Around the world, hundreds of thousands of lost ancient sites lie buried and hidden from view. Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak is determined to find them before looters do. With the 2016 TED Prize, Parcak is building an online citizen-science tool called GlobalXplorer that will train an army of volunteer explorers to find and protect the world’s hidden heritage. In this talk, she offers a preview of the first place they’ll look: Peru — the home of Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines and other archaeological wonders waiting to be discovered.
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate
To celebrate 25 years of the Environmental Change Institute, there will be a video podcast series of interviews with some of the inspired and inspiring people from the ECI’s past and present. Beginning Michaelmas Term 2016.
Honey Bees (2015): The world is experiencing a global bee crisis, with Australia the only country not yet affected. With bees responsible for almost a third of the food on our plate, this is a crisis that could affect us all.
Rat Hole Minors (2014): In the coal mines of India, tens of thousands of children are forced to work in “rat holes”, tiny pits too small for adults to reach. Why are the authorities turning a blind eye to this lethal and illegal practice?
Back to Coal (2014): Mountaintop mining is an effective but controversial extraction method. Its devastating effect on the environment has provoked a ‘war on coal’ between ecologists and the miners who’ve lived on it for generations.
Surviving Without Shrimp (2014): Ecuador is the fifth largest producer of shrimp worldwide; generating over one billion dollars a year. But while the industry is a prosperous one, it has come at a huge social and environmental cost.
Canned Hunting (2014): Tourists who flock to South Africa all want to see the world’s most majestic animals and pet a baby lion. What they don’t know is that these lions are bred to be shot by hunters like fish in a barrel.
Power Play (2009): Iceland sits on a hot spot of geothermal activity which could generate as much electricity as 20 nuclear power plants. But are they exploiting their precious resource in a bid to kick-start their economy?
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
The links are listed here to be used in whatever manner they may be helpful in public information campaigns, course preparation, teaching, letter-writing, lectures, class presentations, policy discussions, article writing, civic or Congressional hearings and citizen action campaigns, etc. For further information on this blog see: About this weblog. and How to use this weblog.
Calendar – Click on Date for links entered on that Day