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Looking back at… TED Talks 4


TED talks are about ideas worth spreading and there are plenty of options when looking at sustainability from responsible investment to biodiversity.

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1. A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City – Dan Barasch – In an informative, short TED talk, Dan Barasch explains his idea and work-in-progress to create a park the size of a football field, filled with greenery, underneath New York City – using revolutionary solar technology. Read more.

2. How architectural innovations migrate across borders – Teddy Cruz – We need to rethink urban development and turn “urbanisations of consumption” into to “neighbourhoods of production”, argues architect and activist Teddy Cruz in this week’s featured TED talk.  Read more.

3. The 3 agencies with the power to make or break economies – Ratings agencies rate financial products, companies, banks and even countries. We need to change the way they are run, Annette Heuser says in this week’s featured TED talk. Read more.

4. Let’s go all-in on selling sustainability – Steve Howard – Well-known for its flatpack furniture and Swedish meatballs, retail giant Ikea is looking to crack the renewables market, too. Steve Howard, chief sustainability officer, reveals why in this week’s featured TED talk. Read more.

5. The state of the climate and what we might do about it – Lord Stern – In this week’s featured TED talk, the renowned economist and climate change expert Lord Nicholas Stern explains how we can save the world. Read more.

6. Why bees are disappearing – Marla Spivak – Why are bee populations dwindling in the 21st century when the creatures have been around for 50 million years? Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota professor of entomology, explains in this week’s featured TED talk. Read more.

7. For more wonder, rewild the world – George Monbiot – In this week’s featured TED talk, environmentalist and writer George Monbiot talks about the merits of ‘rewilding.’ Read more.

8. The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready? – Stewart Brand – Could technology allow us to reverse extinction? Stewart Brand, writer, environmentalist and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, pondered this very question in a TED talk from February 2013. Read more.

9. Transition to a world without oil – Rob Hopkins – Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition movement. He was recently interviewed by Blue & Green Tomorrowand in 2009, gave a TED talk about how the world can wean itself off oil. Read more.

10. Here’s how we take back the internet – Edward Snowden – We need to rethink the role the internet has in our lives and the laws that protect it, argues whistleblower Edward Snowden in this week’s featured TED talk. Read more.

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