Waves Newsletter
February 2016



Are the Economy and Climate  
on a Collision Course? 
New data on the economic health of the ocean and coastal economies suggest that future growth will largely take place in the narrow band of coastal lands threatened by climate change and sea level rise.

The forecast is contained in the latest report from the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP), a unit of the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.
  
Save the Date: 
Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30-7:30 PM 
The Arctic seems remote and disconnected from lower latitudes, but it is rapidly approaching as a force influencing life all over the planet. Like an object in the rear view mirror, the Arctic is closer than it appears. 

Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change, will share his knowledge based on four decades of studying Arctic ecosystems with indigenous and scientific teachers.

Event is FREE, but registration is requested.
Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30-7:30pm
Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute

Save the Date 
Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00pm 
The oceans are a sonic symphony.   Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world.  Sonic Sea is a film about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. Join us for a free film screening followed by a panel discussion including Michael Jasny, Director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council and other ocean leaders.  

Event is FREE, but registration is requested.
Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute   

The Changing Arctic:   
Ecosystems, Economy, and Geopolitics
Students  at the Middlebury Institute will have a unique opportunity this spring to take a course entitled:  The Changing Arctic: Ecosystems, Economy, and Geopolitics.  The course will be co-taught by Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, CBE Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and Dr. Judith Kildow, Director of the CBE's National Ocean Economics Program. Both instructors offer more than 40 years of experience in their respective fields.

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News & Events
A Center for the Blue Economy report regarding the economic risks of offshore oil drilling continues to attract media attention.  
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Dr. Charles Colgan, CBE Director of Research, attends the Social Coast Forum in South Carolina.  
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Alumni Making Waves
Ryan Bigelow (class of 2009), Seafood Watch Outreach Program Manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Check out his NPR interview on abalone--how to make a responsible choice.      

Vicky Bell (class of 2015) is now the Outreach Coordinator at the Blue Frontier Campaign in Washington, D.C. Congratulations Vicky!
 
Jordan Sanchez (class of 2014) is helping to challenge the "Bad Boys" surf gang on Southern California beaches in his role as California Coastal Commission Enforcement Officer.
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Sara Pfeifer (class of 2015) is working with the Center for the Blue Economy as a Research Assistant on non-market economic data. Welcome Sara! 
 
The CBE Applauds
 
This New York Times article on the embattled California Coastal Commission.
This Grist article: "What happens when an NAACP leader becomes a climate activist? Some really cool stuff."
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Kim Fulton-Bennett.  She created a website tracking the "Seasons of the Sea,"on the central coast that benefits locals and tourists alike.  Thank you Kim!    
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The "Wildlife Viewing Calendar" developed by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 
CBE 101
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