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TED Climate

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We get it. You care about the climate crisis—but sometimes thinking about it is just too overwhelming. Well, we’re here to help with that. Host Dan Kwartler unpacks the problems and solutions behind big systemic issues in bite-sized episodes. You’ll find out which bag is best for the planet, imagine… read more

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Why It's "Not Too Late" with Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua

December 7th, 2022


Not Too Late, written by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua, offers us the tools to tackle this current wave of disinformation, and provides …

The future of the food ecosystem -- and the power of your plate | Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

May 11th, 2022


Many people across the world don't have access to healthy food -- while in other places tons of food go to waste. Social entrepreneur Ndidi Okonkwo …

The tragedy of air pollution -- and an urgent demand for clean air | Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

February 23rd, 2022


"Breathing clean air is every child's human right," says grassroots campaigner Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, sharing the heartbreaking story of her …

How wind energy could power Earth ... 18 times over | Dan Jørgensen

February 16th, 2022


Over the last two decades, the wind power industry has grown at a dizzying pace. (Fun fact: a single rotation from one of the world's most powerful …

How to provide cooling for everyone -- without warming the planet | Rachel Kyte

February 9th, 2022


"The way we cool things down is heating the planet even more," says sustainable development expert Rachel Kyte -- and the solutions go well beyond …

Woolly pigs, high tech and other ingenious ways to take carbon out of the air | Gabrielle Walker

February 2nd, 2022


What do woolly pigs have to do with climate change? They're part of a vital, ingenious and evolving strategy to take carbon out of the sky and store …

How to realistically decarbonize the oil and gas industry | Bjørn Otto Sverdrup

January 26th, 2022


Bjørn Otto Sverdrup leads the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), which gathers the CEOs of twelve of the world's largest oil and gas companies around an ambitious goal: to get one of the sectors contributing most to …

Language shouldn't be the barrier to climate action | Sophia Kianni

January 19th, 2022


Most scientific literature is written only in English, creating an alarming knowledge gap for the 75 percent of the world who don't speak it. That's a big problem for climate change -- because it's hard to take action …

The dreams and details of a green shipping revolution | Jim Hagemann Snabe

January 12th, 2022


As chairman of the world's largest maritime shipping company, Jim Hagemann Snabe thinks a lot about how goods get where they need to go and the impact their journey has on the planet. Leading the effort to decarbonize …

A vision of sustainable housing for all of humanity | Vishaan Chakrabarti

January 5th, 2022


By 2100, the UN estimates that the world's population will grow to just over 11 billion people. Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti wants us to start …

Community investment is the missing piece of climate action | Dawn Lippert

December 29th, 2021


There's been explosive investment in new technologies aimed at decarbonizing the planet. But climate investor Dawn Lippert says something key is …

It's impossible to have healthy people on a sick planet | Shweta Narayan

December 22nd, 2021


The doctrine of "first, do no harm" is the basis of the Hippocratic Oath, one of the world's oldest codes of ethics. It governs the work of …

An action plan for solving the climate crisis | John Doerr and Ryan Panchadsaram

December 17th, 2021


"How much more damage do we have to endure before we realize that it's cheaper to save this planet than to ruin it?" asks engineer and investor John Doerr. In conversation with Countdown cofounder Lindsay Levin, Doerr …

The crucial intersection of climate and capital | Nili Gilbert

December 15th, 2021


The financial sector often talks of decarbonizing investment portfolios as a way to fight climate change. But portfolios can be "cleaned" without …

Tracking the whole world's carbon emissions -- with satellites and AI | Gavin McCormick

December 8th, 2021


What we know today about global greenhouse gas emissions is mostly self-reported by countries, and those numbers (sometimes tallied manually on …

How small countries can make a big impact on climate change | Nicola Sturgeon

December 1st, 2021


When it comes to tackling climate change, the size of a country doesn't matter -- it's their ambition that counts, says First Minister of Scotland …

How to make radical climate action the new normal | Al Gore

November 26th, 2021


A net-zero future is possible, but first we need to flip a mental switch to truly understand that we can stop the climate crisis if we try, says …

