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.

2000 Years of Oceans and Climate

11-14-23 The warming oceans will seriously affect global climate. Developing accurate models of how and when those impacts will occur requires analysis of both contemporary and historical data. Hali Kilbourne

A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters

08/23/21 In his latest book for the general public, an esteemed geologist makes the dynamics of our planet and its lifeforms accessible to all. A must-read for all who care about our Earth. Andrew Knoll

Accelerated Climate Change: Can Nature Adapt?

10/09/12 Changes in habitat and breeding patterns due to rapid climate change.......... Richard Primack

Addressing the Threat to Earth System Boundaries

09/12/23 The breaching of most of the Earth system boundaries (ESBs) is destroying the planet and the crisis must be addressed immediately. Solutions must include justice for those who suffer displacement, health and economic impacts of the crisis. Diana Liverman

Analyzing Clouds and Climate Change

09/26/23 Clouds protect the planet and play an essential role in climate dynamics. How will the rapidly heating planet affect that relationship? Daniel Cziczo

Are Coastal Communities Prepared for Rising Seas?

07/31/20 Rising seas are already affecting many coastal cities and communities. How can we best prepare, and how fast? Erika Spanger-Siegfried

Atmosphere: Earth and Elsewhere

04/25/17 What an atmosphere is, what it does, how it changes --on Earth, elsewhere in our solar system and beyond. Daniel Cziczo

Atmospheric Tipping Points

09/04/20 An explanation of atmospheric warming cycles over the eons, and the difference between those natural cycles and the present CO2 buildup. Daniel Cziczo

Can Seagrasses Weather Ocean Warming?

06/14/21 Seagrasses feed and protect many marine species. They stabilize shorelines. They reduce ocean acidification. Can seagrasses endure ocean warming? Barnabas Daru

Climate Change and Ocean Circulation Systems

09/28/20 Ocean currents transport heat and cold around the globe, affecting weather and climate, and delivering nutrients to marine life. How does the accelerating climate change impact this vital system? Amy Bower

Climate Change: How to Think Globally & Act Locally

02/12/18 Today's global citizens can and must engage in the struggle to address climate change. Dan Cziczo

Clive Hamilton Talks about the Geoengineering Issue

10/28/13 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

09/12/17 Clouds are an essential component of the dynamics of climate change. Here's how that works. Daniel Cziczo

Coastal Ecosystems and Climate Change

12/17/14 An international expert explains how coastal ecosystems function and how they are adjusting to current stresses. Brian Helmuth

Coastal Wetlands and Salt Marshes

01-17-23 Coastal wetlands and salt marshes absorb huge amounts of CO2. Scientists are working to understand this complex process when such ecosystems are especially stressed by climate change. Robinson Fulweiler

Communicating Climate Change Through Science and Technology

04/25/17 Some ways to show how marine organisms actually experience climate change. Brian Helmuth

Corporate Science and Genetically Modified Foods

04/15/15 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

11/18/14 How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many critical issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environmental toxins, climate change. Naomi Oreskes

Deep-Sea Volcanoes

04/26/16 Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. Here are some amazing discoveries. Daniel Fornari

Earth and Humans: A Planetary Perspective

05/06/14 A distinguished authority on Earth's geochemical systems explains the deep relationship between life and planetary environment. Charles Langmuir

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

04/12/16 How ocean earthquakes generate tsunamis --and where tsunamis can occur. John Ebel


03/16/10 Earthquakes occur somewhere, every day. Can they be predicted, and if so, how? Colleen Dalton

Ecological and Psychological Perspectives on Climate Change

02/13/18 Important factors that influence the way people think about climate change. Brian Helmuth and John Coley

Effects of Climate Change on New England’s Forests

01/15/20 The detailed study of New England forests helps to predict the impact of decreasing snowpacks and rising temperatures ecosystems.. Pamela Templer

Eye-to-Eye with Climate Change in the Ocean

02/15/11 Saving the oceans is an urgent matter... Les Kaufman

How Deep-Sea Mining Threatens Fundamental Ecosystems

05/16/23 Microbial ecosystems sustain all ocean life. That vital foundation will be disrupted by deep-sea mining and the impact may be extensive. Julie Huber and Beth Orcutt

How Glaciers Affect Earth and Climate

05/16/17 An important explanation of the relationship between glacial cycles and climate change. Jack Ridge

How Ocean Acidification Harms Shellfish

01/11/21 Climate change has brought ocean acidification and ocean acidification is a serious threat to shellfish. What can be done to save sealife? Louise Cameron

How Plankton Blooms Absorb CO2

02/24/15 What causes the massive plankton blooms that are necessary for stabilizing Earth's CO2 balance, and how does the process work? Amala Mahadevan

How Restorative Development Can Address Climate Change

09/13/16 An international authority on the dual impacts of climate change and environmental destruction discusses the urgent need for a restorative development policy. William Moomaw

Human Earth

12/09/21 A distinguished geologist compares the human impact on our planet with the impacts of natural catastrophes over billions of years. Based on his book, A Brief History of Earth, this discussion is a sequel to an earlier conversation. Andrew Knoll

Impact of Climate Change on Birds and Plants of Massachusetts

01/15/13 A discussion of the exceptionally well-documented climate change in Massachusetts. Richard Primack

