Drawing the line in the sand on CO2

February 20, 2013 by Ocean Ark Alliance

Categorised in Events, Media, News

National Seaweek 2013 will be launched at 2pm on St Kilda Beach on Monday the 4th of March with an event bringing together the Ocean Ark Alliance, the Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA), and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC).

Seaweek is a national MESA initiative conducted annually to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of our marine and coastal environments. Each year a different theme is chosen. Aligning with the 2013 theme of ‘Sustainable Seas’, The Ocean Ark Alliance is launching the $50,000 Ocean Acidification Art Challenge for Victorian school students. [...]

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Seaweek embraces $50,000 Ocean Art Challenge

December 5, 2012 by Ocean Ark Alliance

Categorised in Media, News

The $50,000 Ocean Acidification Art ChallengeThe $50,000 Ocean Acidification Art Challenge is now open to all Victorian students Years 9-12.

Australia’s largest environmental art show, it has been created to stimulate a deeper understanding of Ocean Acidification and to encourage wider environmental responsibility.

Reflecting the stature of the event, MESA (Marine Education Society of Australasia) has now joined the Ocean Ark Alliance to promote the challenge in the lead up to Seaweek- March 3-10.

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David Attenborough covers reef threat

September 6, 2010 by Ocean Ark Alliance

Categorised in Media, News, Science

“The ocean is … a chemical reactor. CO2 goes into the ocean.  It is fixed by plants or deposited as calcium carbonate, and through the very large scale circulations of water around the planet it is essentially processing the atmosphere and keeping the planet habitable.” Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute Director, University of Queensland, from the David Attenborough documentary “Death of the Oceans”.

A world-leading experiment on Heron Island, done in collaboration between labs at UQ, Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, will chemically alter the carbon dioxide absorbed in the ocean water directly on a living intact coral reef. This experiment aims to simulate insitu reactions to the amounts of CO2 likely to be present over the next few decades. So ground breaking is this current research that it caught the eye of Sir David Attenborough when producing his latest documentary, Death of the Oceans.

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ABC TV Catalyst: “Southern Ocean Sentinel”

April 29, 2010 by Ocean Ark Alliance

Categorised in Media, News

Tiny plankton and massive currents hold clues to how rapidly the Southern Ocean is changing.

Australia’s ABC TV runs an 8 min story on the Catalyst program. Presenter / Reporter Mark Horstman follows up on new research in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.

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ABC TV Catalyst: “Ocean Acidification – The BIG global warming story”

September 13, 2007 by Ocean Ark Alliance

Categorised in Media, News

What’s happening below the surface of the ocean?

Australia’s ABC TV runs a 9 & 1/2 min story on the Catalyst program. Presenter / Reporter Dr. Graham Phillips meets scientists who, for the first time, have found evidence that acidification is affecting marine organisms.

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Ocean Acidification - The other CO2 Challenge