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Live from TED2014

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 […]

Design

Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card gameCan you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. In today’s TED Talk, Acaroglu turns her attention to four bits of “environmental folklore,” like the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper […]

Q&A

This 13-year-old entrepreneur is out to change the world: A Q&A with Maya PennThis 13-year-old entrepreneur is out to change the world: A Q&A with Maya Penn

Posted By Becky Chung

Maya Penn is a tiny, vibrant force of nature. She’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, animator, blogger, writer and illustrator. She runs a budding eco-friendly fashion business and a nonprofit for environmental awareness, and her mind churns constantly with new creative projects. And we should probably mention — Maya is only 13. Maya’s story began […]

Since the Talk

Robin Chase’s new ideas? The Zipcar founder on how drivers could generate wifi and why we need more sharing platformsRobin Chase’s new ideas? The Zipcar founder on how drivers could generate wifi and why we need more sharing platforms

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Is sharing the solution to our global challenges? Twice, Robin Chase has stood on the TED stage and offered powerful visions for a green, and shared, transportation future. At TED2007, the Zipcar founder suggested that car sharing could be the solution to global warming, while also helping drivers without cars. She also posited an even […]

Culture

8 hilarious IKEA memes, videos and homage websites8 hilarious IKEA memes, videos and homage websites

Posted By Jessica Gross

After 25 years working in sustainability, Steve Howard made a surprising move: he went to work for IKEA. In today’s talk, he explains why by giving a sense of just how far IKEA is going to make sure it has a positive environmental impact. “Sustainability’s gone from a ‘nice-to-do’ to a ‘must-do,’” says Howard in […]

Environment

TED Radio Hour: Everything is ConnectedTED Radio Hour: Everything is Connected

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Take a step back and consider the exquisite network of systems that sustain life on Planet Earth. The air we breathe, the food we eat and the ground we walk on are all carefully regulated by natural systems in an intertwined dance — which means that any change we make in our environment can set […]

Science

What is it about bees? Three experts discuss why they’re fascinating, why they’re dying and what can save themWhat is it about bees? Three experts discuss why they’re fascinating, why they’re dying and what can save them

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In 1945, there were 4.5 million bees in the United States. Today, there are just about 2 million. It’s been a subtle decline over time, but one that has dramatically accelerated over the past seven years. And this should be extremely alarming, given that bees pollinate one-third of the world’s crops. In today’s talk, given […]

Science

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

Posted By Jessica Gross

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 […]

Technology

Unreasonable at sea: Fellows Friday with Cesar Harada, who circumnavigated the globe with ProteiUnreasonable at sea: Fellows Friday with Cesar Harada, who circumnavigated the globe with Protei

Posted By Karen Eng

In January of 2013, TED Fellow Cesar Harada, inventor of an open-source sailing robot, set sail on a four-month, 14-country round-the-world journey with Unreasonable at Sea, a global innovation accelerator on board a boat. Here, he tells us about how this extraordinary voyage helped crystallize his vision for how his open source sailing robot Protei will […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Ikea’s sustainable instinct: Steve Howard at TEDGlobal 2013Ikea’s sustainable instinct: Steve Howard at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Steve Howard has spent his life working toward sustainability. So on the TEDGlobal 2013 stage, he explains why he wanted to work for, of all places, Ikea. Howard, who now holds the delightful title of Chief Sustainability Officer at the Scandinavian furniture behemoth, says that the company is dedicated to sustainability because of three numbers: 3. […]

Photography

Sebastião Salgado: A gallery of spectacular photographsSebastião Salgado: A gallery of spectacular photographs

Posted By Helen Walters

Ask photojournalists to name a peer they admire, and Sebastião Salgado’s name is sure to crop up. The Brazilian is renowned for the long-term projects he undertakes, devoting years at a time to documenting the story of a particular people or the evolution of a certain place. As he describes in the talk he gave […]