IAEA to Discuss Ocean Acidification in Warsaw

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The marine ecosystems that keep oceans healthy are subject to increasing stress. Levels of acidity are rising more rapidly than ever observed as the oceans continue to take up man-made carbon dioxide. This poses risks to all life in the ocean - and all who depend on the oceans.

David Osborn, Director of the Monaco Environment Laboratories at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will moderate a panel discussion titled Ocean Acidification - The Other CO2 Problem in a side event of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference (COP 19) that will be held on 18 November 2013.

The panel will discuss this emerging global concern, which poses a risk to marine biodiversity, ecosystems and human society. The discussion will highlight initiatives to address these challenges, including the need for greater international observation and coordination, such as the role of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network and cooperation with organizations concerned with ocean acidification.

The panel is co-organized by the IAEA, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.

Earlier this year, the IAEA held its annual Scientific Forum, The Blue Planet - Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment, aimed at raising awareness among Member State representatives, scientists, international and other organizations and individuals interested in the role nuclear science plays in addressing human stresses on the marine environment.

Mr. Osborn will be available to talk to members of the media during and after the event.

Date: 18 November 2013
Time: 13:15 - 14:45
Venue: COP 19, The National Stadium, Warsaw, Room Gdansk

Click here to watch a documentary produced by the IAEA titled Oceans of Change on using nuclear science to study ocean acidification.

Last update: 17 November 2014