Include ocean acidification to save marine ecosystem

Bangladesh Academy of Science and the academies of 69 other countries around the world in a joint statement yesterday warned that ocean acidification, one of the world’s most important climate change challenges, may be left off the agenda at the United Nations Copenhagen conference.

The statement, which was published through the membership of the Inter-Academy Panel during the 13th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) subsidiary bodies — SBSTA and SBI, 6th session of the AWG-LCA and the 8th session of the AWG-KP taking place today, said Copenhagen must address this very serious threat.

The framework conference in Bonn this week will ultimately shape the Copenhagen negotiations at the UN Conference on Climate Change from December 6 to 18, it added.

Ocean acidification is expected to cause massive corrosion of coral reefs and dramatic changes in the make-up of the biodiversity of the oceans and to have significant implications for food production and the livelihoods of millions of people, the statement said.

The Daily Star, 1 June 2009. Full article.

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