They devour crops and cattle feed and nab other birds’ nesting sites. However, starlings can actually show us how to live, says nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

The establishment of dozens of “healing forests” is part of South Korea’s surprising prescription to improve its citizens’ health and wellbeing. Journalist Florence Williams takes a walk in the woods to learn more about this intriguing approach to public health.

The trends and upcoming projects that will engage us in 2017 — as predicted by TED’s science, design and technology curators.

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?

Extreme hiker Sarah Marquis explains how pain gives way to pleasure during a 500-mile trek through the wilderness.

On a typical sunny day in the Amazon, 20 billion metric tons of water pass through the trees and into the air. This is more than just a feat of Nature — it’s at the heart of South America’s economy, as researcher Antonio Donato Nobre explains.

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.