Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Special Presentation and Book Signing with New York Times Reporter
Lecture and Book Signing January 11 at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoScripps Institution of Oceanography invites you to join Andrew Revkin, acclaimed New York Times environment reporter, on Tuesday, January 11, as he presents "The Daily Planet: A Journalist's Journey from the Amazon to the Arctic in Search of Sustainability." The presentation will begin at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing.
During the lively presentation Revkin will discuss his prize-winning book, "The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest," which chronicles the late 20th-century assault on the Amazon and the murder of Chico Mendes, the homegrown defender of the rain forest.
Prize-winning author Revkin will describe his 20-year (and counting) search for ways to mesh the human adventure with the planet's limits. This quest has taken him to the Amazon, with the resulting book, "The Burning Season," chronicling grassroots efforts to extract value from living rain forests instead of torching them. Most recently he has made three trips to the Arctic in two years to describe the extraordinary changes at the top of the world that appear to be driven, long distance, by the buildup of greenhouse emissions from smokestacks and tailpipes.
Revkin was the lead writer of a recent 5,000-word New York Times special report on the Indian Ocean tsunami (see http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/31/international/worldspecial4/31wave.html).
The lecture and book signing will be held in the Scripps Explorers Gallery at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, in La Jolla. This event is included with paid aquarium admission: $10 adults; $8.50 seniors; $7 non-UCSD college students with ID; $6.50 ages 3-17. Free 3-hour parking is included.
For more information on "The Burning Season," visit islandpress.org/burning. For more information on this event, please call 858/534-3624 or visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or scripps.ucsd.edu
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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