Monaco meeting generates ocean acidification statement from scientists

Remember the Monaco ocean and climate change symposium we reported on briefly in October 2008? So nicely summarized by

The participating scientists have crafted a report on the proceedings, the Monaco Declaration, released January 30. The Declaration calls for an immediate, dramatic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, in order to minimize environmental damage caused by ocean acidification. Signing were 150 scientists from 26 countries, including pteropod queen Dr. Vicki Fabry, currently of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (and participant in this film, in the interest of full disclosure).

"Scripps Oceanography is emerging as an international center of oceanacidification research. Late Scripps geochemist Charles David Keeling is best known for his famous record of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations known as the Keeling Curve, but he also started the first time series of ocean carbon dioxide content in 1983 near Bermuda. Dickson established the reference standards for measurements of carbon dioxide content and alkalinity of ocean water that have helpedresearchers accurately measure trends in acidification over the past 20 years. Additionally Scripps researchers have deployed one carbon dioxide sensor off the California coast and have plans to launch two more in 2009. . . . Prince Albert II of Monaco has urged political leaders to heed the Monaco Declaration as they prepare for climate negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Copenhagen this year."

Prince Albert II is a well known conservationist; he introduced the October symposium, and is discussing possible further collaboration with Dr. Tony Haymet, director of Scripps.

Read the complete Science Daily article here.

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