Their goal is to protect ocean health and help coastal communities adapt to climate change. (Yale Climate Connections interviews David Helvarg, Director of the Blue Frontier, regarding his work with the Center for the Blue Economy at MIIS on the Ocean Climate Action Plan #BlueNewDeal.)
Dr. Juliano Calil, co-founder of Virtual Planet, climate researcher at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy is featured in this Forbes Magazine article for his work on virtual reality 3D immersion to show the effects of sea level rise on specific cities and landscapes.
On October 18th, 2019, the Center for the Blue Economy and Blue Frontier co-convened a meeting of thought leaders from across industry, government, academia, and the conservation community of California. The goal? To refine the Ocean Climate Action Plan, a.k.a. the “Blue New Deal,” and take it to the national stage.
Many Maine communities have identified climate-related vulnerabilities to their homes, businesses and natural areas, due to the impacts of sea level rise and increases in severe storms. Finding funding for adaptation solutions is often a major barrier to addressing these concerns and moving forward.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing entitled, “Our Blue Economy: Successes and Opportunities,” on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Center for the Blue Economy Advisory Council Chair, Mr. Michael Conathan, was there to testify.