Cuba Begins Oil Drilling 40 Miles Off U.S. Shores (SEJ 2011, Miami)

Cuba Begins Oil Drilling 40 Miles Off U.S. Shores

SEJ Miami 2011Saturday October 22: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.


Cuba Begins Oil Drilling 40 Miles Off U.S. Shores

If you think the BP spill did serious damage to fishing and tourism, imagine an unregulated drilling project just 40-50 miles up-current from South Florida pristine beaches and world-renowned fishing industry. Cuba is scheduled to begin drilling just weeks after the SEJ conference. Will the U.S. be able to influence its safety standards despite the U.S. embargo and 50 years of tension? Could the Castro brothers use the project as a political tool in their volatile relationship with Cuba’s stated arch enemy? There are new efforts under way right now to create a dialogue between Cuba, the US and Mexico. And panelists will give us an insider’s analysis of America’s vulnerable position.

Moderator: Helen Aguirre Ferre, Co-host “Prohibido Callarse,” WQBA 1140 AM Univision Radio (Miami); and Host of “Issues,” WPBT2, PBS Affiliate (Miami)


David Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor;” Senior Fellow, The Ocean Foundation; and Director, Cuba Marine Research & Conservation Program

Jorge Pi??n, Oil and Gas Expert and Visiting Research Fellow, Cuban Research Institute, Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University

John Proni, Executive Director, Applied Research Center, Florida International University; and former Director, Ocean Chemistry Division, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Daniel Whittle, Cuba Program Director, Environmental Defense Fund


Room: Sandringham

37th Annual Hefner Lecture featuring Dr. David E. Guggenheim (Miami University – Oxford, Ohio)

Miami University - Oxford, Ohio37th annual Hefner?Lecture featuring Dr. David E. Guggenheim

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Named for Dr. Robert A. Hefner, a much-loved professor?throughout the 1950s and ’60s and founder/first director of the museum?that now bears his name (the Hefner Zoology Museum) ?the Hefner Lecture?is Miami’s premier biological sciences lecture. Established for a?general-public audience, the Hefner Lecture traditionally draws?approximately 300 people from the university community (faculty, staff,?and students) as well as from surrounding communities. Recent lecturers?include Carl Safina, Nalini Nadkarni, Douglas Smith, David MacDonald,?Ian Stirling, and Kenn Kaufman. Read more

Caribbean Environment: From Cuba’s Paradise to Haiti’s Nightmare, and Everything in Between (SEJ 2011, Miami)

Caribbean Environment: From Cuba’s Paradise to Haiti’s Nightmare, and Everything in Between

SEJ Miami 2011Saturday October 22: 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon


Caribbean Environment: From Cuba’s “Paradise” to Haiti’s Nightmare

From deforestation and pollution, to overpopulation, loss of resources and lack of protection, many of the Caribbean nations face serious environmental problems now, and worse in the future. With 95 percent reef loss, Haiti lacks fish to feed its population. The largest fish found in those waters in recent years was six inches long. Reef Check has begun a project in Haiti to start a conservation area there, and is training people, which means they first need to learn how to swim. Cuba lives between an invasive species nightmare and a temporary botanical safe haven, but for how long? Puerto Rico’s overdevelopment threatens to pave the entire island. We’ll examine the present situation and any remediation efforts being undertaken in this area, so crucial for tourism and the fishing industry.

Moderator: Susan Soltero, Univision.Net (Puerto Rico)


David Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor;” Senior Fellow, The Ocean Foundation; and Director, Cuba Marine Research & Conservation Program

Gregor Hodgson, Founder and Executive Director, Reef Check

Nadine Patrice, Executive Director, Operation Green Leaves Inc.


