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Category: Environment

The Ocean Cleanup Technology, Explained
Penny Chisholm - The tiny creature that secretly powers the planet

The Tiny Creature That Secretly Powers The Planet

Prochlorococcus is the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet that has existed for millions of years. The marine microbe was not discovered until the mid-1980s. In this TED Talk, Oceanographer Penny Chisholm explains how this amazing little being's ancient genetic code can help us in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Enric Sala - Let's turn the high seas into the world's largest nature reserve

Turning The High Seas Into The World’s Largest Nature Reserve

How we can save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? The answer:  create a marine reserve (a huge one). In this TED Talk, marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold strategy to safeguard the high seas by making a giant marine reserve that covers two-thirds of the world's ocean. Sala believes protecting the high seas will help us restore the ecological, economic and social benefits of the ocean.

How Much Damage Can An Earthquake Do?

How Much Damage Can An Earthquake Do?

Earthquakes occur when two pieces of the Earth’s crust called tectonic plates collide or grind against each other.  When this happens, an insane amount of energy from inside the Earth suddenly bursts out in all directions causing the Earth to crack and shake everything on top. Well, we know earthquakes are awful, but how much damage can they do?

what if the earth were twice as big

What If The Earth Were Twice As Big?

If the earth were twice as big, the earth would have eight times as much mass and gravity would be twice as strong. Your weight would also be doubled, and it would be much harder for you to walk because you'd feel like you were giving another version of yourself a piggyback ride all day, every day. And what else? Trees would collapse. Gravity determines how tall a tree can grow - so any new trees that grow in their place wouldn't grow as tall.

What is hiding deep in the rainforest

What’s Hiding Deep Within The Rainforest?

Rainforests cover six percent of the planet, and they are home extraordinary and wonderful creatures such as jaguars, sloths and toucans. You know about those, but what about those horrible […]