Daily Archives: February 10, 2014

Why Are Bees Disappearing? : NPR

by NPR/TED Staff    September 27, 2013 9:45 AM    11 min 49 sec

“Bees are vital to the pollination and production of our fruits and vegetables … unfortunately, they’re all in trouble” — Marla Spivak

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Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode “.”

About Marla Spivak’s TEDTalk

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years. So why have certain colonies started dying in droves in recent decades? Researcher Marla Spivak reveals four reasons with tragic consequences.

About Marla Spivak

Marla Spivak is a professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota. She researches the behavior and biology of bees in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect. Bees pollinate a third of our food supply, but colonies have been disappearing at alarming rates in many parts of the world due to the accumulated effects of parasitic mites, viral and bacterial diseases, and exposure to pesticides and herbicides.

Spivak has developed a strain of bees, the Minnesota Hygienic line, that can detect when pupae are infected and kick them out of the nest, saving the rest of the hive. Now, Spivak is studying how bees collect propolis, or tree resins, in their hives to keep out dirt and microbes. She is also analyzing how the decline of flowers due to herbicides, pesticides and crop monoculture affect the numbers and diversity of bees.

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Can ‘Rewilding’ Restore Vanishing Ecosystems? : NPR

george-monbiotby NPR/TED Staff   September 27, 2013 9:45 AM   12 min 25 sec

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode “.”

About George Monbiot’s TEDTalk

“ I would like us to be able to show a bit more humility, really, to create some scope for other species to flourish a bit more than they do at the moment.

– George Monbiot

Wolves were native to the Yellowstone National Park until hunting wiped them out. In 1995, when the wolves began to come back, something interesting happened: The rest of the park began to find a new, more healthful balance.

About George Monbiot

Journalist George Monbiot is author of the book Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life. The book follows Monbiot’s efforts to re-engage with nature. He shows how, by restoring and rewilding our damaged ecosystems on land and at sea, we can bring wonder back into our lives, and lays out a new, positive environmental vision, in which nature is allowed to find its own way.

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Global Warning (Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio)


Global Green USA

Uploaded on Jul 10, 2008

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio narrates a short presentation on the realities of global warming for the 10th Anniversary of Global Green USA.

Or see: http://ecoethics.net/2013-ENVRE120/Video/20070127–YouTube-Leonardo-DiCaprio.htm

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Death By Metadata: Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Reveal NSA Role in Assassinations Overseas


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Published on Feb 10, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – In the first exposé for their new venture, First Look Media’s digital journal The Intercept, investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald reveal the National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes. The NSA identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies, an unreliable tactic that has resulted in the deaths of innocent and unidentified people. The United States has reportedly carried out drone strikes without knowing whether the individual in possession of a tracked cell phone or SIM card is in fact the intended target of the strike. Scahill and Greenwald join us to discuss their report and the launch of their media project.

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‘Socialism distributes the pie, capitalism expands it’

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Published on Feb 10, 2014

Watch the full episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nAKd…

Conscious Capitalism thought leader Dr Rajendra Sisodia compares capitalism to socialism, arguing that capitalism’s ability to create value shifts the focus away from the issue of how it should be distributed.

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Defying Threats to Journalism, Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Launch New Venture, The Intercept

democracynow

Published on Feb 10, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – Investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald join us for their first interview upon launching The Intercept, their new digital magazine published by First Look Media, the newly formed media venture started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald is the journalist who first broke the story about Edward Snowden’s disclosures on the National Security Agency. He was previously a columnist at The Guardian newspaper. Scahill is producer and writer of the documentary film “Dirty Wars,” which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. “We are really about a journalistic ethos — which is not doing things like helping the U.S. continue its targeting of U.S. citizens for death, but by being adversarial to the government,” Greenwald says. “Telling the public what it ought to know, and targeting the most powerful corporate factions with accountability journalism.” Greenwald and Scahill founded TheIntercept.org with filmmaker Laura Poitras.

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Creationism (Penn and Teller) (2003)


Tiffany Ondracek

Published on Nov 24, 2012

Creationism (Penn and Teller) (2003)

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