Post by Vierotchka on May 30, 2013 11:30:29 GMT -5
Hendrik Poinar: Bring back the woolly mammoth!
Published on 30 May 2013
It's the dream of kids all around the world to see giant beasts walk the Earth again. Could -- and should -- that dream be realized? Hendrik Poinar gives an informative talk on the next -- really -- big thing: The quest to engineer a creature that looks very much like our furry friend, the woolly mammoth. The first step, to sequence the woolly genome, is nearly complete. And it's huge. (Filmed at TEDxDeExtinction.)
Jurassic Park! next down the line? IMHO, better to revive food sources like the "passenger pigeon" or "dodo bird"
Elephants consume too many resources now; why would we want to make more of them? Unless, of course, we could have mammoth on the menu.
How To Green The World’s Deserts
Published on Mar 4, 2013
"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert. ____________________________________
CP: Elephants are here for a reason: to prevent desertification.
"If you're smart or rich or lucky maybe you'll beat the laws of man but the inner laws of spirit and the outer laws of nature no man can, no, no man can." ~Joni