2020 Radioshow Podcast Archives

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A school of fish swim near a reef

The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change: Five Opportunities for Action

March 2, 2020

While solutions and efforts to reduce carbon emissions continue to build and expand, they are primarily land based. Guest Mansi Konar of the World Resource Institute shares how the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy analyzed ocean based solutions to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the "emissions gap" while at the same time providing co-benefits for sustainable development goals.

Read the transcript here (139 kb).

left: a breaching whale right: a seabird

Marine heat waves cascading effects lead to new tools to protect wildlife and Albatrosses as detectives on the high seas (two part show)

Feb, 2020

1st half of show: Dr. Jarrod Santora of NOAA of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center talks about the cascading effects of a marine heatwave on whale prey, whale feeding, Dungeness crab season and whale entanglements and discusses new tools and collaborations to proactively address future marine heatwaves to minimize negative impacts to species. On the 2nd half of the show Dr. Melinda Connors, a conservation ecologist at SUNY Stony Brook discusses the amazing information bio loggers placed on albatrosses can tell us about not only their lives, but about activities on the high seas. Could they be defacto law enforcement on the high seas?

Read the transcript here (183 kb).

An elephantseal lays on the beach

Elephant Seals of Point Reyes: A Success Story of population rebound, expansion and resilience to ocean change

January, 2020

January in Point Reyes means elephant seals are on the beaches in Point Reyes. Marine mammals that spend months away from shore and sometimes in our local CA national marine sanctuaries, but as far away as Russia and Hawaii make their way back annually to pup and breed. Dr. Sarah Allen shares some updates and new science about these amazing deep divers.

Read the transcript here (182 kb).