Climate talks must tackle ocean acidification: scientists

The world’s top scientific academies on Monday called on UN talks to include ocean acidification, a dangerous byproduct of carbon pollution, in a global treaty to tackle climate change.

“Ocean acidification is expected to cause massive corrosion of our coral reefs and dramatic changes in the makeup of the biodiversity of our oceans and to have significant implications for food production and the livelihoods of millions of people,” 70 academies of science said in a joint statement.

Their appeal came at the start of a 12-day round of negotiations in Bonn under the banner of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UNFCCC is tasked with steering 192 parties towards a deal in Copenhagen in December that will set down targets for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions by the middle of the century.

“Everybody knows that the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leads to climate change,” Martin Rees, president of Britain’s Royal Society, said in a press release.

AFP, 1 June 2009. Full article.

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