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Most disasters come with heart-breaking visuals — innocent victims, burned wreckage. Our looming water disaster is invisible. Will anyone notice before it’s too late?

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Chances are, you don’t know much about tapirs. Don’t feel bad; neither do scientists. TED Fellow and conservationist Patricia Medici shares photos of the lowland tapir and explains why these elusive creatures provide far more than just your day’s “awww, cute!” moment.

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Your job: Be interesting. Researcher and author Laurel Braitman explains.

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Human beings have made enormous changes to Earth, reshaping it, developing it and generally altering it so much that in many cases its pre-human condition has become unrecognizable. In this far-ranging conversation, ecologist Erle Ellis and landscape architect Bradley Cantrell discuss what this means for ecology and architecture … and how we might think about protecting our planet.

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Science funding is broken. To fix it, we need to empower a new class of makers, citizen scientists and explorers

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Learn the how and why of using drones and aerial technology for science and conservation.

Many speakers have addressed the topic of drones from the TED stage. See clips and take a deep dive into this provocative topic.