores from Antarctic waters tell us about past rapid changes in the Antarctic …

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Camille Seaman: Haunting photos of polar ice

TED presents photographer Camille Seaman, who shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, “The Last Iceberg.”

Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic

Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.

Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil

TED presents Lisa Margonelli who talks about the political chemistry of oil. In the Gulf oil spill’s aftermath of 2010, Lisa Margonelli says drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract from the issue at its heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold plan to wean America off of oil — by confronting …

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Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

  Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature’s banker — assessing the value of the Earth’s assets. Eye-opening charts …

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Al Gore: Averting climate crisis

With the same humor and humanity he exuded in An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore spells out 15 ways that individuals can address climate change immediately, from buying a hybrid to inventing a new, hotter “brand name” for global warming. ”  

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