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Ngā Kōrero: Pacific Paradise in Peril
Join us for the fifth webinar in the Ngā Kōrero series as we dive in to exploring the relationship between our changing climate and the ocean.

Our guest speakers will address topics such as:

• The ocean's role in the uptake of CO2, and how climate change affects the chemistry of the ocean.

• The impact of climate change on the marine environment, the people of Aotearoa and other pacific island nations.

• The actions being taken to reduce CO2/greenhouse gas emissions and slow warming.

• The role of ocean protection in mitigating climate change.

Scroll down to view our guest speakers' bios!

This webinar will be moderated by Alison Ballance, who is a former producer of Radio New Zealand’s weekly science and environment programme ‘Our Changing World’. She brings her passion for meeting and interviewing passionate people, sharing their knowledge and stories, as well as her background as a zoologist, wildlife filmmaker, writer and radio producer, to name a few.

Ngā Kōrero is brought to you by NZAEE Seaweek with support from the NZ National Commission for UNESCO and the Live Ocean Charitable Trust.

Be sure to join the Seaweek mailing list to hear about future webinars and opportunities to engage with us. www.seaweek.org.nz


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Dr. James Renwick
Climate Scientist @Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka
James is a climate researcher who studies Southern Hemisphere climate variability, and the impacts of climate change on the Pacific, New Zealand and the Antarctic. He has been a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the last 20 years, contributing to three Assessment Reports. James was awarded the Prime Minister’s 2018 prize for Science Communication and was part of the team that won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2019. He was appointed to the New Zealand Climate Change Commission in 2019.
Dr. Timothy Naish
Professor in Earth Sciences @Victoria University of Wellington, Antarctica New Zealand
Former director of the Antarctic Research Centre at VUW until 2017, when he took up a Royal Society of NZ James Cook Fellowship. He is currently seconded part-time to Antarctica New Zealand, leading the “Ice-Ocean-Atmosphere Programme”. His research has specific emphasis on how Antarctic ice sheets respond to climate change and influence global sea-level. He communicates Antarctic & climate science issues, including global & local impacts. Tim was lead author on the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report & serves on international science & governmental advisory committees; convening the World Climate Research Programme, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research & the Australian government’s National Climate Science Advisory Committee. He co-leads the NZSeaRise Programme, providing location-specific estimates for future sea-level rise our coastlines. His “Melting Ice & Rising Seas Team” won NZ Prime Minster's Science Prize, plus Tim was awarded the NZ Antarctic Medal and Tinker Muse Prize.
Filomena Nelson
Climate Change Adaptation Adviser @Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Filomena Nelson is the Climate Change Adaptation Adviser at the Secretariat of the Regional Environment Programme since October 2017. Prior to this, she was the former Assistant Chief Executive Officer responsible for Samoan Government’s Disaster Management Office under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. She was the National Response Coordinator for the 2009 Pacific tsunami that affected Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga and 2012 Tropical Cyclone Evan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Financial Management and Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji and a Postgraduate Certificate in Humanitarian Partnership from Deakin University in Melbourne Australia.