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  World Wildlife Fund Chief Scientist and Vice President Eric Dinerstein discusses what he sees as the single greatest challenge for conservation worldwide: stopping the loss of habitat around the world.

This talk was recorded September 27, 2011 at Colby College in Waterville.

Read Eric Dinerstein's biography on the WWF website

  Senator George Mitchell's delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, where he discussed the environmental issues confronting the planet and all its inhabitants.

In a long and distinguished career of public service, Senator Mitchell represented Maine in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 1995. He led the successful 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and was the author of the first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law.

  World-renowned explorer and climatologist, Dr. Paul Mayewski discusses his research findings from around the globe including Greenland, Antarctica, the Himalayas, Tibet and Tierra Del Fuego.

Dr. Mayewski is the first person to lead a multidisciplinary over-snow scientific expedition to the South Pole.

  Dale Jamieson is director of the Environmental Studies Program at New York University, where he is also professor of environmental studies and philosophy. Jamieson focuses on geoengineering as an approach for alleviating climate warming.

  Former Maine 1st District Congressman Tom Allen addresses the need for a national ocean policy in a talk recorded at Bates College in Lewiston. Allen is co-founder of the U. S. House Oceans Caucus where he served from 1996 until 2008.

  Speaking in Maine welcomes world-renowned explorer and climatologist, Dr. Paul Mayewski to the podium. He discusses his research findings from around the globe including Greenland, Antarctica, the Himalayas, Tibet and Tierra Del Fuego.

Dr. Mayewski is the first person to lead a multidisciplinary over-snow scientific expedition to the South Pole.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk delivered by Scott McKay. He's the former leader of the Green Party of Quebec, Canada. He visited Bates College to discuss globalization, national distinctiveness, sovereignty and the environment.

Titled "Environmentalism and Sovereignty for Quebec: Perspectives from the Parti Quebecois," McKay's talk is sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Mellon Foundation Faculty Innovation Fund.

  Speaking in Maine features a panel discussion at Bates College, which seeks to clarify the pros, cons and points of confusion and contention in the policy debate over climate change.

  Environmental activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier steps up to the Speaking in Maine podium. She is a Canadian Inuit from Northern Quebec who represented the interests of Inuit in Russia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland at the Stockholm Convention that banned the manufacture and use of persistent organic pollutants that enter the Arctic food chain. In 2005, Watt-Cloutier and others filed a landmark petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, alleging that unchecked greenhouse gas emissions violated Inuit cultural and environmental rights.

  Danish environmental educator Søren Hermansen spoke about how his island of Samso, Denmark, became energy independent. Hermansen was named one of Time's 2008 Heroes of the Planet, described as "a green oracle, traveling from country to country telling the story of Samso's success."

Speaking in Maine returned to Bar Harbor - and the College of the Atlantic for a talk by Danish environmental educator Søren Hermansen.

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