1. VOS2 07 Studying Samoan Culture


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    In this episode we talk to ethnographer Micah Van Der Ryn of the Samoan Studies Institute. Micah explains what it is to be an ethnographer as he catalogs the legends, history, and customs of everyday life in Samoa. We’ll also see excerpts from his documentary about Muliava, aslo known as Rose Atoll. Find out more at voiceofthesea.org.

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    • How Can the Federal Government Help Prepare Local Communities for Natural Disasters?


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      Learn more and download slides at http://www.eesi.org/040115resilience The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the recommendations of the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Speakers: Sam Ricketts Director, Washington DC Office of Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) Dr. Jennifer Jurado Director, Environmental Planning & Community Resilience, Broward County, FL Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Jennifer_Jurado_040115.pdf Carolyn Berndt Program Director for Sustainability, Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Carolyn_Berndt_040115.pdf The bipartisan Task Force of 26 governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and other officials spent a year compiling recommendations on how the federal government could help local communities be more resilient to climate change impacts. From an initial 500 ideas, the Task Force produced a report of 35 concrete recommendations for tools, training, funding and services the Federal Government can provide to help the nation’s communities increase their resilience. Even without taking into account the effects of climate change, making communities more resilient saves lives—and saves money in the long run. The Task Force recommendations represent an enormous effort to understand the needs and challenges faced by communities across the country as they prepare for natural disasters that are more frequent and severe due to climate change. These challenges are not far away in the future: states and local communities are already experiencing the devastating consequences of climate change. In 2014, California’s extreme and prolonged drought led to the loss of 17,000 jobs and $2.2 billion in economic losses. Record-setting extreme rainfall in Colorado during September 2013 caused floods that destroyed thousands of homes, businesses, bridges and roads, causing an estimated $2 billion in damages. Many local leaders have already begun taking serious steps to respond to these kinds of challenges, with the understanding that action cannot be delayed. But small communities often lack the necessary resources to be fully effective, making federal help critical. Among the Task Force’s recommendations is a proposal that the federal government spur the creation of Community Resilience Plans to help local leaders plan for natural disasters. The Task Force also calls for the removal of federal regulatory barriers during rebuilding after a natural disaster, and prioritizing rebuilding with resilient infrastructure that will be better able to weather the next storm. The Task Force emphasizes that the federal government has a lot of leverage: it can require infrastructure projects benefiting from federal funding to take into account climate vulnerabilities. This event is the first in a two-part series on climate resilience. The second event, to be held April 20, will focus on tribal climate resilience and adaptation issues, with a focus on the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw in Louisiana. It will soon be the first coastal indigenous community to relocate due to sea level rise in the modern era.

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      • Urban Tides Photo Contest 2015


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        This video shares images of extreme high tides submitted to the 2015 Urban Tides Photo Contest. Local community members captured the future of our Urban Ocean in Los Angeles and Orange County. Winter storms and extreme high tides called King Tides offer a glimpse of what flooding and future sea level rise will look like in our beach communities. Visualizing today's risks enables community leaders and local governments to set priorities as they plan strategies that will help the region adapt to the future impacts of sea level rise. #UrbanTidesPhotos © 2015 USC Sea Grant http://dornsife.usc.edu/uscseagrant/

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          The film, ‘Shrinking Shores’ showcases the story of changing topography on the eastern coast of Odisha, India and emphasizes how global warming has affected the social and economic life of the people that reside in the region.

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            "Intelligent Systems (the Surrender of Self in Mystical Contemplation)" video introduction - MIDI realization of music from Scene 4 "Hybolt Intrusion" and images from throughout the storyboard/libretto. World Premiere June 4-14, 2015 at SoBe Arts in Miami Beach: http://sobearts.org/INTELLIGENTSYSTEMSINFO2.html

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            • Melvyn of Goa speaks about the changes he's seen on the local beaches over 30 years


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              Potentially due to the devastating effects of ocean acidification (carbon dioxide emissions absorbed by the ocean), Melvyn described the dramatic reduction in oyster, clam, and other shelled organism's reproduction, as well as large changes in coral health. Having walked these beaches for 30 years, he has witnessed the changes that ocean chemistry can cause, as well as sea level rise. Interview conducted by Global Ocean Health Director Brad Warren. Global Ocean Health is a joint initiative of the National Fisheries Conservation Center and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. We will be working in SW India to help with ocean acidification monitoring and adaptation.

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              • David Savitz, STAC 2015 Grant Awards


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                "We have to score more goals," said David Savitz, RI STAC Co-Chair and Vice President of Research at Brown University. Comprised of members from the University of Rhode Island and its Graduate School of Oceanography, Brown University, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College and the EPA, STAC 2015 teams are set to study climate change variables affecting commercial and recreational fisheries, including aquaculture.

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                • The Witness Tree


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                  This film documents an audience-engagement event I held in Tompkins Square Park in New York City in September, 2014 as part of Climate Week. "The Witness Tree" is an art project documenting the global effects of climate change. This event sought to make climate change more personal and to bring our concerns to the attention of our politicians. Thanks to Hugo Massa for making this film and Tatiana Speed for the use of her song, "Crossroads." To learn more about this project visit www.TheWitnessTree.org.

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                  • Keti Bunder


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                    WWF-Pakistan through its CCAP project is working to make climate resilient ecosystems in coastal areas of Pakistan and neighboring regions so that livelihoods of coastal communities does not get affected - See more at: http://wwfpak.org/ccap/#sthash.avLYQuol.dpuf

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                    • Climate change affecting Pakistan's coastal areas


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                      Climate change impacts are affecting Pakistan, as according to Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2014 developed by German Watch Institute, Pakistan is ranked number three after Haiti and the Philippines as one of the country’s most affected by climate change. This goes to show that ecologically vulnerable areas of Pakistan are badly affected with this global phenomenon. Keti Bunder, a small coastal community situated at about 200 km south-east of Karachi has suffered badly at the hands of climate change impacts, as extreme rainfalls, floods, cyclones have forced people to migrate to other places for livelihoods and shelter. WWF-Pakistan through it’s Building Capacity on Climate Change in Coastal Areas of Pakistan (CCAP) project has planted 550 ha of mangroves in coastal areas of Sindh For further details regarding the CCAP project visit - http://wwfpak.org/ccap/index.php

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