Waves of Change is working with groups like the Climate Change Institute to address a number of climate change issues related to the oceans including:
-Bleaching of coral reefs.
-Change in ocean currents.
-Impacts on marine food security.
-Sea level rise.
-Relationships of oceans to climate change
Working with its newly formed coalition partnerships and utilizing its new communication technologies Wave’s of Change campaign works to keep the public informed and empowered to be advocates for responsible policy related to oceans and climate change.
Waves of Change campaign assists the public particularly in coastal areas to understand the impacts of climate change.
Independent of the details such as the exact rate of warming, the specific nature of the impacts, or how much humans are to blame, the impacts of global warming can no longer be ignored.
View "Climate Change Scientists Warn of Ocean Damage" video below.
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Climate change top ocean stressor: StudyLast Updated on 2015-07-17 10:04:35
Climate change is the largest human-caused stressor on the world's oceans, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.
Of the areas observed in the study, about two-thirds of ocean and 77 percent of waters in national exclusive economic zones experienced increased harm from human activity, based on a comparison of data between 2008 and 2013. Almost all of those detrimental effects on marine ecosystems came from climate change, rather than other practices such as fishing, pollution and agricultural runoff.
"The many stressors associated with climate change (anomalously high sea surface temperatures, ocean acidification and increasing ultraviolet radiation) dominate humanity's footprint on the open ocean, but commercial fishing and shipping also cover large areas of the oceans and contribute significantly to overall impact," said... More »
Humanity is ending its Goldlilocks geological eraLast Updated on 2015-01-29 15:06:36In the space of one lifetime, human interference is bringing the conditions of the Holocene - the only ones in which we know we can flourish - to an end, writes Geoffrey Lean.
It has been a Goldilocks geological era. The last 11,700 years have not been too hot, or too cold, too wet or too dry and have witnessed an earth well provided with freshwater and a great array of biomes and life. They have provided almost a planetary ceasefire after a long history of abrupt swings between very much more hostile hot and cold conditions.
So it is not surprising that it has been in the Holocene (the term comes from the Greek words for "whole" and "new") that human civilisation was born, grew and spread. We entered it as a few hunter-gatherers, but have now grown so dominant that scientists believe that we are ourselves bringing the Goldilocks era to an end, with unknown –... More »
Ocean acidifying 10 times faster than anytime in the last 55 million years, putting polar ecosystems at riskLast Updated on 2014-03-11 09:01:11An assessment of ocean acidification, presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw in November 2013, starkly concluded that acidity is on track to rise 170 percent by the end of this century. As many key species are sensitive to changes in acidity, this would drastically impact ocean ecosystems, with effects especially pronounced in polar regions where the cold waters intensify acidification, and which are home to many organisms that are particularly vulnerable to acidification.
The ocean acts as a giant sink for carbon, absorbing 24 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every day. Since industrialization, approximately 30 percent of anthropogenic (human generated) CO2 has been absorbed in this way. In the context of climate change this is incredibly important, as the amount of atmospheric CO2 is directly linked to global temperatures. But as CO2 is absorbed, the pH of the... More »
Conservation biologist: Environmental consequences of Keystone ‘epic’Last Updated on 2014-02-05 15:45:59
Conservation biologist Dr. Reese Halter is asked by MSNBC host Craig Melvin to respond to House Speaker John Boehner's call to build the Keystone XL pipleline.
Dr. Halter shares what he thinks would be the environmental dangers the Keystone XL pipeline.
Dr. Halter also responds to the water crisis caused by the West Virginia chemical spill.
Multiple ocean stresses threaten "globally significant" marine extinctionLast Updated on 2014-01-04 14:54:36
A high-level international workshop convened by IPSO met at the University of Oxford earlier this year. It was the first inter-disciplinary international meeting of marine scientists of its kind and was designed to consider the cumulative impact of multiple stressors on the ocean, including warming, acidification, and overfishing.
The 3 day workshop, co-sponsored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), looked at the latest science across different disciplines.
The 27 participants from 18 organisations in 6 countries produced a grave assessment of current threats — and a stark conclusion about future risks to marine and human life if the current trajectory of damage continues: that the world's ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.
Delegates called for urgent and... More »
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