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Sixteen year old Elif Bilgin turned banana peels into a bioplastic

After two years of research, experiments, and failed trials, 16-year-old Elif Bilgin developed a new process for turning banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic, a more eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based ...

Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste

One third of food made in the world each year ends up in the trash can. How can we stop the waste by putting that food to good use? From TED Ed, learn how worms can naturally convert our organic waste — green leaves, ...

The Goat Brigade: Preventing Wildfires in Southern California

Goats have an insatiable appetite. Elite goats have an insatiable appetite and are independent, hearty, and trained to clear brush across California's hillsides. Science Friday joins Ian Newsam, owner of Brush Goats 4...

The Fire Lab and the Mysterious Science of Fire

How does fire spread? How do different forest materials fuel it? How can firefighters better understand its behavior in order to control it? Why is the physics of fire so counter-intuitive and mysterious to us? At Th...

Ocean Confetti

Minute Earth: Ocean Confetti, how our plastic trash gets broken down into minuscule bits called micro-plastics. So what can we do to help? Pair the above with this super-informative video from the NRDC: Stop Marine P...

Ecosystem Engineers: How do beavers build dams?

How does one of nature's best ecosystem engineers go about revitalizing the landscapes around them? From PBS Nature, this is how North American beavers build dams. Related reading at Pawnation: Importance of Beavers ...

Lost at sea: Researching the impact of sunken shipping containers

Thousands of shipping containers are lost from cargo ships every year, eventually falling to the ocean floor and disturbing the deep-sea ecosystems where they land. In February 2004, a container was discovered within ...

Explore the Polar Bear Capital of the World

Using 360-degree cameras to document the landscape and polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, teams at Google Maps, Earth Outreach, and Polar Bears International have made it possible for...

Inside the Compost Cycle

From KQED Science, find out how San Francisco’s 600 tons of compostable waste can be transformed into a dark, nutrient-rich material that will not only feed plants to improve the quality...

Biodegradable mushroom packaging from Ecovative Designs

What if we could replace plastics and styrofoam with something much more sustainable? Something that wouldn’t fill our landfills, pollute our beaches, or float out into our ocean gyres? ...

Onward: Searching for Life in Iceland’s Frigid Fissures

In Onward: Searching for Life in Iceland’s Frigid Fissures, National Geographic grantee and biology researcher Jónína Ólafsdóttir goes diving in search of tiny arthropods in the underwater volcanic fissures of ...

Moser Lamps: 60 watts of free, natural light

In 2002, Brazilian engineer Alfredo Moser invented a simple way to bring the sun’s light indoors: fill a clear plastic 2 liter bottle with water and two capfuls of bleach, then make a hole in the roof and secure it wi...

TED Ed: The brilliance of bioluminescence

Nature often devises surprising solutions for hunting food, warning predators away, and attracting mates, but one of the most magical-looking of these solutions might be bioluminescence, or biochemical light created b...

Shaggy Lawn Mowers – Paris’ Eco-Friendly Park Lawn Maintenance

Shaggy Lawn Mowers - Paris Tries an Eco-Friendly Way of Maintaining Park Lawns… the New York Times reports on a sustainable idea: Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has made the environment a priority since his election ...

Dance of the Honey Bee

Dance of the Honey Bee from AbelCine. Watch more bee videos in the archives. Bees are also in the news. via @billmckibben.

Earth Touch: Antarctica Ep2

Two South African filmmakers and ecologists travel to South Georgia Island and Antarctica to film the animals that live on the seventh continent. In this episode from EarthTouch.tv, meet the trusting seals and pengui...

What is a Gyre?

What is a gyre? And how does this natural phenomenon demonstrate the impact of our plastic trash? Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres Institute explain how we can understand the intern...

Magnificent Giant Tree: Sequoia in a Snowstorm

With a cameo by Forest Scientist Stephen Sillett, watch this behind the scenes video about photographing the world’s second-largest known tree, 3,000+ year old President, in Sequoia National Park. The resultin...

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