Thursday, April 12, 2012

C2ST Event : Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the John G. Shedd Aquarium present:
Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink
When: Thursday, April 19, 2012. 5:00pm Registration & Reception, 6:00pm Presentation
Where: Northwestern University Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium, 303 East Superior
Who: Allen LaPointe, Vice President of Environmental Quality, John G. Shedd Aquarium and Kassia Perpich, Sustainable Seafood Manager, John G. Shedd Aquarium
Abstract: There are many serious threats facing our oceans today. Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink will explore two of these merging issues. First, ocean acidification: over the last decade scientists have shown that human-caused increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are affecting the chemistry of our oceans, altering the main food web and proving harmful for many forms of marine life. Second, commercial fishing: in recent years scientists have also estimated that the global supply of wild-caught seafood will run out by the year of 2048 unless stronger fishery management practices are implemented. Join C2ST and leading area marine scientists as they discuss these two ocean issues and what we as consumers can do to have a positive impact in addressing them
Nonmember Fees: $10 Advance Registration / $15 Door / $5 Student. Please visit for registration and detailed program description
Parking: Discounted parking will be made available at the 222 E. Huron St. garage.

At the Center we spent time in all of our engineering ethics sessions thinking about how man-made systems impact the environment over the short and long term, and how these effects can be prevented or at least mitigated. Its likely that both consumers and engineers are and will in the future be involved in finding solutions to these issues, so check it out !

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