Sea Level Rise, Ocean Warming and Ocean Acidification
Saturday, June 10, 2017
By Daniel de la Calle

If you can spare 18 minutes, please watch this video of a conference about the oceans delivered by Professor Rob Dunbar, of Stanford University. I believe it was held in the Galapagos Islands not long ago. Professor Dunbar talks about sea level rise, ocean warming and about what "frightens [him] the most", OCEAN ACIDIFICATION.
I also took the license to cut and paste the text (below) of an interesting experiment I read on Youtube.com. It was written by a person that identifies him or herself as Devin Vollmer:
"A molecule of CO2 can react with a molecule of water to make 1 molecule of H2CO3, dihydrogen carbonate (carbonic acid). The hydrogen atoms in H2CO3 are weakly bound to their molecules and can enter solution as H+ ions, which increases the acidity (and decreases the pH) of the solution. Try blowing bubbles with a straw into water colored with red cabbage juice, which is a natural pH indicator. It will change color as the CO2 from your breath acidifies the water."


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SCRIPPS and A Sea Change: Science and Cinema on a Mission
Saturday, June 10, 2017
On Friday night we had a reunion in La Jolla with our colleagues from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  It was the first time we had gotten together since we stormed COP15.  After much strategizing, we have decided to have a repeat performance at COP16 in November.  We concluded that we had, in fact, made a difference, and we need to continue as an effective team on the ground.
Many blog entries and articles were written in Copenhagen on ocean acidification and A Sea Change, and here is one example (also pasted below) from a graduate student at Scripps:

A Sea Change
This film is amazing. If every parent could see this film, they would be set on fire to do something to stop ocean acidification. It follows the journey of one man, the filmmaker, Sven Huseby, who, after reading an article in the New Yorker about ocean acidification, becomes determined to save the beautiful fragile pteropods who are in the most danger of losing their shells if we continue emitting carbon dioxide and acidifying the oceans, so his grandson will grow up in a world will an ocean teeming with life.

After a screening of the film on December 10, there was a Q&A with Vicki Fabry, Andrew Dickson, Tony Haymet, and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. The moderator, Brad Warren, kicked off this portion of the Q&A with an attempt to address two criticisms: Two kinds of hope being peddled at COP-15, both of which deserve to be thrown out of the window of a tall building. Geoengineering in the form of ocean fertilization. And the fact that adult lobsters grow thicker shells in a more acidic sea sometimes. You can click on the link to hear the panelists’ response: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp-A-qCMhgY

Tamara Beitzel, Scripps graduate student
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Our COP-15 Action Plan - Upcoming Weekend Events
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Here is our schedule of events for the next few days, from today Friday December 11 through to Monday December 14, designated as Ocean Day at the COP-15.

Today we have plenty to do--organize an upcoming press conference for Barbara and Sven at the Klimaforum, hand out our postcards with the events on the back, and follow up with our many new contacts and allies who are helping us to bring awareness of the oceans to the fore.

These are our key events:

Saturday, December 12 - Ocean Motion dance party for the sea. To take place under a warmed tent near the Anton, the ship managed by the Danish Society for a Living Sea. Music by Ray Andres Band and a special guest DJ. The party takes place on Havengade, between the Greenpeace ship and the Anton. There will be glog, warm food, and giveaways. Time: from 8 pm to midnight.

Sunday, December 13 - Bike ride action - we want to ride to bring awareness about the oceans to the fore. We want every one to wear blue. We hope to provide blue ponchos or ribbons or strips of cloth or t-shirts, whatever works. The ride will start near the Anton (see above) and end at Radhusplausen. Time: from 1 pm

Monday, December 14 - Screening of A Sea Change. This is our last of four screenings. It will take place at the Klimaforum, the People's Climate Summit, Green Hall, Onkel Dannys Plads 1 at 9 pm. Like all the others, this screening will be followed by a Q&A with Barbara and Sven and our special guests: leading researchers on the ocean and climate change.

If you're in Copenhagen, please join us at one or all of these events. If you have any other ideas of actions that can be taken during the COP-15 to continue to make a commotion for the ocean, please let us know.


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