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How mega-landscaping might reshape the world

How mega-landscaping might reshape the world

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Picture a spillway gate that doesn’t just release water from an overflowing river, but manipulates sediments to create new streams, islands and wetlands. And imagine that the gate does this autonomously, guided by ecological data and shifting needs — essentially allowing nature to “evolve.” Computational landscape architect Bradley Cantrell is figuring how to do this by applying []

Explorer Steve Boyes takes us on an epic journey to save Africa’s last remaining wetland wilderness

Explorer Steve Boyes takes us on an epic journey to save Africa’s last remaining wetland wilderness

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Steve Boyes is passionately devoted to the preservation of wilderness, as well as to restoring and protecting species and landscapes already damaged by human intervention. At TED2014, the ornithologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer spoke to the TED Blog about his work to save South Africa’s endangered Cape parrot and his campaign to get the Okavango []

The strange story of the teddy bear: Jon Mooallem at TED2014

The strange story of the teddy bear: Jon Mooallem at TED2014

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In 1902, bears in the United States were symbols of all the dangers of the frontier. Bears were called “murderers” for their tendency to attack livestock, and they were being systematically killed by the federal government. That was, until President Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Mississippi on a hunting trip. Roosevelt had finished for the day, []

A walk on the wild side: 7 fascinating experiments in rewilding

A walk on the wild side: 7 fascinating experiments in rewilding

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George Monbiot begins today’s talk by recalling a time he was “ecologically bored.” “We evolved in rather more challenging times than these, in the world of horns and tusks and fangs and claws,” explains Monbiot, an investigative journalist who found himself deeply dissatisfied returning to the United Kingdom after years reporting in the tropics. “We []