June 15, 2012

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In celebration of World Oceans Day, people crowded into the Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC last Friday afternoon. Dr. Sylvia Earle Skyped from the stage with team of scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation on their research ship, the Golden Shadow, anchored off of Darwin Island in the Galapagos.

Dr. Earle spoke with the research team about how coral reefs in the Galapagos cope with threats including temperature change, ocean acidification and bleaching events. Audience members learned about current studies looking at rare coral reefs and how some coral species in the Galapagos hold hope that corals have the resilience to cope with global climate change. Following the live Skype call with the Galapagos, Dr. Earle led a panel of youth ocean leaders. The panel explored ocean conservation issues and highlighted youth that are making a difference for the world’s ocean.

If you missed the live event you can watch the full recording of the program here:

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