human development

SciTech Now Episode 229

Researchers studying the zebrafish are making new discoveries in developmental biology; SciStarter founder, Darlene Cavalier, is crowdsourcing science research; the innovators behind RaceYa share their educational toy cars; and a dangerous flesh-eating bacteria is becoming a public health problem in warm coastal waters.

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.