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TEDGlobal: The Forest

TEDGlobal: The Forest

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We built a theater for TEDGlobal 2014 and, after the event closes, it will be taken down. And as Chris Anderson admitted at the end of session 9, this has many of us concerned about the environmental impact of this conference. A chance encounter with Tasso Azevedo, the speaker who shared how deforestation in Brazil rolled back 75% in []

What makes a killer timelapse, with Joe Capra

What makes a killer timelapse, with Joe Capra

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. In this time-lapse of Rio de Janeiro, shown during session 1 of TEDGlobal 2014, waves lap the shore of Copacabana Beach with a beautiful rhythm, and clothes on a line flap in the breeze in a favela. Meanwhile, steam dances off a waterfall, and ships pirouette through the city’s harbor. Below, we asked its creator, Joe Capra of []

Street art from election waste in Rio de Janeiro

Street art from election waste in Rio de Janeiro

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Yesterday, while our staff finished last-minute preparations for TEDGlobal 2014, a kind of hush fell over the streets of Rio de Janeiro as Brazilians voted in their presidential election. In a race between more than 10 candidates, President Dilma Rousseff emerged as the front-runner, taking 41.5% of the vote, with runner-up Aécio Neves capturing 33.7% of the vote. The two are []

TEDGlobal Para Todos takes over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

TEDGlobal Para Todos takes over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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“TEDGlobal Para Todos” means “TEDGlobal For Everyone.” And when the TEDGlobal 2014 conference kicks off at the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, October 6, people all over the city will be able to catch the amazing lineup of speakers in livestreams all across town. More than 40 venues in Rio []

Invasion of the golden mussel: A TED Fellow wields genes to protect the Amazon

Invasion of the golden mussel: A TED Fellow wields genes to protect the Amazon

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Back in the ’90s, the golden mussel (Limnoperna fortunei) hitched a ride on ships traveling from Asia to South America. In the past decade and a half, the mussel has proliferated through South America’s river systems, destroying the native habitat and disrupting the operation of power plants and water treatment facilities. This invasive species now threatens the delicate []

Freebird: Juliana Machado Ferreira leads the charge against Brazil’s illegal wildlife trade

Freebird: Juliana Machado Ferreira leads the charge against Brazil’s illegal wildlife trade

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Conservation biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira uses genetic data to fight illegal wildlife trafficking in Brazil—a $2 billion-a-year business that affects 38 million animals. In 2012, Ferreira founded FREELAND Brasil to raise awareness of the devastating effects of keeping wild-caught songbirds, parrots and macaws—as well as to release rehabilitated animals and support rural communities vulnerable to wildlife traffickers. This []

How the World Cup can make or break Brazil’s hopes for the future: Misha Glenny gives a talk on the country that’ll host TEDGlobal 2014

How the World Cup can make or break Brazil’s hopes for the future: Misha Glenny gives a talk on the country that’ll host TEDGlobal 2014

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If you ever find yourself in Brazil, advises Misha Glenny, try to look past the samba, soccer and sea. The journalist, who is currently researching a book on the underground drug trade in Rio de Janeiro, sees a Brazil of challenges, contradictions and opportunities that are far more complex than the celebrations on Ipanema let []

A nomadic filmmaker, a datacaster and a pair of favela painters: A sneak peek of the speakers at TEDGlobal 2014

A nomadic filmmaker, a datacaster and a pair of favela painters: A sneak peek of the speakers at TEDGlobal 2014

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TEDGlobal 2014 is venturing “South!” In October, we’ll gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a five-day conference that will flip your thinking on innovation, problem-solving and, well, the world. Today, we’re revealing the first 40 speakers who’ll appear on the TEDGlobal stage. (Which, by the way, is being built on Copacabana Beach). They range from a “satellite datacaster“ to a []