Podcast: TED Talks series - Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

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16 minutes

TED Talks series, FILMED MAR 2009 - POSTED JUN 2009 - TEDxUSC

At TEDxUSC, Jane Poynter tells her story of living two years and 20 minutes in Biosphere 2 -- an experience that provoked her to explore how we might sustain life in the harshest of environments.

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Learning Goals

To give people understanding and perspective of how far removed from nature and the only biosphere we have to live in.

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Description and Teaching Materials

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Teaching Notes and Tips

To give perspective on how removed from Earth's nature people have become, and to help emphasize the understanding that humans only have one planet and biosphere to live in, therefore we must take care of it.


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References and Resources

After weathering two years in Biosphere 2, Jane Poynter is trying to create technologies that allow us to live in hostile environments -- like outer space. Full Bio >>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2.