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The Environmental Challenges of MegaCities – Professor Carolyn Roberts

Faced with escalating population pressure and new construction technologies, western architects are designing cities in the skies, and under the sea. If built, these will sit alongside older metropolitan areas such as London, Tokyo and Shanghai, where more and more people are squeezing into built-up areas. The era of megacities is already with us, and …

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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.  

TED: Pamela Ronald | The case for engineering our food

Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1950s — and makes the …

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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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Motherboard: Deep Sea Fish Farming in Geodesic Domes

In this episode of Upgrade, Motherboard goes to Baja California, Mexico to get a firsthand look at these free floating pods, and to get an understanding for why we need better ways to cultivate our future food sources. Whether it’s found on a plate of sushi, grilled in our backyard, or thrown on pasta, seafood …

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The Verge: What is the future of food?

How do you make more food with less farmable land? It’s a tricky problem with no one obvious solution. What will we eat in the year 2100? In this week’s Big Future, Arielle Duhaime-Ross takes a look at what we might eat in the future, and how we’ll produce it. It’s a tricky question, as …

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Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and …

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Jackie Savitz: Save the oceans, feed the world!

What’s a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world’s oceans might just help to feed the planet’s billion hungriest people. In an eye-opening talk, Savitz tells us what’s really going on in our global fisheries right now — it’s not good — and offers smart suggestions of how …

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Davos 2014 Panel Discussion: Rethinking Global Food Security

What environmental, societal and economic forces are reshaping the global context for food security? Dimensions to be addressed: – Changing climate and weather patterns – Addressing demands of an emerging global middle class – Strengthening efficient agricultural value chains Speakers: · Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria · Shenggen Fan, …

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10 Years of the First PhD in Sustainable Development with Jeffrey Sachs & Joseph Stiglitz

Published on Mar 20, 2014 The School of International and Public Affairs and The Earth Institute, Columbia University present, “Celebrating 10 Years of the First PhD in Sustainable Development: Research Challenges in Sustainable Development.” Panelists: Joseph E. Stiglitz University Professor Co-director, Sustainable Development PhD Program Jeffrey D. Sachs Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor …

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Rich Pancost: How biogeochemical cycles have regulated the global climate system throughout Earth history

Prof Rich Pancost’s (Director of the Cabot Institute) inaugural lecture February 2014 titled From the land to the rivers to the sea: How biogeochemical cycles have regulated the global climate system throughout Earth history. The Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol carries out fundamental and responsive research on risks and uncertainty in a changing …

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Panel Discussion: How to Feed a Growing Planet

In the next 30 years, global population is estimated to surpass 9 billion people. Will there be too many people, and too little food? How will climate, politics, and economics impact food systems and food security on our growing planet? Join NBC News Chief Science and Health Correspondent Robert Bazell as he moderates an exciting …

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University of Chicago: Clean Energy 2030: Building a Sustainable Future

Twice a year, the University of Chicago offers the Joint Speaker Series for members of the University, Argonne, and Fermilab communities to foster new interactions. The program provides a setting for all three communities to gather informally around topic areas outside of standard specialties. The eighth program in the series, “Clean Energy 2030: Building a …

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John Fullerton and Hunter Lovins: Rethinking global finance

As written by John Fullerton and Hunter Lovins; Science tells us we are in ecological overshoot. We are using Earth’s resources faster than they can be regenerated. So, too, are we in economic and financial overshoot, propelled by a financial system that demands growth with no concern for the environment and little regard for human …

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