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The Challenge of the Oceans

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The Challenge of the Oceans

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 : 03:00pm
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 : 05:00pm
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center : Washington, DC

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The first Managing Our Planet Panel of 2014 will focus on the impact of climate change on our oceans' ecosystems. 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.

The world’s oceans are under direct threat. The 5th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has noted that as a direct result of increased carbon intake, acidification has increased, which has a direct correlation to the overall health and balance of oceanic ecosystems. Furthermore, sea levels are predicted to rise in 95 percent of ocean area. How then can societies and governments work together to bring clear and lasting policies to shift these trends? On February 19th, a panel will convene to discuss recent oceanic challenges.


  • Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
  • Chris Parsons, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
  • Andreas Merkl, President and CEO, The Ocean Conservancy




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