2014-15 Speakers Series on the Geographies of Water
From Ocean Gypsies to Circus Performers: A Tale of Two Whales, a public lecture by Dr. David Duffus (University of Victoria) on Wednesday, September 24 in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall from 7-9 pm (pre-lecture refreshments at 6:30 pm). Dr. Duffus will speak about how his work with gray whales has taken him on a convoluted course exploring the human-whale relationship.
Dr. Duffus was an advisor and on-screen participant in the very well known and highly influential feature documentary "Blackfish", which was presented at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Geograph and Richardson College for the Environment. (Grey whale photo: By Merrill Gosho, NOAA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Geography in the News
Volcano Booms as Tourist's Camera Rolls:DiscoveryNews (Sept. 8, 2014)—As Mount Tavurvur erupted in Papa New Guinea last week, a tourist captured the dramatic moment on video, along with a deafening sonic boom.
Amazon deforestation jumps 29%:TheGuardian (Sept. 11, 2014)—Satellite figures show surge in deforestation, as agriculture expands in states of Para and Mato Grosso.
Ozone layer shows first sign of recovery, UN says:CBCNews (Sept. 10, 2014)— The ozone layer that shields life from the sun's cancer-causing ultraviolet rays is showing its first sign of thickening after years of dangerous depletion, a U.N. study said on Wednesday.
Lost Franklin expedition ship found in the Arctic:CBCNews (Sept. 9, 2014)—Prime Minister Stephen Harper says one of Canada's greatest mysteries now has been solved, with the discovery of one of the lost ships from Sir John Franklin's doomed Arctic expedition.