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American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

Thomas Froelicher, 2012-2013 Senior Research Fellow (Princeton), will be an invited speaker at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting....
December 14 - December 18
Moscone Convention Center

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016

Thomas Froelicher, 2012-2013 Senior Research Fellow (Princeton), will be the convener of the session entitled "Ocean heat and carbon uptake...
February 21, 2016 - February 26, 2016
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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  • The effects of climate change are expected
    Ask an Expert: Will oceans be adequately discussed at COP21?

    From November 20 to December 11, leaders from more than 195 countries will meet in Paris to discuss the future of the planet. But will oceans be on the agenda?

    COP21, the “Conference of Parties”, is the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change. It is being hyped as the most important climate event since COP15 in Copenhagen, which produced the Copenhagen Accord -- a political agreement that was deemed by many to be unsuccessful. Here Yoshitaka Ota, Nereus Director (Policy), and William Cheung, Nereus Director (Science), discuss whether these negotiations will be successful, what’s at stake for the future of the world’s oceans, and what else can be done to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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    Are we adapting to climate change, or resigning to it?

    by Andrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor

    In A Sand County Almanac, the landmark book on wilderness, ecology, and conservation, we are offered a short anecdote regarding a changing environment:

    “I had a bird dog named Gus. When Gus couldn’t find pheasants he worked up an enthusiasm for Sora rails and meadowlarks. This whipped-up zeal for unsatisfactory substitutes masked his failure to find the real thing. It assuaged his inner frustration.” – Aldo Leopold (1949).

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    Ask an Expert: What impacts will the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have on the trade of fish and seafood?

    On October 5th, twelve countries reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would create the world’s largest free-trade zone. The countries involved -- Canada, Japan, the USA, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, Vietnam, Australia, Peru and Malaysia -- represent 40 percent of the world’s economy. The TPP would see tariffs on fish and seafood being eliminated, allowing for potentially more exports and imports between partnering countries, and new environmental and labour standards put in place.