How Companies Pollute While “Staying Green”

From PBS Terra. Individuals, companies and governments “offset” carbon emissions by paying to plant trees or fund solar panels in one place, so they can emit them elsewhere. Carbon credits are exchanged in the open market with the idea that carbon prices will go up – forcing companies to emit less. Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant looks…

You Can’t Shop Your Way Out of Climate Change

From PBS Terra. We have seen a boom in “eco-friendly” products marketed to consumers’ concerns about the impact of the stuff we buy. But this "shop ‘til you drop” approach doesn’t solve the bigger issue: overconsumption and overproduction are the key drivers of pollution and climate change. Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant looks at how “greenwashed” products…

Can Sharks Sleep?

From PBS Terra. Some species of sharks appear to sleep on the ocean floor. But while they’ve solved the problem of breathing at a standstill, it’s an open question whether or not sharks can experience a REM-like sleep state. Sharks Unknown host Jasmin Graham explains more!

We Brought This Fish To America. Now We Can’t Get Rid Of It

From PBS Terra. Earth Month from PBS Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnNZYWyBGJ1F8ofFm4H9UTrHxqU8zngK4 The invasive Asian carp, once introduced as a solution, is now disrupting native fish species and shrinking their populations across rivers, streams, and lakes along the Mississippi River Basin. Join Shane as he visits a safeguarded battlefront in a laboratory, gears up for an exhilarating fishing…

Bumble Bees Are the Fuzzy Heroes We Need

From PBS Terra. If the insect world has a fuzzy, charismatic cutie, it’s surely the humble bumble bee. While insect populations are declining around the globe, bumble bees face unique threats that make them particularly vulnerable. Surveying projects across the U.S. are combining the forces of researchers and community scientists to help protect these critical…

Does “Every Little Thing” REALLY Stop Climate Change?

From PBS Terra. Recycling, planting trees, and going vegan are just a handful of the many ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Companies and countries do it too, performing small individual tasks anywhere at any time to “save the planet.” But these small actions have little impact when compared to the vast polluting and emissions-intensive…

Invasion of the Toxic Toads: Nature’s Most Successful Failure

From PBS Terra. They prefer suburban living, they’ll eat anything in sight (including each other), and…they’re taking over the world? This Earth Month, say hello to the Cane Toad: the epitome of failing upward. Wishfully introduced as a solution to a problem, cane toads have become the problem themselves. They’ve established themselves as an extremely…

Why It’s Time to Stop Saving the Planet*

From PBS Terra. Western cultures typically share the idea that there is the “natural world” and the “human world”. The natural world is seen as pristine and untouched, while the human world is chaotic and ever changing. But all living things change the world around them in order to build homes, eat, drink and move…

Catching Anoles with a Fishing Pole and String

From PBS Terra. Why limit the study of anoles to the wild, when you can explore their secrets right in the heart of bustling cities? Catch these lizards in action with host Shane-Campbell Staton and urban evolution expert, Kristin Winchell. In San Juan, find out how anoles have evolved and adapted to their urban playground,…

How This Cave Formed Upside Down

From PBS Terra. Below the Chihuahuan Desert in southeastern New Mexico, lies an extensive system of limestone caves, among them the pristine Lechuguilla Cave and the famed Carlsbad Cavern, home to one of North America’s largest underground chambers. But there’s more to this subterranean world than gigantic geological formations. It’s also ground zero for a…

Is the Population ACTUALLY Booming?

From PBS Terra. Our demographics are shifting. Across the world, the total fertility rate is dropping as people have less children, even as our total population is expanding. Combine that with an aging population that could put a strain on social systems, and we may have a big problem on our hands. Far Out host…

This Winter Trend Is Overpowering Global Warming

From PBS Terra. 2024 was the warmest winter on record, so big winter storms are a thing of the past, right? Not quite…a new study reveals that there is a winter-weather trend that OVERPOWERS CLIMATE CHANGE. To better understand this, we are taking it back to March of 1993 to look at The Storm of…

Did Migration Shape Your DNA?

From PBS Terra. What is genetic data revealing about connections between present-day populations in the Americas and West Central Africa? Human Footprint host Shane-Campbell Staton meets with geneticist Steven Micheletti to examine the biological impact of slavery in America.

How To Accidentally Save the World (with Fungus)

From PBS Terra. How did a famous lab accident end up saving more than half a billion lives…and is it even true? How did a moldy melon from Peoria, Illinois save more than half a billion lives? And what does this all have to do with using killer viruses to make people better when they’re…

What Happens When Demographics Change Forever?

From PBS Terra. Our demographics look different than they did even seventy years ago. People are choosing to have less children, which leads to an aging population that could strain social services and deal a blow to the economy. But isn’t slower population growth supposed to be more sustainable for our environment? The answer is…

Was This Really a 1 in 700,000,000,000 Year Event?!