Introducing: Guardians of the River

November 24th, 2021


Today we're featuring a preview of a new show you might enjoy: Guardians of the River, the winner of the 2021 Best Narrative Nonfiction Podcast Award at Tribeca Film Festival. This is the story of the guardians of the …

A new perspective on the journey to net-zero | Amina J. Mohammed

November 19th, 2021


Climate action can be a vehicle to deliver dignity, opportunity and equality for all. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed invites us to …

The fastest way to slow climate change | Ilissa Ocko

November 17th, 2021


"Cutting methane is the single fastest, most effective opportunity to reduce climate change risks in the near term," says atmospheric scientist Ilissa Ocko. That's because, unlike carbon dioxide, methane's warming power …

Can China achieve its ambitious climate pledges? | Hongqiao Liu

November 12th, 2021


In 2020, China's President Xi Jinping pledged that China would both peak its emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 -- a change …

How much clean electricity do we really need? | Solomon Goldstein-Rose

November 10th, 2021


To fight climate change, we need to clean up the global electricity system by replacing fossil fuel power plants with clean generation -- right? …

The global treaty to phase out fossil fuels | Tzeporah Berman

November 6th, 2021


We currently have enough fossil fuels to progressively transition off of them, says climate campaigner Tzeporah Berman, but the industry continues to expand oil, gas and coal production and exploration. With searing …

The billion-dollar campaign to electrify transport | Monica Araya

November 3rd, 2021


The roadmap to ending pollution from transportation is here, says electrification advocate Monica Araya. In conversation with head of TED Chris …

The 15-minute city | Carlos Moreno

October 29th, 2021


Living in a city means accepting a certain level of dysfunction: long commutes, noisy streets, underutilized spaces. Carlos Moreno wants to change that. He makes the case for the "15-minute city," where inhabitants have …

Women and girls, you are part of the climate solution | Rumaitha Al Busaidi

October 27th, 2021


What does gender equality have to do with climate change? A lot more than you might think. Empowering women and girls around the world is one of the …

A roadmap for young changemakers | Melati Wijsen

October 20th, 2021


Activism is a tough job, especially for young people yearning for immediate change -- something climate activist Melati Wijsen has learned over ten years of pushing for environmental protection, starting at age 12 in …

Got (sustainable) milk?

September 22nd, 2021


Agriculture has enabled the existence of civilization—today, approximately 40 percent of our planet is farmland. So it goes without saying there’s a …

Can 100% renewable energy power the world?

September 15th, 2021


Oil: The prehistoric source of fuel that could drive us all into extinction. We need to pivot to renewable sources of energy, like water, wind and …

What if there were 1 trillion more trees on the planet?

September 8th, 2021


Trees have proven to decrease carbon in our atmosphere, keep cities clean, and even reduce anxiety … but how exactly do they do it? Dan takes us behind the bark to understand the anatomy of our gentle green giants and …

The secret lives of things you own

September 1st, 2021


THINGS. They’re everywhere! And we’re constantly being pushed to buy more of them, like the hottest fashion or the latest tech. But the true cost our planet and its climate are paying is much more than the sticker price …

How to make sense of extreme weather

August 25th, 2021


From raging wildfires in Australia to sub-zero winter storms in Texas, we’re seeing a rise in extreme weather across the globe. But how can we tell what’s caused by climate change, and what’s just bad weather? To answer …

Are we the next asteroid?

August 18th, 2021


So, in the list of bad actors for the planet there's been the ice age, the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, and then … us? Yeah, it really looks like that sometimes. But we've got hope! So what can humans do to steer …

What happens to the plastic you throw away?

