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Welcome to the week.

We have Jennifer Raynor on the pod this week to chat about her research tracking and mapping industrial fishing vessels (from space!), and how that data can be used to make better decisions about ocean management.

The conversation also dives into the economic benefits of wolves (that’s right), don’t miss it!

Ok, news time.

This week:

  • ⚡️ The Senate backs nuclear power

  • 👓️Public health measures to reduce blindness

  • 💧River restoration progress

  • 🤖Safe Superintelligence

  • And more

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  • 🌎️ Trachoma is an infectious disease that causes blindness worldwide, but with successful public health efforts, it can be eliminated

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How do we stop overfishing if we don't know who's doing the fishing?

That's today's big question, and my guest is Jennifer Raynor.

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of natural resource economics at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Before entering academia, she conducted policy-relevant economic research for the U.S. federal government for nearly a decade, most recently at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries.

Jennifer's research focuses on improving the efficiency and sustainability of fisheries and wildlife management, primarily using methods from economics, data science, and remote sensing.

She serves on the board of trustees for Global Fishing Watch, and what her team discovered about who's trawling our oceans and where, could set in motion policy the world over to make fishing drastically more sustainable and safe for everyone on every front.

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