The coral reef crisis: addressing the threats of global warming and ocean acidification

The Coral Reef Crisis: Addressing the Threats of Global Warming and Ocean Acidification.

Public Presentation: 6th July 2009 (15:30 -17.00) at the Royal Society

by Professor J.E.N. Veron
With introduction by Sir David Attenborough

Jointly organised by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, the Royal Society, and the Zoological Society of London.

Communicating the danger of major ecosystem collapse

Coral reefs are directly impacted by the synergistic effects of global warming and ocean acidification and are likely to be placed into a situation of irreversible decline if immediate steps are not taken to reduce CO2 emissions. In December 2009, Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be meeting in Copenhagen to discuss and hopefully agree to greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The scientific community has a critical role to play in informing the decision makers involved in the UNFCCC talks about the level of greenhouse gas emissions cuts required to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change and ocean acidification.

Professor J.E.N Veron is the former Chief Scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on coral reef ecosystems. He has extensively researched the highly synergistic threats posed to coral reef ecosystems by global warming and ocean acidification. Professor Veron will summarise these threats and the action he believes is essential at Copenhagen this December.

This presentation will be followed by a summary of the findings and recommendations of a Technical Expert Workshop held earlier in the day.

Location: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG (map)  The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (5 minutes), Charing Cross (10 minutes) and Victoria (20 minutes).

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