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The Earth: Session 5 at TED2012

Here, we take a closer look at the incredible place we call home, with a collection of speakers who celebrate the Earth’s natural beauty as it is now — or who are proposing (sometimes controversial) ways to keep it that way.

In this session:

Karen Bass has traveled the world to explore and capture footage from every environment across the earth. See some video from her life’s work >>

Sharon Beals photographs the work of “nature’s most fastidious architects” — birds’ nests. See her photos and read about her thoughtful talk >>

An anthropologist and ethnobiologist, Wade Davis is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Read his plea to save the Stikine River >>

Ken Mogi shared insights into Japanese character before and after the tsunami >>

James Hansen has made key insights into our global climate — and inspired a generation of activists and scientists. Read his stirring call to fight climate change >>

A legendary oil and gas entrepreneur, T. Boone Pickens is on a mission to enhance U.S. energy policies to lessen the nation’s dependence on OPEC oil. Read what he said onstage, and his highly entertaining Q&A with Chris Anderson >>

Steve Cosson and Michael Friedman create new work for stage and media with The Civilians Investigative Theater. Onstage at TED, they put on a show >>