The Fifth National Climate Assessment is the US Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risks, and responses. It is a congressionally mandated interagency effort that provides the scientific foundation to support informed decision-making across the United States. Dr. Charles Colgan, Director of Research at the Center for the Blue Economy co-authored Chapter 10: Ocean Ecosystems and Marine Resources.
The Middlebury Institute attracts amazing faculty and students, and affords amazing opportunities. This spring and summer, MIIS students became published authors, filled a missing gap in historic scientific knowledge, and sailed the open seas.
How do you feel about Great White Sharks? Public perception is a powerful tool in conservation efforts, and it can have an economic impact for a tourist-driven economies. Help us understand your thoughts about Great White sharks by taking this brief survey.
A “How-To” Guide for Non-Economists to establish the Blue Economy in their National Income Accounts; Research from our Alumni and Students; Victory on the Policy Front for Ocean Climate Action
On June 8th, 2022, World Ocean Day, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the creation of a whole-of-government Ocean Climate Action Plan. The Center for the Blue Economy, Blue Frontier, and our coalition of Ocean Climate Action partners celebrate this announcement! Is it coincidence that they have titled it the Ocean Climate Action Plan? We think not!
There is renewed momentum for the Senate to use the budget reconciliation process to pass climate legislation. Ocean-based climate solutions are key to solving the climate crisis, and there is no time to waste. We may not have another chance like this for many years to come!
The story of climate change is not a simple one, not easy to tell. Middlebury student Kamryn You Mak weaves a readable, light, yet profound tale, as she connects the deep threads and through lines of a changing planet to her own experience in her article “Ice Plant = Climate Change,” a Planet Forward StoryFest 2022 finalist.
Ocean accounts organise social, economic and environmental information to enable coherent measurement of progress towards sustainable ocean development.
Stories include: The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Needs Your Support; The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Volume 8, Issue 2, published; The Middlebury Climate Change Semester: Inaugural Program Begins; The Ocean Needs Our Help-Now.
January 2022 marked the start of the first-ever Middlebury Climate Change Semester program, a unique and much-anticipated collaboration between Middlebury College in Vermont, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey. Undergraduate students from Middlebury College have joined graduate students at MIIS to study place-based examples of climate change, environmental history, and environmental justice.