ecology

Ruth DeFries explains how the history of human development has impacted our planet.

For as long as humans have roamed the Earth, the advancement of technology has been a major driver of modernization and growth. Ruth DeFries, professor of Ecology and Sustainable Development and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, explains how the history of human development has impacted our planet, as discussed in her book The Big Ratchet.

SciTech Now Episode 203

In this episode of SciTech Now, the New York Fashion Tech Lab is a tech accelerator is helping companies at the intersection of retail and technology modernize the fashion industry; Ruth DeFries, professor of Ecology and Sustainable Development and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, explains how the history of human development has impacted our planet; The Blue Ocean Film Festival aims to spread awareness about what lies underwater, with help from aquatic filmmaker and explorer Fabien Cousteau; the Melrose Center is a 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility at the Orlando Public Library; and PBS Secrets of the Dead investigates the real possibility that a Trojan Horse could have been used to trick Troy into defeat.