Room: Sandringham


2010 Gulf Oil Spill and Its Effect on the Caribbean (Sea and Learn, Saba, Netherland Antilles)

Lessons from the Deep: What the Oceans are Telling Us and Why it Matters (Explorers Club, NYC)

Lessons from the Deep: What the Oceans are Telling Us and Why it Matters

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the "Ocean Doctor"From the hallways of Washington, DC to thousands of feet below the sea, get a unique perspective on our oceans including their threats and what’s being done to reverse their decline. Learn how our perspectives on the oceans have changed over the past 50 years, and despite our species’ journey into space, how little we actually know about the salt-water-covered portion of our own planet.

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the ?Ocean Doctor,? takes us on a multimedia journey below the surface, to Alaska’s Bering Sea and the Gulf of Mexico as he pilots a tiny submersible; to the unexplored waters of Cuba, a living time machine; to breathtaking areas in the Southern Atlantic, including South Georgia, where Ernest Shackleton found rescue, and Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world; and to Gulf communities he is helping to recover from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Member Ticket price:?$65

Guest Ticket Price:?$70

Reservation Notes:

Dinners are open to Members and their guests. To make a reservation please email: [email protected] or call the Club at 212-628-8383

Please note: Members may only bring one guest at this time. All others will be added to a waiting list.

Cancellation/?No Show? Policy

* If a reservation is canceled within 5 days of the catered event, there will be No Refund of the ticket price.

* Credit Cards provided for payment will be charged within 4 days prior to the event.

* There are no refunds for a ?No Show? to a catered event.

Event open to:?Members & Guests

Additional event information at the Explorers Club

Coastal Zone Conference 2011

CZS 2011Coastal Zone 11 Conference — Winds of Change: Great Lakes, Great Oceans, Great Communities! Many factors are changing our coastal communities and our estuarine, marine, and Great Lakes environments. Recurring problems such as the impacts of coastal development and new threats such as those related to invasive species, global climate change and other human-induced hazards require new approaches to ocean and coastal resource management. Join us at Coastal Zone 2011, in Chicago, Illinois, to explore these challenges and learn from the experiences of leaders from across the nation and around the world. Read more

Ocean Inspiration: A Tribute to Jacques Cousteau

Ocean Inspiration: A Tribute to Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau’s 100th anniversary is an opportunity to come together and reflect on the future of Planet Ocean. Ocean Inspiration is a time to reconnect with our creative and intellectual capacity, and together move forward to positively impact our future.

Explorers, dancers, scientists, artists, musicians, filmmakers, family and friends will come together in this once in a lifetime event. Through spirited discussions and live performances, the audience will be encouraged to create their own form of ocean advocacy.? May 18 & 20, 2011:? New York, NY / Washington, DC Read more

Cuba: The Accidental Eden – Screening & Discussion at DC Environmental Film Festival


Cuba may have been isolated politically and economically for the past 50 years, but its borders have remained open to wildlife for which Cuba’s undeveloped islands are an irresistible draw. While many islands in the Caribbean have poisoned or paved over their ecological riches on land and in the sea in pursuit of a growing tourist industry, Cuba’s wild landscapes have remained virtually untouched, creating a safe haven for rare and intriguing indigenous animals, as well as for hundreds of species of migrating birds and marine creatures. Coral reefs have benefited, too. Independent research has shown that Cuba’s corals are much healthier than others both in the Caribbean and around the world. Written and produced by Doug Schultz for PBS NATURE.

Discussion with David E. Guggenheim, who stars in the film, follows screening.

Ticket/Reservation Info: FREE. no reservations needed. Read more

NCSE 2011: Our Changing Oceans ? National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment

NCSE 2011 - Our Changing OceansThe National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) presents its 11th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Our Changing Oceans on January 19-21, 2011 in Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The conference will provide a forum to address the crisis facing our oceans, new knowledge and innovative tools to address the challenge, and the policy and governance needed to restore and protect the oceans. Expecting over 1,000 attendees, Our Changing Oceans will bring together scientists, professionals, policy makers, university faculty and students, and educated citizens from a wide range of disciplines to share their perspectives and work to address the topic at hand.

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