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Q&A with Dr. Earle at the ‘Eye on Earth’ Summit

SciDev.Net talks to Sylvia Earle, scientist, oceanographer, explorer, about her hopes for oceans at the Rio+20 conference in Brazil in 2012.

The oceans are a life-support system and they are under severe threat, says Sylvia Earle. That’s why she wants to ensure that they are on the agenda of next year’s international conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro.

Earle is an oceanographer and explorer and founder of Mission Blue, which aims to establish protected marine areas around the world; and former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She has been called “Her Deepness” and “The Sturgeon General”. After speaking at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi (12-15 December 2011) she told SciDev.Net about her oceanic hopes and fears.…

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Dr. Earle Speaks at ‘Eye on Earth Summit’

Courtesy of ‘The National’
Edited by Deb Castellana

In 1991, the renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle was in the Gulf to view first-hand the damage being caused by the blazing oilfields of Kuwait, set alight by retreating Iraqi forces. Now, 20 years later, Dr Earle is back in the region to warn of other threats to the Gulf’s waters, and those of the world. 
She first came to the Gulf as a chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US, and spent a month scuba diving in the waters of the Gulf in 1992 as part of an international scientific expedition to survey the coastline from Oman to Kuwait.

“It was an opportunity to see the Gulf before all this,” Dr.…

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Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi Summit Begins Today

Abu Dhabi
December 12, 2011
Courtesy of WAM/Emirates News Agency
Edited by Deb Castellana

Running through the 15th of December at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC),  the Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi Summit and Exhibition will draw attention to the gap that exists between the need for better information about the environment and the efforts being made thus far to address the issue. Decision-makers worldwide will be asked to share their data in The Summit’s development initiatives.
“The United Arab Emirates and Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) looks forward to welcoming both local and international and to move toward developing a unified framework to keep the global environment under continuous review and improve access to environmental and societal data,” said H.…

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