environment

#292      25 min 36 sec
Prey for the oceans: How marine predators influence reef ecology

Prof Robert Warner

Marine biologist, Prof Robert Warner, discusses the relationship between marine predators and their prey. He also explains why marine environments may be more robust than terrestrial ecosystems in the face of human impacts. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#290      27 min 58 sec
Refracted brilliance: How nature’s structures produce color

Prof Ullrich Steiner

Physicist Professor Ullrich Steiner explains how nature generates vibrant colors, as seen in many butterflies and beetles, through the structure of materials, and how these properties can be usefully reproduced. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#285      37 min 25 sec
How green is your cloud?: The energy we consume by staying connected

Dr Kerry Hinton

Telecommunications expert Dr Kerry Hinton explains how the growth in consumer and business cloud computing, and the mobile and wireless technologies that support it, is driving massive increases in power consumption. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#274      36 min 06 sec
Just cities: Planning for fairness in the modern metropolis

Prof Susan Fainstein

Urban planning theorist and author Dr Susan Fainstein joins host Peter Mares to talk about how cities benefit and fail their residents, the pursuit of a "just city", and which cities can boast of being most fair and equitable.

#271      34 min 27 sec
Embracing zero: Satyajit Das on the end of continued economic growth

Satyajit Das

Global finance expert, author and commentator Satyajit Das warns us that the sustained economic growth we’ve come to believe is the norm is, in fact, unlikely to continue. Joined by host Peter Mares, Das ponders what a world of little or no growth would look like.

#267      22 min 29 sec
Counting the coast: Modeling the oceans of a warming planet

Dr Kathleen McInnes

Climate modeler Dr Kathy McInnes describes what mathematical modeling can tell us about the effects of rising sea levels and extreme weather events on our coastlines. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#262      36 min 30 sec
Vigor in the ville: Creating cities that promote health and well-being

Prof Billie Giles-Corti

Urban public health expert Billie Giles-Corti discusses how a rigorous, evidence-based approach to urban policy and city planning can help bring long-term benefits for physical and mental health and well-being. Presented by Peter Mares.

#253      30 min 46 sec
Sedimental journey: Probing climate's buried past to predict our future

Prof Jonathan Overpeck

Paleoclimatologist Prof Jonathan Overpeck describes how research into uncovering the earth’s climate history generates important insights about our climate future. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#252      32 min 10 sec
Watts fit to print: Developing flexible, organic solar cells

Dr David Jones
Dr Scott Watkins

Polymer chemist Dr David Jones and materials scientist Dr Scott Watkins discuss the latest in flexible electronics -- the printable organic solar cell. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. 

#247      25 min 25 sec
Giving off gas: Agriculture's role in greenhouse emissions

Prof William Horwath

Biogeochemist Prof William Horwath explains the impact that modern agriculture has on greenhouse gas emissions from the soil. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.