Climate Change is the Most Important Challenge Facing My Generation

We have inherited an atmosphere saturated with greenhouse gases and a global economy dependent on fossil fuels.  The crisis could reach a tipping point during my lifetime and I want to help mitigate the potential disaster.  COP-15 will be an incredible opportunity to bring together everyone with a  shared passion for trying to solve this difficult dilemma.

Scripps weighs in on AP climate blog

The AP and other wire services are teaming to offer The Climate Pool, a Facebook page loaded with updates from Copenhagen. Scripps Oceanography Director Tony Haymet and climate scientist Richard Somerville have already been featured.

Scripps spotlight at Copenhagen: Ocean Acidification

Scripps researchers and COP-15 delegates Victoria Fabry and Andrew Dickson are featured in “Carbonated Oceans.” Watch and learn how Scripps scientists are addressing the emerging threat of ocean acidification.

View the full multimedia presentation of this topic in explorations magazine.

Prince Albert II of Monaco to join Scripps Oceanography in Copenhagen

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was awarded the Roger Revelle Prize at Scripps in October 2009 for promoting scientific research of the environment on a global scale. Scripps Oceanography and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation share a commitment to explore the planet’s most pressing, global scientific challenges, including the growing problem of ocean acidification.

Countdown to Copenhagen

15,000 delegates, 5,000 journalists, tens of thousands of activists in the streets. To put it mildly, we’re expecting a frenzy in Copenhagen when negotiators from around the world meet to address climate change. A group of Scripps Oceanography scientists, students and supporters will be there in the hope of informing the talks with the latest research on climate change.

We’ll be there to talk about phenomena like ocean acidification. We see clear evidence that the oceans are taking up atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by human activities and become more acidic. The raised acidity hampers the ability of shell- and skeleton-forming organisms like coral and clams to grow one of their main sources of defense. It may only be decades before drastic restructuring of some ecosystems begins and collapse of some fisheries becomes more likely.

But we recognize it’s important not to be all doom and gloom. Our researchers have positive news as well. Existing technologies already in use in the United States and Europe can make a huge difference in attenuating global warming and can substantially improve public health in the developing world. This can happen now.

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