SftP Videos: Earth

The Earth, its geology and its ecosystems…The more we learn about our planet the more we see the interdependence of geology, atmosphere, climate and life. These scientists explain the many great phenomena that affect our planet. And they also explain the human impact on the Earth.

Accelerated Climate Change: Can Nature Adapt?

Changes in habitat and breeding patterns due to rapid climate change... Richard Primack

Atmosphere: Earth and Elsewhere

What an atmosphere is, what it does, how it changes --on Earth, elsewhere in our solar system and beyond. Daniel Cziczo

Climate Change: How to Think Globally & Act Locally

Today's global citizens can and must engage in the struggle to address climate change. Dan Cziczo

Clive Hamilton Talks about the Geoengineering Issue

A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters

Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate Change: Why Our Current Climate Is What It Is

Clouds are an essential component of the dynamics of climate change. Here's how that works. Daniel Cziczo

Coastal Ecosystems and Climate Change

An international expert explains how coastal ecosystems function and how they are adjusting to current stresses. Brian Helmuth

Communicating Climate Change Through Science and Technology

Some ways to show how marine organisms actually experience climate change. Brian Helmuth

Corporate Science and Genetically Modified Foods

A leading expert and author on the issue of genetically modified foods explains the corporate resistance to labeling GM foods. Sheldon Krimsky

Creating Public Doubt about Scientific Facts

How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change. Naomi Oreskes

Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. This is a description of what scientists are learning. Daniel Fornari

Earth and Humans: A Planetary Perspective

A distinguished authority on Earth's geochemical systems explains the deep relationship between life and planetary environment. Charles Langmuir

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

How ocean earthquakes generate tsunamis --and where tsunamis can occur. John Ebel

Earthquakes!

Earthquakes occur somewhere, every day. Can they be predicted? Colleen Dalton

Ecological and Psychological Perspectives on Climate Change

Factors that influence the way people think about climate change. Brian Helmuth

Eye-to-Eye with Climate Change in the Ocean

Saving the oceans is an urgent matter... Les Kaufman

How Glaciers Affect Earth and Climate

An explanation of the relationship between glacial cycles and climate change. Jack Ridge

How Plankton Blooms Absorb CO2

What triggers the sudden massive plankton blooms that we depend on? Amala Mahadevan

How Restorative Development Can Address Climate Change

An international authority on the dual impacts of climate change and environmental destruction discusses the urgent need for a restorative development policy. William Moomaw

Impact of Climate Change on Birds and Plants of Massachusetts

A discussion of the exceptionally well-documented climate change in Massachusetts. Richard Primack

Industrial Agriculture and the Humble Strawberry

The inherent conflict between profit from one of California's major crops and the impact on environment and health. Julie Guthman

Journey to the Center of the Earth

What modern seismologists are learning about the Earth's interior. Miaki Ishii

Making a Global Plan for Climate Change

An expert on climate change policy explains the coming global challege and the role of public commitment. Henrik Selin

Mathematical Prediction of Sixth Mass Extinction

The destabilization of Earth's complex carbon cycle is associated with past mass extinctions. This mathematical model predicts a coming sixth mass extinction.

Microbes Matter: From Healthy Soil to Your Healthy Gut

An important new book connects the dots between the role of microbes in healthy soil and in human health. David Montgomery and Anne Bikle

New Paradigms of Conservation

How a combination of innovative conservation techniques and involvement of local villages is combating damage in the Himalayas. Kamal Bawa

Ocean Sediments: Earth's Deep Climate History

A leader in the international research on marine sediments explains how climate history is recorded in ocean sediments. Richard Murray

Our Rising Seas

Sea-level patterns over 2000 years and the situation now. Andrew Kemp

Plankton: The Humble Base of the Ocean Ecosystem

Ancient diatom fossils provide clues to the adaptability of these vital organisms in the deep past, and can help predict plankton survival in the present climate change. Christopher Bowler

Reading the Clouds to Understand Climate Change

Clouds and the particles they contain are essential information for climate science. Here's how scientists gather and decipher that information. Daniel Cziczo

Restoration of Severely Contaminated Lands

Sometimes polluted land can be restored. Some case histories... Justin Hollander

Saving the Himalayas

Can the great Himalaya ecosystem adapt to the dual assault of rapid development and climate change? Maharaj Pandit

Soil: The Skin of the Earth

Soil is essential for life on Earth, and life greatly enriches soil. How did the pedosphere evolve, what makes it dynamic, and how can we save it? Andrew Kurtz

Sustainability Science: Biodiversity and Community

The distinguished ecologist Kamal Bawa talks about his new book on the Himalayas, his research, and his ATREE institute

Take Action! How We Can Save the Environment

Harvard's Law School Environmental Clinic shows us how we can use the law to save our environment. Wendy B. Jacobs

The Alvin Deep-Sea Submersible: An Engineer's Story

Dudley Foster, the Woods Hole engineer closely associated with the Alvin's history, describes explorations of the deep-sea submersible. Dudley Foster

The Impact of Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems

RESCHEDULED for OCT 22 Adrien Finzi explains how the different components of the forest ecosystem (soils, microbes, plant species) respond to our rapidly changing climate.

The Politics of Food's Environmental Footprint

Calculating the impact of large-scale food production on the environment... Susanne Freidberg

The Role of Oceans in Climate

A visit to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to learn how researchers investigate the dynamic relationship between oceans and climate. Amala Mahadevan

The Role of the Ocean in the Global Carbon Cycle

The complex relationship between marine life and the chemistry and circulation of oceans. Mick Follows

The Science --and Oft-Ignored Side Effects --of Geoengineering

An important critique of geoengineering, including cautions about misinformation. Daniel Cziczo

The Science of Clouds and Climate

The Cziczo Lab at MIT investigates the particles that form clouds and the vital role of clouds in climate change. Daniel Cziczo

The Vital Role of Seagrass in Marine Ecosystems

A fascinating look at the vital role of seagrass in marine ecosystems. Barnabas Daru

Troubled Waters: Fewer Fish, Increasing Malnutrition

A combination of climate change, industrial fishing, and seafood trade now threaten basic health in many developing nations. Christopher Golden

Understanding Coastal Ecosystems

A visit to the Helmuth Lab to learn how scientists investigate effects of changing climate on coastal ecosystems. Brian Helmuth

What Arctic Caves Reveal about Ancient Climate Cycles

Arctic caves contain precise geological records of ancient ice-ages and subsequent melts that help scientists predict the effects of the present permafrost thaw. Jeremy Shakun

What Marine Sediments Reveal about Climate Change

A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate. Richard Murray

What to Know about Geoengineering

The excess CO2 in Earth's atmosphere will remain for hundreds of years. An atmospheric scientist explains the need to reduce that excess as we shift to renewable energy. Daniel Cziczo

Why the Earth Needs Its Oceans

A fascinating explanation of the complex relationship between the oceans and atmosphere --and how that balance makes the planet function. Amala Mahadevan

Why We Need an International Plan on Climate Change

The long struggle to commit the international community to prepare for the worldwide climate crisis. Henrik Selin