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WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY LAUNCHES THREE NEW EVENT WEBSITES

NEW YORK, NY, April 9, 2007 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
The World Ocean Observatory, http://www.thew2o.net, is pleased to announce the launch of three new event websites. Each media-rich website features live interviews with preeminent scientists, extraordinary images and the most comprehensive collection of information available on the internet.

Ocean Acidification: http://www.thew2o.net/events/oceans/oa_webcasts.php 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.

High Seas Fisheries: http://www.thew2o.net/events/highseas/index.php The deep sea covers over 90% of the ocean bottom and mostly lies beyond 200 nautical miles from shore. These dark ocean depths teem with rich and diverse sea life, most of which remains undiscovered. For the fishing industry, advances in fishing technology have meant the unreachable is now within reach. The damaging effects of human activities from bottom trawling to pollution can now be seen in every ocean. This site explores the critical issues being faced as the world’s fisheries suffer dramatic declines.

Cities and Oceans: http://www.thew2o.net/events/cities_oceans/index.html More than half the global population now lives in cities. Urban development is increasing. As people move to the cities they dramatically increase their consumption of products and services, using more natural resources, generating more waste, using more energy. This site investigates the impact of urban development on the world’s oceans and discusses solutions for sustainable future development.

Each month the W2O distributes The Ocean Observer, an authoritative newsletter investigating current ocean issues, to more than 24,000 institutions and individuals worldwide.

Dropping pH in the Oceans Causes a Rising Tide of Alarm by Tundi Agardy, PhD. http://www.thew2o.net/archive_new.html?id=28

Ocean Zoning is Coming! by Tundi Agardy, PhD. http://www.thew2o.net/archive_new.html?id=29

Saving Our Oceans – an Urban Challenge by Mayor Jeremy Harris http://www.thew2o.net/archive_new.html?id=30

Throughout 2007, the World Ocean Observatory will be creating a new site each month. Visit http://www.thew2o.net/events/ for more information.

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 life on land. The Observatory provides apolitical information, responsible science, and educational services on ocean issues to a global audience through new communications strategies designed 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.

CONTACT:
Amelia Poole
forum@thew2o.net

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