How Climate Feedbacks Worsen Global Warming David Wasdell is an expert on global warming and climate change and reviewer of the IPCC assessment reports. He defines climate feedback mechanisms and how melting glaciers, sea levels, carbon dioxide, pollution, acid seas and so on can combine to worsen global warming.
Running time: 304 seconds
James Leape on Environmental Problems in the World James Leape says that we can achieve sustainable economies in developing countries. Industrialized nations must reduce their environmental footprints and also support sustainable economic development in developing countries.
Running time: 184 seconds
How Biology Informs Sustainable Design Jim Leape talks about the future of environmental conservation, sustainability and environmental movements. He says the environmental movement has grown explosively but is still tiny compared to the challenge of global warming and climate change.
Running time: 229 seconds
What Green Designers Can Learn from Biologists Janine Benyus says that green design can learn much from nature. Eco-friendly products have been inspired by studying leaves, rainwater, even butterflies. Copying nature in sustainable design – or biomimicry – can help the environment.
Running time: 241 seconds
Organic Dairy Farming and the Soil From one organic dairyman's perspective, his work, and that of his dairy herd, it all begins with the health of the soil. As Jon Bansen explains in this short video, by relying upon the manure from his cows, along with some additional inputs, he is able to keep his soil healthy, and by doing so, produce nutritious grass that his jersey cows depend upon much of the year for their food. For Bansen, healthy soil ultimately translates into tastier, and more nutritious milk.
Running time: 89 seconds
How Sardines Could Feed the World Dr. Geoff Shester, the Senior Science Manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative, describes a sustainably managed fish, high in protein and healthy nutrients, abundant, inexpensive to produce, that could feed a large number of people, affordably. So, what's the problem?
Running time: 183 seconds
Frank Morton on the Problem with GM Cross Contamination This is the second installment of an ongoing Food News series titled Seeds of Life. Frank Morton, an organic seed breeder from Philomath, Oregon, shares his concerns over the contamination threat from the introduction of transgenic sugar beet crops into the Willamette Valley where his farm is located. For Morton, his main concern, and the reason for his lawsuit against the USDA (and APHIS), is to protect the purity of his swiss chard organic seed from cross pollination.
Running time: 328 seconds
Sustainable Abalone Farming in Monterey Last year, while attending the Sustainable Food Institute at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I was curious to learn more about sustainable seafood first hand. I wanted to visit a sustainable seafood operation and see what was entailed. I found out there was a small company in town that raised abalone on their farm on the wharf. Well, actually it?s under the wharf, as part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Running time: 417 seconds
The Organic Seed Breeder
As the Seeds of Life series continues, embattled farmer, Frank Morton, a Willamette Valley organic seed breeder shares his expert knowledge of how plant breeding techniques have evolved, and the importance of the selection process in producing organic seeds that carry the desired mix of plant traits.
Running time: 259 seconds
Green Bean Picking and Canning Follow along as we travel from the field to the factory to learn how some of the best and freshest green beans get picked, processed, and canned all within a few short hours of time.
Running time: 198 seconds
Chief Justice Roberts on Who Opposed the Bill of Rights Chief Justice John Roberts shares two popular theories as to why the Bill of Rights was not included in the original Constitution. One theory is based on Alexander Hamilton's argument in "Federalist No. 84" that the Constitution is itself a bill of rights, making a Bill of Rights unnecessary and even harmful.
Running time: 255 seconds
How Populism Nearly Defeated the U.S. Constitution Former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger delves into why some early opponents of the U.S. Constitution took issue with ratifying the document. Dellinger describes how Constitutional supporters were nearly derailed by advocates opposed to a strong central government, a debate he compares to the populist politics of today.
Running time: 305 seconds
What If Hitler Dropped the Bomb Daniel Ellsberg, the man responsible for leaking the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971, imagines how nuclear weapons would be viewed today if Germany had used them in World War II. Because they would not have changed the outcome of the war, Ellsberg claims they would be branded "criminal, murderous" tools of Nazi desperation.
Running time: 193 seconds
Ransom Stephens on the Challenges of Emmy Noether to Get Published This program was recorded at the 12th Annual Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Festival of Science. Wonderfest's broad goals are best described by its mission statement: Through public discourse about provocative scientific questions, Wonderfest aspires to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning. Wonderfest achieves these ends by presenting series of scientific events to the general public.
Running time: 146 seconds
How Seafood Watch Project Protects the Ocean Seafood Watch, a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium began about 10 years ago to help raise consumer awareness and promote business practices to protect the ocean?s fish populations from overfishing, pollution, and native habitat destruction. Seafood Watch, in addition to compiling up to-date, and reliable information on marine life and the ocean?s ecosystems, produces a series of small pocket seafood guides, organized by region, to help consumers make informed choices about the fish they eat.
Running time: 351 seconds
Discovering the Raw Reality of South African Poverty In Chapter 4 of 14, entrepreneur and connector Hattie Eliott attends high school and college in South Africa, starting with a Steiner School program that was integrated during Apartheid. Elliot witnesses class stratification while meeting friends from varied socioeconomic backgrounds. She not only finds poverty much more prevalent than expected but also sees how most middle and upper class residents rarely acknowledge the stark reality present around them daily. http://www.captureyourflag.com
Running time: 141 seconds
How a Wire Whisk Is Made They are found in almost every kitchen, but surprisingly there's only one U.S. manufacturer. Follow us inside the Best Manufacturers plant for a rare visit to see how a whisk is made.
Running time: 236 seconds