Free Popcorn and Lemonade Screening

By Daniel de la Calle

The Duke Chapel Congregation has scheduled a free outdoor screening of A Sea Change this Friday, July 20th (at dusk, around 8:30PM). Moviegoers “are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Free popcorn and lemonade will be provided. A discussion will follow the film. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside.”

Ocean advocate Céline Cousteau and cartoonist Jim Toomey (creator of Sherman’s Lagoon) teamed up with the World Resources Institute to bring you Coral Reefs: Polyps in Peril. This short animated film tells the story of coral reefs with humor and admiration for these wondrous ecosystems.  Learn about the unique biology of coral reefs and their importance to people around the world, as well as the serious threats that they face due to overfishing, pollution, and climate change.  But don’t let that get you down!  The film also explores what individuals can do to help save coral reefs, including supporting sustainable seafood and tourism providers, reducing your CO2 footprint, and promoting coral reef conservation. 

Job offers: “The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre of Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany  and the Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany seek highly motivated and excellent candidates owning a Master’s or Diplom degree for the following 2 PhD positions in Marine Ecology and Marine Microbiology starting September 1st, 2012 (provided funding is granted).
The 2 PhD projects are part of the Bioacid II benthic consortium which will investigate in joint and interdisciplinary mesocosm experiments the biogeochemical, genetic, physiological, evolutionary and ecological impacts of multifactorial climate change on benthic communities[…]. Candidates should have a good knowledge in written and spoken English is expected.


Dr. Francisco Chávez, of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research institute, talks about Ocean Acidification and research done in Peru.

The following video, shown this past July at RIO+20, shows Jason Hall-Spencer talking about Ocean Acidification. Mr. Hall-Spencer is a researcher for the Save Our Seas Foundation:

We mentioned the recent International Coral Reef Symposyum held in Cairns, Australia, in our last blog post.  This is a Reuters video about it:


A heart-warming story about people, the ocean and saving whales:

“Michael Fishbach narrates his encounter with a humpback whale entangled in a fishing net. Gershon Cohen and he have founded The Great Whale Conservancy to protect whales.

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