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The Precarious State of Our Oceans

In the inaugural event in 2015, the Managing Our Planet series returns to discuss the state of our oceans.

Date & Time

Feb. 25, 2015
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Precarious State of Our Oceans

Humanity has had an unequivocal impact on the world’s oceans and our continued growth in population has seen a declining rate in fish populations and the growth of hypoxic zones devoid of animal life. A recent study by the University of California Santa Barbara points to the role of human activity in degrading marine fauna.

On February 25, a panel of experts will discuss how the oceans are reacting to the growing threat from humans and what can be done from a biological and security standpoint.

The “Managing Our Planet” seminar series is developed jointly by George Mason University, the Brazil Institute and the Environmental Change and Security Program. It is based on the premise that the impacts of humanity on the environment (including natural resources) are at a planetary scale, requiring planetary-scale solutions.

Click here to view the full study by Douglas McCauley et al “Marine Defaunation: Animal Loss in the Global Ocean”

Watch the Pristine Seas: Protecting an Ocean at Risk video here
 


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Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in all sectors.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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