Stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. "We have had to invent our own rules," she says.


We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what are the factors making bee colonies so vulnerable to collapse? Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard to get a close up view. This National Geographic projct gives a glimpse into a beehive, and reveals one of the biggest threats to its health, a mite that preys on baby bees in their first 21 days of life. With footage set to music from Rob Moose and the Magik Orchestra, Varma shows the problem ... and what’s being done to solve it. 



There is no longer any doubt: We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity's existence. That is the scary news from a new study by scientists at Stanford. Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and his co-authors call for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat and warn that the window of opportunity is rapidly closing.

"As species disappear, so do crucial ecosystem services such as honeybees’ crop pollination and wetlands’ water purification. At the current rate of species loss, people will lose “many” biodiversity benefits within three generations, the study’s authors write. “We are sawing off the limb that we are sitting on,” Ehrlich said. Read more:




Populations of tiny forage fish, such as herring and sardines, fluctuate naturally, and sometimes collapse. This can have harmful effects on the fishing industry and on larger animals (including whales, tuna, birds, and seals) that depend on forage fish for sustenance. But a 2014 study offers a clue as to how we might make such collapses less severe.

The study, led by Pew marine fellow Tim Essington, found that intense fishing makes collapses worse than would be expected from natural fluctuations alone. That means we may be able to make a big difference for fishermen and forage fish if we time our fishing right.


What happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic. The study was conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL, and the full report is available here:


This short 'Story of Stuff' animation shows how tiny plastic microbeads go down the drain and into our rivers, lakes, and oceans and what we can do to stop this unnecessary assault on our public waters. TAKE ACTION:


Dow Chemical just unveiled its newest milkweed-destroying herbicide -- Enlist Duo -- which will continue the assault on North America’s already ravaged iconic monarch butterfly populations. Monarch populations have plummeted dramatically in recent years, from a total of 1 billion 20 years ago, to 57 million in the winter of 2015 -- the second lowest count on record.

Tell Dow’s CEO to reverse course, shelve the company’s plan for selling Enlist Duo and save imperiled monarchs. Sign the petition:


Elephant calf rescued from well in Kerala, India.

The rescue is as scary as the situation.

Once the calf was safe, he fled back into the forest. 

According to foresters he did not suffer any injuries....



Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial in Denial101x, a course from UQx and edX.

What you'll learn:

    How to recognise the social and psychological drivers of climate science denial
    How to better understand climate change: the evidence that it is happening, that humans are causing it and the potential impacts
    How to identify the techniques and fallacies that climate myths employ to distort climate science
    How to effectively debunk climate misinformation
Given by: University of Queensland, Length: 7 weeks. Free.

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Rescued tigers swim for the first time...
International Fund For Animal Welfare's Kelly Donithan visits tigers Carli and Lily at Safe Haven Rescue Zoo in Nevada and witnesses the first time they are able to feel what it's like to swim! They were confiscated together by the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York in 2014. They had been caged by a private individual for 12 years. For more information go to


An experimental timelapse video created for SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM, a Kickstarter quest (April 3 - May 9th, 2015) designed to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible Dark Sky Preserves in North America.

Learn what you can do to help! Please contribute to the SKYGLOW campaign now or before May 9th if you can or help us spread the word, so we can all help save the night skies! 

Inspired by the "Darkened Cities" stills project by Thierry Cohen, this short film imagines the galaxy over the glowing metropolis of Los Angeles through composited timelapse and star trail astrophotography. Shot by Gavin Heffernan ( and Harun Mehmedinovic ( SKYGLOW is endorsed by the International Dark Sky Association SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM



Stand For Trees.
Dear Future Generations...sorry...



Populations of tiny forage fish, such as herring and sardines, fluctuate naturally, and sometimes collapse. This can have harmful effects on the fishing industry and on larger animals (including whales, tuna, birds, and seals) that depend on forage fish for sustenance. But a 2014 study offers a clue as to how we might make such collapses less severe.

The study, led by Pew marine fellow Tim Essington, found that intense fishing makes collapses worse than would be expected from natural fluctuations alone. That means we may be able to make a big difference for fishermen and forage fish if we time our fishing right.



When you see a sea otter, they’re usually either eating or digesting,” often munching on urchins, says ecologist Anne Salomon, a Pew marine fellow. That's a good thing for some kelp beds. Without otters to control urchin numbers, the spiky shellfish can devour the beds, leaving barren seascapes behind.

Fifty years ago, sea otters were so sought after for their fur that they disappeared from the Canadian coast. But now they're bouncing back and—as seen in this video—competing with humans for the region's shellfish.



Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, leading scientists tell NRDC science scribe Perrin Ireland what happened to BP's oil and what they know about its impact on the Gulf. Learn more:

Scientists, in order of appearance:

Michael J Blum, Tulane University
Christopher Reddy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Thomas Ryerson, National Ocean and Atmospheric Institution
Elizabeth Kujawinski, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Samantha Joye, University of Georgia

See the list of Gulf Impacts here:


Scientists aboard the remotely operated research vessel Nautilus got photobombed in a big way when, much to their delight, a sperm whale took an interest in their vehicle. The team, led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard (of Titanic fame), was working off the Louisiana coast on April 14th when the surprise struck (or actually, nudged and circled around). The gray beauty did twirls for the ROV’s camera nearly 2,000 feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Such encounters are incredibly rare.



Earth is an oceanic planet, and its seabeds remain largely unexplored. Andrew Wheeler and his team use ROVs to collect core samples from the deep ocean, their layers revealing Earth's geological history. Andrew tells the story a grain of sand taken from the deep ocean, and how it has changed our understanding of how Ireland's landscape was shaped two million years ago.

Andrew Wheeler is a marine geologist and ocean explorer. He has led many deep-water surveys mapping and sampling the seabed. Andrew's studies have taken him from the Arctic to sub-tropical Pacific, from mid-ocean ridges to shallow shelf, and he is fascinated by the geology of cold-water coral reefs.


As founder and principal designer at SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design office, Kate Orff works every day to bring her passion for sustainable development, biodiversity and community-based change to life. In this engaging talk at TEDxGowanus, Kate highlights her Blue Mussel Pilot project, among others, and how a new approach to coastal protection can transform New York Harbor and the communities that share it. This talk also provides an update on her original talk here:


Koen Olthuis studied Architecture and Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology. In his vision today's designers are an essential part of the climate change generation and should start to enhance their perspective on urban components to become dynamic instead of static. His solution called City Apps, are floating urban components that add a certain function to the existing static grid of a city. More info on


Bill Moyers presents and introduces the short documentary Dance of the Honey Bee. Narrated by Bill McKibben, the film takes a look at the determined, beautiful and vital role honey bees play in preserving life, as well as the threats bees face from a rapidly changing landscape. "Not only are we dependent on the honey bee for much of what we eat," says Bill, "there is, of course, a grace and elegance they bring to the natural world that would diminish us all were they to disappear."

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