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Public lecture: “The Evil Twin of Climate Change—Ocean Acidification”, 20 April 2017, Belfast, Maine

Date & time: Thursday, 20 April 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast, Maine

For more information: 207-338-1137

State Representative Mick Devin of Newcastle will speak about the growing effects of ocean acidification on Maine’s fishing and aquaculture industries, along with the impacts of rising seawater temperatures and marine debris.

Devin has led the way in researching the culture and ecology of marine animals and plants and is currently using his research to develop new marine policy for the needs of fisheries in the future.

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La révolte de l’océan (in French)

Chers Collègues, Chers Parents,

Puissent Splic et Sploc, deux gouttes d’eau attachantes et curieuses, amener les enfants à comprendre que l’excès de rejet de CO2 dans l’atmosphère perturbe l’équilibre de l’océan et de sa vie sous-marine, tel est l’objectif de ce récit.

Confrontés à des coraux qui perdent leurs couleurs, à des coquillages qui ont des problèmes de calcification, les enfants prendront conscience, à travers ce récit, qu’en luttant contre le réchauffement climatique, ils protègent aussi l’océan.

En plus ils découvriront que l’océan global est parcouru d’ un ” grand tapis roulant” (circulation thermohaline) et feront la connaissance des “anges de mer”, petites créatures étranges.

Puisque l’histoire commence et se termine dans les régions polaires, les enfants apprendront aussi la différence entre banquise de mer et calotte glaciaire.

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Norsk Polarinstitutt seminar: “Polar phytoplankton under multiple stressors – the effects of ocean acidification under varying environmental conditions”, 22 March 2012, Tromsø

Date  & time: 22 March 2017, 10:00–11:00

Location: Norsk Polarinstitutt, Framsenteret, 6. etasje, Rom “Tre kroner”, 9296 Tromsø, Norway

Presenter: Clara Hoppe, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

In an era of dramatic anthropogenic perturbations of the global carbon cycle, the Arctic and Southern Oceans are experiencing rapid environmental changes, including ocean acidification, warming, sea-ice loss and changes in stratification.

Given their important roles in ecosystems and biogeochemistry, the responses of polar phytoplankton to climate change variables have received increasing attention in recent years. However, the interactive effects of multiple stressors remain poorly understood, as is the interplay of species-specific physiological responses and ecological dynamics.

Our group at the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany) focusses on understanding the physiological and ecological processes that determine the effects of multiple stressors on polar phytoplankton. In this talk, I will present some of our recent work on the interactions between ocean acidification and other environmental drivers, including studies on natural phytoplankton assemblages and key species from the Southern and Arctic Oceans.

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Ocean Acidification Forum starts 9 March!

The Ocean Action Hub is hosting the Ocean Forum discussions, which aim to engage stakeholders in assessing the challenges and opportunities related to delivering on SDG14 implementation in the run-up to The Ocean Conference. If you’re concerned about the Ocean’s future – as a local or global activist, a scientist or a government representative – please join the discussions!

Each discussion focuses on one of the agreed Partnership Dialogue themes and implementation of relevant SDG targets. The results will be shared with the conference co-facilitators, Member States and others as inputs into the Partnership Dialogues, Call for Action and Voluntary Commitments processes.

Facilitated by expert moderators from the United Nations and civil society, the second discussion focuses on Ocean Acidification. The devastating effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems is expected to be accompanied by significant impacts on communities and sectors dependent on the ocean for their livelihoods. Expert facilitators Kirsten Isensee (UNESCO-IOC), David Osborne (IAEA) and Bronte Tilbrook (CSIRO) will lead a discussion on challenges and strategies to minimise and address ocean acidification and its impacts. Please register to participate here and share your initiatives to implement SDG14.3 in your region. Contact: info@oceanactionhub.org.

Further information.

Grad students create interactive EMS Museum exhibit on ocean acidification

Geosciences graduate students worked to create a new exhibit in the EMS Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibit focused on several students’ research and employs numerous hands-on activities to create an interactive exhibit. Museum visitors can see 3D replicas of microscopic sea life that may be affected by increased ocean acidification, can use a magnifying glass to see real specimens up-close, and can learn more about microscopic sea life and ongoing Penn State oceanography research using an iPad display.

Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Marketing and Communications, 28 February 2017. Video.

Climate Change Seminar: “Impacts of Global Warming and Ocean Acidification on Ocean Biology”, 27 February 2017, Cornell University

Date & time: Monday, 27 February 2017, 2:55pm to 4:10pm

Location: Warren Hall, B25, Cornell University

Description: The 2017 Cornell University Climate Change Seminar meets Monday afternoons through May 8. This university-wide seminar provides important views on the critical issue of climate change, drawing from many perspectives and disciplines. Experts from both Cornell University and other universities will present an overview of the science of climate change and climate change models, the implications for agriculture, ecosystems, and food systems, and provide important economic, ethical, and policy insights on the issue.

The seminar is free and open to the Cornell and Ithaca Community at large, and will be available via Zoom Webinar.

Organized and sponsored by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Further information.

Sea Talk: “Ocean Acidification – Science and Policy”, 22 November 2016, The Aquarium of Hawaii

Date & time: 22 November 2016, 6-7 pm

Location: Open Ocean Exhibit, Maui Ocean Center, 192 Ma’alaea Rd, Wailuku, Hawaii, HI 96793

“Ocean Acidification – Global Scientific and Policy Challenges” will be presented by Dr. Will Howard.

Today, ocean acidification poses growing risks to marine assets ranging from the tropical reefs to polar oceans. Join Dr. Will Howard and learn about ocean acidification and discover which natural science and social disciplines will be vital in the coming years for policymakers, the public and the scientific community.

Dr. Will Howard is the Head of Science at the Office of the Chief Scientist in Canberra and has a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. His research work focuses on marine climate change, with particular emphasis on ocean acidification and its impacts on the past, current and future ocean. He is particularly interested in the ocean carbon cycle and the responses of marine ecosystems to climate change.

Sea Talks are held in the Open Ocean Exhibit. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended, please call (808) 270-7075.

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