Lecture Videos

The Path to Sustainability

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Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, discusses the importance of environmental policy and the need to manage short-term costs for long-term gains. 

Setting a Process in Motion: The Self-Proliferating Landscape

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Well-known landscape designer Larry Weaner discusses principles and protocols for creating dynamic, ecologically rich landscapes where nature does much of the “planting.”

Mist Connections: A Tale of Fog and Forests

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A world-renowned expert, Kathleen Weathers talks about how fog interacts with air, land and water, and investigates its importance to ecosystems.

If I Had a Hammer

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President of the Cary Institute Bill Schlesinger discusses society's most pressing environmental problems, and what needs to be done to ensure a habitable planet, now and for future generations.

Toms River. A Story of Science and Salvation

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Pullitzer prize winner and environmental journalist Dan Fagin discusses industrial pollution, water contamination, and cancer epidemiology in a New Jersey beach town.

More Scenes from the Rural Life

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Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg talks about his new book, a collection of pieces from his New York Times column The Rural Life.

Urban Ecology: The Path to Sustainable Cities

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Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Steward Pickett discusses how urban ecology can make our cities greener, cleaner, and healthier for all.

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

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Biologist and award-winning author David Haskell spent a year observing a single square meter of old-growth Tennessee forest.

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise

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A multidisciplinary program by musician David Rothenberg and entomologist John Cooley that explores the return of the 17-year cicadas.

The Incidental Steward – Reflections on Citizen Science

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Whether it’s pulling up water chestnuts in the Hudson River, or searching out vernal pools—citizens can play a vital role in scientific research.

Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Leading fisheries scientist and marine biologist Ray Hilborn shares his controversial insights about the future of our fisheries.

Drinking Water

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Should drinking water be accessible as a human right or is it a commodity?

Climate Change and the Future of the National Park Service

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Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, discusses how climate change is manifesting itself in our national parks.

Forests of the Future

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Harvard botanist Dr. Peter Del Tredici discusses how northeastern forests are being shaped by urbanization, invasive species, acid rain, and climate change.

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The Seed Underground

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Writer and food activist Janisse Ray talks about the loss of heirloom seeds and the role that individuals can play in preserving agricultural diversity.


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