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What Lessons Came Out Of Biosphere 2?

Filed by KOSU News in Science.
September 27, 2013

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Everything Is Connected.

About Jane Poynter’s TEDTalk

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.

About Jane Poynter

Jane Poynter is one of only eight people to live in Biosphere 2, a three-acre, hermetically-sealed environment in the Arizona desert, for two years. After leaving Biosphere 2, Poynter went on to found Paragon Space Development Corporation. Paragon develops technologies that might allow humans to live in extreme environments such as outer space and underwater. Poynter has had experiments flown on the International Space Station, Russian Mir Space Station and US Space Shuttle, as well as working on underwater technologies with the US Navy.

Poynter continues to consult on and write about sustainable development and new green technologies. In concert with the World Bank, she has worked on projects to mitigate climate change and to grow crops in typically arid and hostile regions of Africa and Central America. Through talks and appearances, she builds awareness of the fragile state of the environment. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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