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Category: Technology: Environmental Tech

Discussion: Technology and Affordability – Water Climate and Society: Challenges in a Rapidly Changing World

Water is one of the most important natural resources. This panel explores the innovations in technology and affordability of water, waste water and the economics and regulation of water. Moderator: Richard Luthy, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford. Panel: Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security; David Sedlak, Co-Director, Berkeley Water …

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Greg Asner: Ecology from the air

FILMED JUN 2013 • POSTED NOV 2013 • TEDGlobal 2013 What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a …

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Milken institute: Creating Smarter Cities

In this discussion hosted by the Milken Insitute, the future of cities are discussed. At this juncture, we have good notion of what a 21st century city should look like. In many ways, though, our cities don’t match that picture. Among those concerns is the effect of declining municipal finances on urban infrastructure that’s in …

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CO2 absorbing lamps

French biochemist Pierre Calleja and his team has built a “lamp” by using algae to absorb 150 times more carbon dioxide than a regular tree. The algae in the lamp absorbs CO2 and convert as much CO2 in a year as a regular tree does throughout its lifetime. These lamps are composed of a tube containing algae, …

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Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities

How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need — while reducing the time we spend in cars.

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