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Tag: The Enviroment

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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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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Sarah Harper: 21st Century — The Last Century of Youth

Hosted by the University of Oxford, this talk by professor Sarah Harper looks at the rapidly declining percentage of young people across the world as the population ageing moves across the globe. She asks what implications this will have for societies, their economies and political structures. Professor Harper will also consider the potential collision of …

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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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SRC: An Urbanizing Planet

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 between Stockholm University, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics …

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Discussion: Natural Capital – Are Resources Scarce or Sustainable?

Hosted by The Council on Foreign Relations, this discussion on the topic of natural capital and its future. Blake Clayton, Geoff Dabelko, and Greg Stone discuss natural capital accounting and valuing ecosystem services as key components in promoting sustainable natural resource management, while noting the role of technology in overcoming perceived natural resource scarcity. This …

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Jeffrey Sachs: Future sustainability

Seminar hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre with Jeffrey Sachs on future sustainability. Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist and Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Working with the challenges of economic development, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, debt cancellation, and globalization. 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 …

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Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?

FILMED FEB 2013 • POSTED OCT 2013 • TED2013 TED presents journalist Jason Pontin who looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively … for problems that really matter. In 1969, Buzz Aldrin’s historical step onto the moon leapt mankind into an era of technological possibility. The awesome power of technology was …

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Christopher Schar: Heat Waves in a Changing Climate

Yale University is the host for this lecture by Christopher Schar from the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science. He discusses the relationship of heat waves and changes in climate. Beginning by discussing three historical heat waves, the North American Drought of 1988, the Chicago Heat Wave of 1995 and the Great European Heat Wave …

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Yale University: Food and Sustainability – Access & Impacts

Hosted by the Yale University and moderated by Errol Schweizer, this event features four panelists from Yale who will explore everything from food access and security and their impacts on human health, to sustainable food supply chains and institutional food procurement. Panelists: Patrick Stuebi, Founder & CEO, Fairtrasa Mark Bomford, Director, Yale Sustainable Food Project …

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SLAC Public Lecture: Daniel Friebel | A Blueprint for New Fuel Cell Catalysts

  Lecture Date: Tuesday, March 26th. Daniel Friebel, a SLAC associate staff scientist who studies chemical processes involving catalysts, delivered the March 26 SLAC Public Lecture, “A Blueprint for New Fuel Cell Catalysts.” Friebel’s talk details how X-ray research at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, coupled with sophisticated computations at SLAC’s SUNCAT Center for Interface …

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NASA Hangout Focuses on Wildfires and Climate Change

This NASA Hangout focuses on wildfires and its relation to global warming and a warmer Earth. Since wildfires follow this simple but dangerous equation: Hotter, dryer conditions + more people in the world = a greater likelihood of more ferocious wildfires. In this hangout, NASA scientists and other experts discuss changes expected in the coming decades in …

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Interactive Visioning – Figuring Sea Level Rise

Hosted by the University of California, these two talks asks the following questions and aims to provide the answers. How much will the seas rise in any given spot? When? What impacts will be felt? Who will be obliged to move out of harm’s way? What can be done to mitigate or adapt to these …

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Raj Patel: The Green Revolution

Berkley University of California presents Raj Patel, an award-winning writer, activist, and academic, who talks about the global food crisis, the world food system and the green revolution. Sponsored by the Edible Schoolyard Project www.edibleschoolyard.org and the Epstein Roth Family Foundation. Instructor Michael Pollan.

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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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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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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