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  • Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? | Kate Marvel

    Climate change is real, case closed. But there’s still a lot we don’t understand about it, and the more we know the better chance we have to slow it down. One still-unknown factor: How might clouds play a part?

    CONKAugust 1, 2017
  • When I die, recompose me | Katrina Spade

    What if our bodies could help grow new life after we die, instead of being embalmed and buried or turned to ash? Join Katrina Spade as she discusses “recomposition” — a system that uses the natural decomposition process to turn our deceased into life-giving soil, honoring both the earth and the departed.

    CONKJuly 18, 2017
  • How pollution is changing the ocean’s chemistry | Triona McGrath

    As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water’s chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a dive into an oceanographer’s world.

    CONKJune 20, 2017
  • How human noise affects ocean habitats | Kate Stafford

    Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances — and climate change and human noise threaten to alter the environment in ways we don’t understand.

    CONKJune 6, 2017
  • Art made of the air we breathe | Emily Parsons-Lord

    Emily Parsons-Lord re-creates air from distinct moments in Earth’s history — from the clean, fresh-tasting air of the Carboniferous period to the soda-water air of the Great Dying to the heavy, toxic air of the future we’re creating.

    CONKFebruary 9, 2017
  • To solve old problems, study new species | Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado

    Nature is wonderfully abundant, diverse and mysterious — but biological research today tends to focus on only seven species, including rats, chickens, fruit flies and us. In this visually captivating talk, Alvarado calls on us to interrogate the unknown and shows us the remarkable discoveries that surface when we do.

    CONKFebruary 4, 2017