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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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Rosenberg Institute Spring 2017 Public Forum: “Ocean acidification: How does it impact the California Coast?”, 5 April 2017, Tiburon, CA

Date & time: Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Location: Bay Conference Center at the Romberg Tiburon Centre, 3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920, United States

Human-forced emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have caused a fundamental chemical change in seawater, termed ‘ocean acidification’ (OA). The West Coast of the U.S. sits at the forefront of addressing impacts of OA, due to local oceanography and recent, catastrophic failures at oyster hatcheries over the past decade. Research along the West Coast has brought into sharp focus the potential local consequences of highly acidified seawater for aquaculture operations and California ecosystems more broadly. In response, states have mobilized in developing policy and science recommendations (e.g., WA Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel, and the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel). This talk will review the science of OA, how it is impacting the California Coast, and how the West Coast states have shown leadership in addressing this problem.

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Invitation to participate in the online Ocean Acidification Forum, 9-30 March 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to extend an invitation to participate in a moderated online discussion forum on Ocean Acidification to support the global stakeholder input process toward the convening of the UN SDG 14 Ocean Conference in June later this year in New York. The Conference is being co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Fiji. For more information on the Conference please see https://oceanconference.un.org/.

The online discussion forum is seeking to capture your ideas and perspectives on the challenges, approaches, calls for action, and partnerships for implementing Target 14.3 to minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification.

You may make your submissions under any or all of three key questions posed on the forum. The forum opened last week and will continue until 30 March 2017.

Please visit http://www.oceanactionhub.org/ocean-acidification-discussion.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

The forum is co-moderated by Kirsten Isensee (IOC-UNESCO), David Osborn (IAEA Environment Laboratories), Bronte Tilbrook (CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre), and Libby Jewett (NOAA Ocean Acidification Program).  If you have trouble registering or posting online, please contact info(at)oceanactionhub.org.

Please feel free to distribute this forum discussion link widely through your networks.

Thank you,

Roberta Hansman, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Seattle Town Hall event: “Tidal energy, ocean acidification, and melting sea ice”, 13 March 2017

Date & time: Monday, 13 March 2017, 5:30pm

Location: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Description: Oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet’s surface and make up more than 95 percent of earth’s water. The impacts of pollution and global warming on these massive bodies of water have the potential to affect us all. UW students Emma Hodgson and Maddie Smith will discuss their investigations into the impacts of human behavior and global warming on our oceans, specifically acidification and melting sea ice. Engineering student Molly Grear will discuss the ways tidal energy can be used to mitigate these effects.

Presented by: The University of Washington and Town Hall as a part of our Science and UW Science Now series.

Further information. 

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.

The ocean acidification day [June 8, 2017]: call for interest

Show your support to the OA-Africa network by joining the ocean acidification day on the June 8, 2017.

Ocean acidification is now identified as major threat to marine ecosystems and is one of the SDGs target: “14.3 Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels”. When it comes to understanding, projecting and anticipating the impacts of ocean acidification, some countries or even continents are left relatively unexplored. For example, no studies were performed on ocean acidification impacts along the coasts of Africa despite its biological and socio-economical vulnerability to future global changes.

This was the rationale behind the development of an ocean acidification Africa network. OA-Africa has been developed over three training courses (South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius) and recently launched at a recent ocean acidification capacity building and networking workshop in Dakar, Senegal (13 – 16 February 2017). Prominent researchers representing several African coastal countries discussed the coordination and regional priorities for ocean acidification activities on the continent. Broadly, the network aims to coordinate on ocean acidification related research and monitoring, provide information and guidance to stakeholders and policy makers, and promote and advance ocean research through outreach and capacity building initiatives.

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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.


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