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12 December 2017 - Prof. Patrick Blandin, CEEL Director of Research and professeur émérite du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (Paris, France), published his newest article, Biodiversité : de la science à l’éthique

Abstract: Inventé en 1985, le mot « biodiversity » a connu un remarquable succès dans les milieux scientifiques, tandis qu’il a pris place en droit de l’environnement. Cet article tente de cerner ce que le néologisme, devenu concept, a provoqué comme renouveau en biologie et dans les façons d’envisager la conservation de la nature. Des ambiguïtés dans sa définition juridique sont soulignées. Enfin, les fondements éthiques
de la conservation d’une biosphère diversifiée sont présentés dans une perspective écologique et évolutionniste.

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Prof. Patrick Blandin
10 December 2017 - The Evolving Biosphere Ethic is now available in Russian! CEEL gives sincere thanks to the students from Group 8, 3rd Year, at the Russian State University of Justice: Alexandra Mazcka, Julia Ataullova, and Maria Kurilova, with the assistance of Professor Irina Krasnova. 

6-11 December 2017 - CEEL Executive Director Kathryn Gwiazdon represented the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) at the Joint Meeting of the Steering Committee and the Union, as well as at the High Level gathering, "Executive Preparatory Colloquium on Sharing Water for the Judges and Prosecutors Subprocess of the Political Process of the 8th World Water Forum" in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Partners included the Museu do Amanhã, the Ministro das Relações Exteriores, Ministério do Meio Ambiente, Brasil Governo Federal, Superior Tribunal de Justiça, Procuradoria-Geral da República, Poder Judiciário do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Associação de Magistrados do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, ONU meio ambiente, OEA/OAS Organization of American States, IUCN WCEL, Global Judicial Institute on the Environment, and the Instituto O Direito por um Planeta Verde,
K. Gwiazdon, with CEEL Board Member Karla Monteiro Matos, and IUCN WCEL Chair, Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin

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George passed away July 27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Not only was George one of the most influential conservationists in the world, he was a friend, a dear friend, to the people and ideas of CEEL. "I see you, and I will stand for you"  is a letter from our Executive Director, with the heartfelt support of the CEEL Board of Directors.

CEEL will continue to honor George in heart and mind - and courageous action. His spirit is alive in the Biosphere Ethics Initiative, and CEEL will determinedly raise awareness to the invisible and the vulnerable in, The Tale of Toughie: Ethics and the Amphibian Crisis. Onwards!