• Fish swimming above coral
  • Polar bear on sea ice
  • Sea lions in surface waters
  • Ocean acidity has increased 26% since the mid-1800s.
  • Over 1,000 Arctic species depend on sea ice for their survival.
  • Warming in the upper ocean by 1°C would triple the oxygen-depleted zones.

Fisheries and Peru

Written by Kate Furby on .

Peru is home to one of the largest single species fisheries in the world. Follow Noah as he explores fisheries in an ever changing planet.

Deoxygenation

Written by Kate Furby on .

How is climate change affecting the ocean? In this episode Sierra talks to scientists at the COP20 in Lima, Peru, about deoxygenation.

Voces por los Océanos

Written by Sierra on .

Voces por el Clima, Voices for the Climate, bustled with Peruvians from all ages coming to learn about climate issues. The event featured sections dedicated to education about various environmental issues—sustainable cities, forests, mountains, clean energy and the oceans. Education displays combined traditional museum style exhibits with text with interactive art, touch screens, video, building activities and more. Students from the local University presented each display to visitors engaging them with the content and answering questions. Children ran through a forest of brightly painted trees, laughing gleefully. An elderly women moved robotically in front of a human sized ipod screen with remote sensor technology, her face pursed slightly in concentration. A little boy reassembled pillows made to look like stones, piling them carefully into a dam. Animated presenters attracted the audience with charisma and a message of us, the people, acting now to save our planet.

The Power of Babble

Written by Lisa Levin on .

Building G at COP 20 is filled with several hundred exhibitor booths. From 9 AM to 9 PM delegates stroll, peruse and learn. But almost none of these booths focus on the ocean. An important exception is the Hot, Sour, and Breathless Booth, sponsored by Plymouth Marine Lab, UK, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and CMBC, USA, and the Univ. of Santo Tomas, Chile. Here, COP delegates and observers can learn how excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is warming, acidifying and de-oxygenating the oceans. One-on-one conversations with delegates, press and observers allow us to have detailed, country-specific discussions of change in the ocean and the ecological and economic consequences. Our goal is to have the ocean highlighted in the negotiations and appear in the declaration text.

Contact Information

Ocean Scientists for Informed Policy
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92083-0202