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OCEAN ACIDIFICATION WEB-CAST THE WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY

NEW YORK, NY, November 17, 2006 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
On November 13 and 14, 2006, The World Ocean Observatory presented its first online, interactive web-cast, Ocean Acidification. This is a unique opportunity afforded students, educators and interested individuals to participate in the first demonstration of an ongoing series of global online events to explore ocean issues. Those who attended this event hosted in Australia participated in real-time interactive presentations and discussions with leading scientists.

The basic chemistry of our oceans is changing as they absorb carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by human activities. This decrease in the ocean's pH and the resulting increase in acidity is called Ocean Acidification. Present evidence suggests that dramatic changes in the marine environment over the next 100-200 years can be avoided only with early and deep reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

"Throughout 2007, the World Ocean Observatory will be developing and hosting monthly online events on similarly important topics. These events will be broadcast to networks of secondary schools, museums, aquaria and other ocean organizations around the world at no cost to the users; in effect, a new and exciting means of delivering educational services about the ocean."
-- Peter Neill, Director, World Ocean Observatory.

Dr. Scott Doney (WHOI), Dr. Richard Matear (CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research), Dr. Richard A. Feely (Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory - NOAA), and Dr. Carol Turley (Plymouth Marine Lab, UK) were joined by more than 170 students and visitors from around the world via web-casting software and personal computers to discuss the causes and effects of Ocean Acidification and to focus on research and future steps that can be taken to mitigate the damage that CO2 emissions from human activities are wreaking on the oceans.

The entire event has been archived and can be found at: http://www.thew2o-events.net

Visit http://www.thew2o-events.net/oa.php for the most comprehensive Ocean Acidification Website on the net.

The World Ocean Observatory http://www.thew2o.net defines the ocean as an integrated, global social system and addresses the synergistic relationship between the ocean and fresh water, climate, research, trade, governance, and cultural heritage. The Observatory provides apolitical information, responsible science, and educational services to build increased public awareness and commitment to ocean sustainability.

The World Ocean Observatory believes that informed citizens worldwide can unite to sustain the ocean through mitigation and change of human behavior on land and sea. The w2o.net is a place of exchange for ocean information, education and public discourse about the future of the ocean and its implication for human survival. Its intent is to communicate the full spectrum of ocean issues - climate, fresh water, food, energy, trade, transportation, public health, finance, governance, recreation and culture - as a realization of the belief that the sea connects all things.

Visit The World Ocean Observatory for The Cultural Ocean, The Physical Ocean, The World Ocean Directory, The World Ocean Forum, and The World Ocean Classroom.

CONTACT:
Amelia Poole/Liz Murphy
forum@thew2o.net

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