PALEONTOLOGY: “Hunting for Dinosaurs Showed Me Our Place in the Universe” / Ted Talks / Kenneth Lacovara” ☮

What happens when you discover a dinosaur? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara details his unearthing of Dreadnoughtus — a 77-million-year-old sauropod that was as tall as a house and as heavy as a jumbo jet — and considers how amazingly improbable it is that a tiny mammal living in the cracks of the dinosaur world could evolve into a sentient being capable of understanding these magnificent creatures. Join him in a celebration of the Earth’s geological history and contemplate our place in deep time.

ENVIRONMENTALISM: “Nearly Half of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Expected to Die in the Next Month” / RT America / Ed Shultz and Conservation Biologist Reese Halter ☮


An aerial survey shows that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is 95 percent bleached, and half of it is expected to die in the next month. Conservation biologist Reese Halter joins ‘News With Ed’ to explain what caused the die-off, how damaging it is for the planet and whether that damage is reversible.

ENVIRONMENTALISM: “France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants or Solar Panels” ☮

France RooftopsA new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.

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