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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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TED: Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali | Melati and Isabel Wijsen

Plastic bags are essentially indestructible, yet they’re used and thrown away with reckless abandon. Most end up in the ocean, where they pollute the water and harm marine life; the rest are burned in garbage piles, where they release harmful dioxins into the atmosphere. Melati and Isabel Wijsen are on a mission to stop plastic …

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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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Shou-En Zhu: Getting to grips with graphene

Graphene, a nano-structure, has many different usages. For instance, imagine a world where you would be able to desalinate water with a tool that can fit in your pocket or windows that can produce power because of it’s conductivity and clarity. Imagine all electronic devices fully charged in 10 minutes or electronic devices embedded in …

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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 Muggah: How to protect fast-growing cities from failing

Worldwide, violence is on the decline, but in the crowded cities of the global south — cities like Aleppo, Bamako and Caracas — violence is actually accelerating, fueled by the drug trade, mass unemployment and civil unrest. Security researcher Robert Muggah turns our attention toward these “fragile cities,” super-fast-growing places where infrastructure is weak and …

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MilkenInstitute: Energy | Powering the Green Economy

California leads the nation in energy-efficiency standards, thanks to legislation that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emission levels by 2020 through smarter energy use and adopting renewable technologies. How is the cap-and-trade program performing in cutting emissions and generating revenue? What’s our track record in implementing solar, wind and other forms of renewables? Is additional …

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The Aspen Institute: Wheels of Change: What’s Driving the Future of Urban Mobility

Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal, Bloomberg Associates Donald Shoup, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, UCLA John Zimmer, Co-Founder and President, Lyft Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic Presented by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the second annual CityLab: Global Solutions to …

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Aalto University: Researchers convert CO2 into a valuable resource

Researchers have opened a pilot plant that converts carbon dioxide and slag, the by-product of steel manufacturing, into a valuable mineral product. The product, Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC), is used in e.g. plastics, papers, rubbers and paints. The innovative plant represents the next stage prior commercialization of a new process that consumes carbon dioxide in …

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Aspen Institute discussion: Global Trends That Will Affect us All: Are We Ready?

By 2030, no country is likely to be a globally hegemonic power, and four megatrends will have shaped international relations: accelerated individual empowerment; the continued rebalancing of the (economic) world; novel and diverging demographic patterns; and scarcity and uncertainty in global resources. Multinational companies — as well as multilateral organizations (World Bank, IMF) and NGOs …

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Geert Hofstede: Business Goals for a Sustainable World Economy

Record date: Monday 28th October 2013 Location: School of Business and Economics Title: Business Goals For A Sustainable World Economy – Beyond Growth, Greed and Quarterly Results Speaker: Prof. Emeritus Geert Hofstede Maastricht University – School of Business and Economics  

Paul Polman: Project sunlight: Creating the right climate for growth

The Grantham Annual Lecture 2014 was delivered by Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. Talking about economic growth and climate change. There is no trade off between the two according to Polman. Hosted by The Imperial College London.  

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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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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Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

FILMED FEB 2013 • POSTED FEB 2014  • TED2013 Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger …

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Food Population and Security – Water Climate and Society: Challenges in a Rapidly Changing World

Explore climate change issues with a focus on food and agriculture, population and security. Moderator: Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One at The Commonwealth Club. Panelists: Claire Kremen, Director, Berkeley Food Institute and Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley; Solomon Hsiang, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Malcolm Potts, Director, Bixby …

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Charles Moore: Plastic Ocean

Webcast sponsored by Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by UBC Reads Sustainability. Captain Charles Moore, a scientist and activist, discusses “The Greatest Infection of the Sea” detailed in his acclaimed new book Plastic Ocean. Learn the shocking truth about the unintended consequences of the “Age of Plastics”, how we got here, & what …

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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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Johan Rockström: What it is like living in the Anthropocene?

Presentation by Johan Rockström, in connection with the Switched on Nature hackathon, 5-6 December 2013. The Anthropocene a geologic chronological term that marks the evidence and the extent of human activities having a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. The Stockholm Resilience Centre is a new international centre that advances transdisciplinary research for governance …

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