[Coral-List] New paper in Science: "Contrasting futures for ocean and society from different anthropogenic CO2 emissions scenarios"
Mark Eakin - NOAA Federal
mark.eakin at noaa.gov
Fri Jul 3 08:28:30 EDT 2015
For those interested in reading some of the stories on this article here
are a few:
Two from The Guardian:
A very nice summary by Dana Nuticelli
A good one from a press corp
or for those who might want it in French:
or (Swiss) German:
or video from the BBC (not much on the paper but they did capture the
essence of the concerns):
Finally, the Oceans 2015 also put out a nice cartoon short on the major
On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 2:42 PM, Mark Eakin <mark.eakin at noaa.gov> wrote:
> If we fail to cap global warming the effect on the world’s oceans will be
> catastrophic, with far reaching consequences for mankind.
> A paper published in today’s *Science* magazine warns that an immediate
> and substantial reduction of CO2 emissions is required to prevent massive
> and irreversible impacts on ocean ecosystems and their ability to capture CO
> 2 and absorb heat. As CO2 increases, the protection, adaptation and
> repair options for the ocean become fewer and less effective.
> Impacts on key marine and coastal organisms and ecosystems from CO2 emissions
> are already detectable across various latitudes, and several will face high
> risk of impacts well before 2100 even with stringent cuts in CO2 emissions.
> Some of the greatest impacts are expected to be felt by coral reefs and
> bivalves, even if we keep the earth at 2°C of warming.
> The findings demonstrate the importance of the outcomes of negotiations
> at the *Paris Climate Conference* [ http://www.cop21paris.org/about/cop21 ]
> also known as COP21, which is being organized by the *United Nations
> Framework Convention on Climate Change* [ http://newsroom.unfccc.int/about
> / ] later this year.
> The globally agreed ‘Copenhagen Accord’ goal of a global atmospheric
> temperature increase of less than 2°C by 2100 already carries high risks
> of impacts for warm-water corals and mid-latitude bivalves, but other risks
> for the ocean will remain moderate as long as we do not exceed this goal.
> Research leader Jean Pierre Gattuso, Senior Scientist at the *French
> National Centre for Scientific Research* [ http://www.cnrs.fr/ ] said,
> ‘The oceans have been minimally considered at previous climate
> negotiations; our study provides compelling arguments for a radical change
> at COP21’.
> The paper *Contrasting Futures for Ocean and Society from Different
> Anthropogenic CO**₂** Emissions Scenarios* can be read in full on the
> Science website [
> http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6243/aac4722.abstract — attached]
> This research is part of the Oceans 2015 Initiative, launched to provide
> COP21 negotiators with key information on how the future ocean will look.
> It is led by CNRS-UPMC and IDDRI and is supported by the Prince Albert II
> of Monaco Foundation, the Ocean Acidification International Coordination
> Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the BNP Paribas
> Foundation and the Monégasque Association for Ocean Acidification.
> C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D.
> Coordinator, NOAA Coral Reef Watch
> National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
> Center for Satellite Applications and Research
> Satellite Oceanography & Climate Division
> e-mail: mark.eakin at noaa.gov
> url: coralreefwatch.noaa.gov
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> “We all know that human activities are changing the atmosphere in
> unexpected and in unprecedented ways...Together, we have a responsibility
> to ourselves and the generations to come to fulfill our stewardship
> President George H.W. Bush, February 5 1990
C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D.
Coordinator, NOAA Coral Reef Watch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Center for Satellite Applications and Research
Satellite Oceanography & Climate Division
e-mail: mark.eakin at noaa.gov
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP)
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