Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

This is my grandfather. And this is my son. My grandfather taught me to work with wood when I was a little boy, and he also taught me the idea that if you cut down a tree to turn it into something, honor that tree’s life and make it as beautiful as you possibly can. […]

How bees can keep the peace between elephants and humans | Lucy King

Ever since I can remember, African elephants have filled me with a sense of complete awe. They are the largest land mammal alive today on planet Earth, weighing up to seven tons, standing three and a half meters tall at the shoulder. They can eat up to 400 kilos of food in a day, and […]

Why you should shop at your local farmers market | Mohammad Modarres

It’s been about a decade since the last financial crisis, yet this industry has never been bigger. Legislation that was meant to better regulate its largest players has hurt its smaller ones, resulting in most of the industry’s assets to be controlled by the top one percent. They’ve become too big to fail. I’m not […]

Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture? | Stuart Oda

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Joanna Pietrulewicz So if you live on planet Earth and you’re one of seven billion people that eats food every day, I need you to pay attention, because over the next three decades, we will need to address one of the most critical global challenges of our generation. And I’m not […]

The link between fishing cats and mangrove forest conservation | Ashwin Naidu

(Imitates fishing cat) That’s my impersonation of a fishing cat, which actually sounds more like this. (Prerecorded fishing cat sounds) It’s a cat that loves water, loves to fish, and lives in some of the most unique and valuable ecosystems on earth: the wetlands and mangrove forests of South and Southeast Asia. Aren’t they fishing […]

A global food crisis may be less than a decade away | Sara Menker

Since 2009, the world has been stuck on a single narrative around a coming global food crisis and what we need to do to avoid it. How do we feed nine billion people by 2050? Every conference, podcast and dialogue around global food security starts with this question and goes on to answer it by […]

The next global agricultural revolution | Bruce Friedrich

In 2019, humanity received a warning: 30 of the world’s leading scientists released the results of a massive three-year study into global agriculture and declared that meat production is destroying our planet and jeopardizing global health. One of the study’s authors explained that “humanity now poses a threat to the stability of the planet … […]

Let’s launch a satellite to track a threatening greenhouse gas | Fred Krupp

We’ve got a big problem on our hands with global warming. A lot of you, a lot of people have been watching the floods, the droughts, the storms, the fires. When I leave this stage today, I don’t want you to have hope. I want you to have certainty, real certainty that we can make […]

How one tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit | Sam Van Aken

100 years ago, there were 2,000 varieties of peaches, nearly 2,000 different varieties of plums and almost 800 named varieties of apples growing in the United States. Today, only a fraction of those remain, and what is left is threatened by industrialization of agriculture, disease and climate change. Those varieties that are threatened include the […]

Richard Preston: Climbing the world’s biggest trees

The north coast of California has rainforests — temperate rainforests — where it can rain more than 100 inches a year. This is the realm of the Coast Redwood tree. Its species name is Sequoia sempervirens. Sequoia sempervirens is the tallest living organism on Earth. The range of the species goes up to as much […]