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Featured Video: Ocean Resillence

Enric Sala (2005) has a new way of thinking about marine reserves: as savings accounts for fisheries. These reserves, which are off limits to fishing, are places where fish populations can replenish -- "principal" for an investment in fishing industry jobs for the long term. Listen here about how the plan could work.




North Korea from the Ground Up

Margaret Palmer (2001) was one of 14 international scientists invited to a conference in North Korea on ecological restoration in April. In this recent interview with Dick Gordon of American Public Media, she describes the condition of the countryside after years of intensive use, as well as what it was like to interact with North Korean scientists under the watchful eye of the Kim regime.

About the Pitcairn Island Expedition (1:39)

Learn about Enric Sala's (2005) work with the people of Pitcairn Island and the British government to create a large-scale marine reserve for one of the world's unique and unspoiled coral ecosystems..


Coral, Cancer, Carbon (12:46)

Coral, cancer, and carbon -- what's the connection? Hear Mark Hixon (1999) lay out new reasons -- and new actions to take -- to protect coral reefs in his recent TEDx talk.


 "Zhara Church Forest Wall Tour" (4:18)
Through their project to protect "church forests" in Ethiopia, Meg Lowman (2006) and her colleagues are creating a "win-win" for the economy, education, and biodiversity in the local area.


 "How will you prevent an alien invasion?" (12:31)
Mark Hixon (1999) tells attendees of the TEDxYouth San Diego conference how they can stop invasions of alien species.


"Scientists Tell Their Personal Philosophy" (3:46)
2011 Leopold Leadership Fellows share insights about how scientists can engage in solving environmental problems.


"Pastoralist Voices on Climate Change" (4:02)
Kathleen Galvin
(2001) is making a film documenting a collaboration underway between land users in Kenya and scientists. Watch the trailer here.


"The Other Inconvenient Truth" (17:42)
See Jon Foley's (2000) TEDx talk about the need for collaboration toward "a new agriculture," chosen as the TEDx Editor's pick for Sept 2011.

"The Science of Algae Fuel Research" (3:54)
Emmett Duffy (2006) talks about possibilities and advantages of wild algae biofuel.

"Life science in prison" (5:07)
Nalini Nadkarni (2004)
talks about her work with prisoners, and movements for hope through nature and science.


"A field of green" (8:44)
Margaret McManus (2006)
talks about exploring "a field of green" in the ocean -- thin layers of plankton that influence ocean life.


"Zero Carbon Campus" (3:00)
Laura Meyerson’s (2009) students helped create a zero-carbon campus at the University of Rhode Island.


"Glimpses of a pristine ocean" (19:55)
Enric Sala (2005) presents in his TED talk images of what we have lost in the ocean and talks about how we can bring it back to its original state, in part by creating 'no take' marine reserves.


“The Invader: Lionfish” (2:04)
Mark Hixon (1999) explains in Reader’s Digest why a beautiful pet poses a menace when it escapes into the ocean.


"The oceans are central to our livelihoods and our survival on the planet" (2:30)
Rashid Sumaila (2009)
, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Prince of Wales, and others explain the impacts of climate change on the oceans in a video made by the organization of the spiritual leader Ching Hai.


“Diplomacy in Action: COP-15” (0:53)
Scott Doney (2004) describes how the ocean absorbs carbon dixoide --  and becomes more acidic in the process -- in the U.S. Department of State’s “Diplomacy in Action: COP-15” series on YouTube.


 "U.S. States Adapting to Climate Change: The Case of California" (20:33)
Susi Moser (2005)
testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in January 2010 about California’s experience in developing comprehensive adaptation planning.





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