The Conversation: Friday, September 2nd, 2016

21 minutes ago

Climate Change; Tahitian Dance; Economics of Ocean Conservation; Gene Drives; IUCN Update

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Climate Change: Nature Conservancy’s Lynn Scarlett

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  Climate change as we are often told, continues to be the central issue of our times. What to do about it is perhaps less straightforward, though that picture seems to be getting more clear. Climate change is also one of the driving issues of the IUCN World Conservation Congress over the next 10 days in Honolulu. Lynn Scarlett is the Global Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy and is speaking at the conference.

Intro Music: Into The Sea by Jack Johnson

Outro Music: Part Two In My Own Way by Ray LaMontagne

Tahitian Dance Workshop: Makau Foster Decuvellerie

Makau Foster Decuvellerie
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  A great teacher inspires her students to learn the deepest meaning, love and respect for the subject being taught. When the subject is Ori Tahiti, Tahitian Dance, they’re taught with the same intensity and reverence as Hawaiian Halau students. Our guest is legendary in Tahiti for her knowledge and teaching ability, and her troupe Tamariki Poerani is internationally known. Last year, she made the Guiness Book of World Records for bringing 2,980 dancers together at one time in Tahiti, this morning, Makau Foster Decuvellerie joins us.

Intro Music: Riot Song by Pure Love

Outro Music: Hei Porohiti by Royal Tahitian Dance Company

How US Ocean Policies Will Promote Economic Growth: Under Secretary of State Catherine Novelli

Whaling in the Faroe Islands
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  Three years ago, the Obama administration released its National Ocean Policy Implementation plan. In five sections it puts action to the policy created in 2010. One of those five sections takes on the cross currents of The Ocean Economy. In Hawaii, the debate over the expansion of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument brought the issue of the ocean economy into the local and national story., Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Catherine Novelli is in Honolulu for the IUCN World Conservation Congress to talk about how ocean policy will promote economic growth.

Intro Music: Hits Me Hard by Jon Lawless

Outro Music: Wake Up by Mono:Massive

Opposition to Gene Drives, a new genetic engineering application: Claire Hope Cummings

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  So what is a gene drive, anyway? Well, it's genetic engineering designed to rig the system of a species in favor of passing on one or several traits with much more than random probability. For example, if you'd like to rig the system so that the mosquito species which transmits the Zika virus is loaded with genes leading to sterile offspring, then that mosquito species will soon die out and become extinct. Then, no more virus vector, no more Zika. However, what are the unintended consequences?

Intro Music: Book of James by Augustines

Outrio Music: Mister Myriad by Jason Nolan

IUCN #NatureForAll Live Check-In: Tomasz Wiercioch

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  #NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. It is launching at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress with support from over 90 partners. At its core is a very simple idea: the more people experience, connect with, and share their love of nature, the more support there will be for its conservation.

Intro Music: Mister Myriad by Jason Nolan

Outro Music: To The Sea by Jack Johnson