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Why models of climate change matter: Gavin Schmidt at TED2014Why models of climate change matter: Gavin Schmidt at TED2014

Posted By Helen Walters

Gavin Schmidt is the author of Climate Change: Picturing the Science, described by Popular Mechanics as “the first book anyone seeking a layman’s understanding of the science of global warming should read.” He’s here to talk about the environment and the models we’ve built to understand this astonishingly complex issue. Because, for one thing, you can’t just […]

Art

Daily rituals performed in a flood: A TED Fellow is crowdsourcing rituals for a unique performanceDaily rituals performed in a flood: A TED Fellow is crowdsourcing rituals for a unique performance

Posted By Karen Eng

TED Fellow Lars Jan, the director of the multi-disciplinary art lab Early Morning Opera, is seeking everyday personal rituals from collaborators — perhaps, you? — for a work-in-progress called HOLOSCENES. This public-performance installation — inspired by humanity’s relationship with climate change and flooding — will be made up of three aquariums, each enclosing a performer […]

Global Issues

On our must-see list: James Balog’s “Chasing Ice”On our must-see list: James Balog’s “Chasing Ice”

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Photographer James Balog grew up skeptical about climate change. But in 2005, he headed to Iceland on assignment for National Geographic and found himself captivated by the spectacular beauty of the icy landscape and devastated by how it was quickly changing before his eyes. Balog had an idea: the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of […]

Global Issues

Journalist John Hockenberry explores the rise of the climate change skeptics movementJournalist John Hockenberry explores the rise of the climate change skeptics movement

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

For anyone watching the three presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, two words were surprisingly absent: “climate change.” It’s a strange omission given that 73 percent of Americans shared in a recent poll that dealing with environmental concerns, particularly global warming, was “extremely important” or “very important” to them. Not to mention that […]

Global Issues

Protect what we cherish from the coming climate changes: Vicki Arroyo at TEDGlobal2012Protect what we cherish from the coming climate changes: Vicki Arroyo at TEDGlobal2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Vicki Arroyo knows a thing or two about climate change. A lawyer by training, she is the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, which works on policies to help government leaders (and the world) deal with climate change’s inevitable disruptions. But that’s not the only reason she’s familiar with climate change. As she tells us, she also […]

Science

Why I must speak out on climate change: James Hansen at TED2012Why I must speak out on climate change: James Hansen at TED2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

Photo: James Duncan Davidson Drawn into controversy Wearing his wide-brimmed hat, climate scientist James Hansen starts his TEDTalk by asking, “What do I know that would cause me, a reticent midwestern scientist, to get arrested in front of the White House, protesting?” Hansen studied under professor James Van Allen, who told him about observations of Venus […]

Environment

Q&A with Yann Arthus-Bertrand: The environmentalist behind the camera

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Today, photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand launched his movie Home, an environmentally conscious tour of our planet through panoramic vistas that focuses on human impact — our mistakes and possibilities for improvement. Yann took some time out of this busy day to answer a few questions for the TEDBlog by email, going beyond his recent TEDTalk to […]

 

New thinking on climate change: Al Gore's new slideshow premieres on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

In Al Gore’s brand-new slideshow (premiering exclusively on TED.com), he presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists were recently predicting, and challenges us to act with a sense of “generational mission” — the kind of feeling that brought forth the civil rights movement — to set it right. […]

Transcript

Geo-engineering to slow global warming: David Keith on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Environmental scientist David Keith talks about a cheap, effective, shocking solution to climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of particles into the atmosphere, to deflect sunlight and heat? As an emergency measure to slow a melting ice cap, it could work. Keith discusses why geo-engineering like this is a good idea, why […]

Environment

Gore's call for a carbon/jobs Marshall plan

Posted By Bgiussani

Al Gore (TED2006 speech) at last week’s Clinton Global Initiative: “The key to fighting global poverty is to have the wealthy nations and the developing nations join together to reduce global warming … What we need is a global Marshall plan to make the creation of jobs around the reduction of carbon the central principle […]

 

TED Salon: Further reading

Posted By Tedstaff

Some selected source material and references from Wednesday night’s TED Salon: David Keith (pictured, left) showed a New York Times editorial on the coming climate change — from May 24, 1953: How Industry May Change ClimateThe amount of carbon dioxide in the air will double by the year 2080 and raise the temperature an average […]

Environment

Notes from the TED Salon: "Hot Science: Radical Ideas to Combat the Climate Crisis"

Posted By June Cohen

Last night in New York City, 250 TEDsters gathered to hear some radical proposals for outsmarting climate change. It’s a fact: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising, and with them the possibility of severe climate change within our lifetimes. Increasingly, scientists are considering extreme measures that can quickly suck CO2 out of the atmosphere to […]

Science

Quotes from the TED Salon

Posted By Tedstaff

Last night in Manhattan, TED hosted its 2007 Salon, called “Hot Science: Radical Ideas to Combat the Climate Crisis.” A detailed roundup is coming later today — but first, a few quotes from last night: The first speaker, Michael Oppenheimer, began by saying: “I’m the depressing, immobilizing part of the talk.” He went on to […]

Transcript

10 ways the world could end: Stephen Petranek on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Stephen Petranek reveals the question that occupies scientists at the end of the day (and the beginning of happy hour): How might the world end? He lays out the challenges that face us in the drive to preserve the human race. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle accelerator […]