From PBS Terra. For decades, Antarctic sea ice trends seemed to defy climate change, until…they didn’t. In just two years, Antarctica lost as much sea ice as the Arctic lost in three decades. And a new study asked the question: does this represent a STATE CHANGE? And what would that mean for one of our…

Spot The Difference: Butterfly Or Moth?

From PBS Terra. At a glance, you might think you can easily distinguish a butterfly from a moth. But take a closer look. There are colorful moths and day-flying moths that can throw you for a loop! Next time you come across a member of the Order Lepidoptera, use these tips from Insectarium host Dr.…

How An Ancient Ocean Shaped US History

From PBS Terra. Learn more about Human Footprint: https://www.pbs.org/show/human-footprint From ancient seas to fertile soils, evolutionary biologist Shane Campbell-Staton explores the remarkable journey that transformed the Cretaceous coastline into the fertile “Black Belt” region of the American South. He joins oceanographer Craig McClain, professor Sven Beckert, and geneticist Steven Micheletti to learn how millions of…

How Pigeon Poop Helped Unlock the Universe’s Secrets

From PBS Terra. Is it bird poop? Is it nuclear fallout? Nope. It’s the Big Bang! The sound that gave us the answer to one of the universe’s biggest mysteries was discovered…completely by accident. This noise let science move on to explore what the heck our universe is doing today, and spoiler alert: we only…

How to Hear the Big Bang

From PBS Terra. Is it bird poop? Is it nuclear fallout? Nope. It’s the Big Bang! The sound that gave us the answer to one of the universe’s biggest mysteries was discovered…completely by accident. This noise let science move on to explore what the heck our universe is doing today, and spoiler alert: we only…

Plastic Recycling is a Myth – Here’s How We Fix That

From PBS Terra. Globally, only 9% of plastic is ever recycled, and even that tiny amount requires some virgin plastic to maintain quality. But scientists have discovered a new way to address this issue: “plastivores”, organisms that have evolved to eat plastic using enzymes in their bodies. Can we harness these enzymes and use them…

Why Do Some Cockroaches Fly?

From PBS Terra. Have you ever had a cockroach fly in your direction? While many species of cockroach possess wings as adults, few of them actually use them to fly. Learn why with Insectarium host Dr. Jessica L Ware!

This Gigantic Shark is a HUGE Mystery

From PBS Terra. Jasmin joins PhD student and Minorities In Shark Sciences co-founder Jaida Elcock on her mission to find and tag a massive and mysterious shark: the basking shark. If Jaida can succeed at tagging the endangered animals, then she can understand where these animals hide out and how to protect them. But it…

What Was Surgery Like In The 1800s?

From PBS Terra. Before the mid-1800s, surgery was unsafe and unsanitary. Thankfully times have changed, and we now have the modern anesthesia that keeps us under during surgery because of…parties!? Fascinating Fails host Maren Hunsberger unravels this unique origin story!

For Your Consideration: The Incredible… Roach!

From PBS Terra. You need roaches in your life. No, not the few pest species you might recognize scurrying across the floor, but some of their amazing, underrated cousins. Cockroaches are surprisingly diverse (there are even beautiful ones!), and they’re crucial contributors to ecosystems worldwide. Entomologist and pest control field supervisor Megan Wilson, Ph.D., helps…

Inside the World’s Only Chile Pepper Institute

From PBS Terra. Chile peppers spice up cuisines around the world, from Chile Rellenos to Hunan Kung Pao, but they can be surprisingly tricky to grow and harvest. In this episode of Hungry Planet, Niba chats with two teams increasing access to chile peppers: New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute whose researchers are breeding…

Is Clean Energy ACTUALLY Clean?

From PBS Terra. Electric Vehicles are supposed to be the future of clean energy, but building them requires six times the amount of rare minerals as conventional cars. Do the potential benefits outweigh the environmental impact? Far Out host Sinéad Bovell explores the topic.

Anesthesia Started As A Party Drug

From PBS Terra. Before general anesthesia, surgery was a gruesome affair. The main reason we now have effective pain relief during medical procedures is because of…parties?! Maren Hunsberger follows the story of anesthetic gasses from the Old Operating Theatre in London through to today’s science of modern anesthesia. Fascinating Fails tells the stories of accidents…

Meet The Indigenous Team Decolonizing Roller Derby

From PBS Terra. Team Indigenous was created to combat the racial imbalance in the sport of roller derby. Here’s how the sport is helping raise awareness of issues throughout the community while healing members and building resilience. Catch up on episodes of America Outdoors Understory with Baratunde Thurston now on PBS and PBS Terra.