New Horizons in Science

presented by
CASW

The Amazon in crisis

Topic: Science + Science Writing
Amazon river
Monday, October 15, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
Lisner Auditorium

The Amazon biome includes more than 25% of the known plant and animal species on Earth and more than 60% of the remaining tropical forest. It is also home to 385 indigenous groups, as well as an estimated 100 uncontacted tribes. These communities are locked in land-rights struggles as the building of dams, roads, mines and oil wells continues, possibly pushing the Amazon to the brink of ecological collapse.


The stories are complex and challenging to tell. This session will provide an update on the state of the world’s largest biodiversity reserve, its exploitation, and its threatened communities. A scientist, a freelance science writer and a filmmaker will reflect on the opportunities and challenges of telling the stories of the Amazon today. 

Social media hashtag: #AmazonStories
 
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Workshop Registration Required?: 
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