Here's the audio file (MP3/12.4MB/0:54:15) for this Saturday, October 18, 2008, session: Download C3_Water
The declining health of the world's oceans is an often unseen, intangible predicament for a land-based human society. But the daily outputs of life on land are having a tremendous impact on life in the sea. A wholesale re-ordering of the ocean's food chain is under way, not only through overfishing but from agricultural and industrial runoff into the seas that makes previously productive areas uninhabitable to marine life. The broader impacts of climate change, another byproduct of human life on land, will continue to have major impacts on the rhythms of life in the sea. What are the most dire issues facing the rich and vast natural resource of our oceans, and what are the practical ways to reverse the trends?
Moderator: Chris Kirkham, Reporter, The Times-Picayune
Dennis Heinemann, Senior Scientist and Vice President for Ocean Climate Change, Ocean Conservancy
Jackie Savitz, Senior Scientist and Pollution Campaign Director, Oceana