Industrial Agriculture and the Humble Strawberry

02/20/18 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

11/05/13 What modern seismologists are learning about the Earth's interior. Miaki Ishii

Living Dirt: Soil’s Microbe Ecosystems

05/10/21 Healthy soil depends on healthy microbial ecosystems. These invisible communities have a very complex relationship. Kristen DeAngelis

Making a Global Plan for Climate Change

03/29/16 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

07/16/19 The destabilization of Earth's complex carbon cycle is associated with past mass extinctions. This mathematical model predicts a coming sixth mass extinction. Daniel Rothman

Microbes Matter: From Healthy Soil to Your Healthy Gut

02/08/17 An important new book connects the dots between the role of microbes in healthy soil and in human health. David Montgomery and Anne Biklé

New Paradigms of Conservation

07/12/16 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

10/10/14 A leader in the international research on marine sediments explains how climate history is recorded in ocean sediments. Richard Murray

Our Rising Seas

02/19/17 Sea-level patterns over 2000 years and the situation now. Andrew Kemp

Our Shaking Earth: Understanding and Predicting Earthquakes

11-28-23 GBH Forum Network webinar: 12 Noon (EST) Our planet is subject to more than 50 earthquakes a day. How do scientists analyze this activity and can they predict the most threatening quakes? Brendan Meade

Plankton: The Humble Base of the Ocean Ecosystem

02/14/17 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

10/22/13 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

05/10/11 Sometimes even severely polluted land can be restored. Some case histories... Justin Hollander

Saving the Himalayas

12/22/15 Can the great Himalaya ecosystem adapt to the dual assault of rapid development and climate change? Maharaj Pandit

Soil: The Skin of the Earth

10/06/15 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

10/15/13 A distinguished ecologist talks about his new book on the Himalayas, his research, and the ATREE Institute that he founded. Kamal Bawa

Take Action! How We Can Save the Environment

06/21/18 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

08/31/15 Dudley Foster, the Woods Hole engineer closely associated with the Alvin's history, describes explorations of this famous deep-sea submersible. Dudley Foster

The Battle for the Future of Food

06/11/24 WGBH Forum Network webinar. Industrial agriculture (“Big Ag”) is a major contributor to global warming, environmental destruction, and disruption of good farming traditions. There is a better way to feed the world without destroying the planet. Tim Wise

The Long Reach of Polar Glacial Melts

04/12/21 The accelerating Arctic and Antarctic glacial melts will affect sea levels and land masses in different areas of the globe --often far from the polar regions. Natalya Gomez

The Menace of Agrochemicals

10/18/21 A prominent researcher-author-public advocate discusses the environmental and health issues of agrochemicals, especially glyphosate (Roundup). Sheldon Krimsky

The Politics of Food's Environmental Footprint

04/17/12 Calculating the impact of large-scale food production on the environment... Susanne Freidberg

The Real Key to Feeding the World

09/20/21 The distinguished scientist and author of "Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life" explains the destructiveness of industrialized agriculture and shows how to feed the world while restoring the soil and environment. David Montgomery

The Role of Oceans in Climate

06/16/15 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

01/22/13 The complex relationship between marine life and the chemistry and circulation of oceans. Mick Follows

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

04/24/18 An important critique of geoengineering, including cautions about misinformation. Daniel Cziczo

The Science of Clouds and Climate

03/21/15 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

01/10/17 A fascinating look at the vital role of seagrass in marine ecosystems............ Barnabas Daru

They Didn't Believe It! Plate Tectonics, Foundation of Earth Systems

02/29/20 It took almost a century to determine if and how continents moved (continental drift). In the 1960s irrefutable evidence showed that tectonic plates caused regular shifts of the planet’s magnetic polarity, volcanoes and earthquakes -and the drift of continents.

Troubled Waters: Fewer Fish, Increasing Malnutrition

10/25/16 A combination of climate change, industrial fishing, and seafood trade now threaten basic health in many developing nations. Christopher Golden

Troubled Waters: Red Tides and Other Algae Blooms

12/12/23 Belmont Media Center. Runoffs from agriculture, industries and other sources accumulate in many waters and cause harmful algae blooms (HABs), including the red tides that are increasingly common. Algal blooms are now occurring in every coastal state in the U.S., and are a major threat to marine organisms --and people. Patricia Glibert

Understanding Coastal Ecosystems

06/18/15 A visit to the Helmuth Lab at NEU's Marine Science Center to learn how scientists investigate effects of changing climate on coastal ecosystems. Brian Helmuth

Vital Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics

01-10-23 An explanation of one of the most important factors in our planet's climate: ocean-atmosphere relationship. Amala Mahadevan

What Arctic Caves Reveal about Ancient Climate Cycles

06/14/16 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

06/03/14 A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate. Richard Murray

What Your Food Ate

07/18/23 The actual nutritional value of our food depends on the quality of soil in which it is grown. Healthy soil, healthy people, healthy planet. David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé

What to Know about Geoengineering

04/22/16 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 We Need an International Plan on Climate Change

07/28/17 The long struggle to commit the international community to prepare for the worldwide climate crisis. Henrik Selin

Why the Earth Needs Its Oceans

03/18/19 An explanation of the complex relationship between the oceans and atmosphere, and how that balance makes the planet function. Amala Mahadevan