- News Home
24 April 2014 11:45 am ,
Vol. 344 ,
Major climate data sets have underestimated the rate of global warming in the last 15 years owing largely to poor data...
The tsetse fly is best known as the vector for the trypanosome parasites that cause sleeping sickness and a disease in...
The National Institutes of Health is revising its "two strikes" rule, which allowed researchers only one chance to...
By stabilizing the components of retromers, molecular complexes that act like recycling bins in cells, a recently...
Fossil fuels power modern society by generating heat, but much of that heat is wasted. Semiconductor devices called...
Researchers are gaining insights into what made Supertyphoon Haiyan so powerful and devastating through post-storm...
Millions around the world got a first-hand look at what it was like to be in Tacloban while it was pummeled by...
- 24 April 2014 11:45 am , Vol. 344 , #6182
- About Us
Science Academies Warn of Ocean Acidification
1 June 2009 12:12 pm
Scientific academies have joined forces to stress the dangers of ocean acidification to world leaders. The Interacademy Panel on International Issues (IAP), which has members representing 69 countries, issued a statement today recommending that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change recognize the threats posed by ocean acidification, in time for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.
Researchers are worried that as the world’s industries spew carbon dioxide into the air, the oceans are absorbing a quarter of emissions, increasing their acidity and harming marine life. “Ocean acidification is a distinct problem” from climate change and may require distinct solutions, says James Wilsdon, director of the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society in the United Kingdom, one of IAP’s member academies. Wilsdon notes that if atmospheric carbon dioxide can be stabilized at 450 ppm, one possible target that has been discussed by politicians, only 8% of existing tropical and subtropical coral reefs will still be in waters at the right pH level to support their growth: “Negotiators need to be aware of this,” he says.