August 11th, 2021


Plastic is everywhere. We know we should cut down on it where we can, but is plastic ever the answer? In this episode, a whole world of plastic you …

The US is back in the Paris Agreement. What’s next? | John Kerry and Al Gore

February 19th, 2021


On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a letter of acceptance that set in motion the 30-day process for the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate. On the day the US returns to the accord, John …

The energy Africa needs to develop -- and fight climate change | Rose M. Mutiso

November 23rd, 2020


In this perspective-shifting talk, energy researcher Rose M. Mutiso makes the case for prioritizing Africa's needs with what's left of the world's carbon budget, to foster growth and equitably achieve a smaller global …

How to decarbonize the grid and electrify everything | John Doerr and Hal Harvey

November 23rd, 2020


"The good news is it's now clearly cheaper to save the planet than to ruin it," says engineer and investor John Doerr. "The bad news is: we are fast …

To save the climate, we have to reimagine capitalism | Rebecca Henderson

November 23rd, 2020


"Business is screwed if we don't fix climate change," says economist Rebecca Henderson. In this bold talk, she describes how unchecked capitalism …

Lessons on leaving the world better than you found it | Sophie Howe

November 20th, 2020


Sophie Howe is the world's only future generations commissioner, a new kind of government official tasked with advocating for the interests of …

Apple's promise to be carbon neutral by 2030 | Lisa Jackson and Liz Ogbu

November 18th, 2020


Under the leadership of Lisa Jackson, Apple's environment and social VP and former head of the EPA, the company is already carbon neutral within their own corporate and retail boundaries. By 2030, Apple hopes to extend …

Amazon's climate pledge: to be net-zero by 2040 | Dave Clark and Kara Hurst

November 18th, 2020


In 2019, Amazon signed the Climate Pledge, a commitment to become a net-zero carbon business by 2040. Dave Clark, Amazon's chief of consumer retail, and Kara Hurst, head of the company's sustainability efforts, sit down …

How to be a good ancestor | Roman Krznaric

November 16th, 2020


Our descendants own the future, but the decisions and actions we make now will tremendously impact generations to come, says philosopher Roman Krznaric. From a global campaign to grant legal personhood to nature to a …

The case for stubborn optimism on climate | Christiana Figueres

November 16th, 2020


"This decade is a moment of choice unlike any we have ever lived," says Christiana Figueres, the architect of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. The daughter of Costa Rica's beloved President José Figueres Ferrer, she …

His Holiness Pope Francis | Our moral imperative to act on climate change -- and 3 steps we can take

October 11th, 2020


The global climate crisis will require us to transform the way we act, says His Holiness Pope Francis. Delivering a visionary TED Talk from Vatican …

Prince William | This decade calls for Earthshots to repair our planet

October 10th, 2020


"We start this new decade knowing that it is the most consequential period in history," says Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy's "Moonshot," he calls on everyone to rise to our …

The race to a zero emissions world starts now | António Guterres

October 10th, 2020


If we don’t act now on climate change, this coming century may be one of humanity’s last, says António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Guterres urges …

The global movement to restore nature's biodiversity | Thomas Crowther

October 10th, 2020


The secret to using trees to fight climate change is knowing which ones to plant, and where. Ecologist Thomas Crowther — setting the record straight …

Make your actions on climate reflect your words | Severn Cullis-Suzuki

October 10th, 2020


"History has shown us that in moments of crisis, society can truly transform," says environmental educator Severn Cullis-Suzuki. Nearly 30 years ago, …

10 years to transform the future of humanity -- or destabilize the planet | Johan Rockström

October 10th, 2020


“For the first time, we are forced to consider the real risk of destabilizing the entire planet,” says climate impact scholar Johan Rockström. In a …

Europe’s plan to become the first carbon-neutral continent | Ursula von der Leyen

October 10th, 2020


With the ambitious goal of becoming the first carbon-free continent by 2050, the European Union has committed to creating a greener world for future …

Environmental justice is racial justice | David Lammy

October 10th, 2020


Why has there been so little mention of saving Black lives from the climate emergency? For too long, racial justice efforts have been distinguished from climate justice work, says David Lammy, Member of Parliament for …

How cities are detoxing transportation | Monica Araya

October 10th, 2020


People around the world are demanding clean air -- and cities are starting to respond, says electrification advocate Monica Araya. She takes us on a …

Introducing Countdown

October 7th, 2020


Introducing Countdown: an exciting new global initiative from TED to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into …

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