Magazine article Oceanus

WHOI Scientists Give Testimony to Congress

Magazine article Oceanus

WHOI Scientists Give Testimony to Congress

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Marine geochemist Scott Doney and marine policy specialist Porter Hoagland traveled to the nation's capital this spring to inform Congress about critical ocean issues: the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on living marine resources and issues surrounding the siting of wind power in the ocean.

"Climate change and acidification trends will accelerate over the next several decades unless there is deliberate action to curb greenhouse emissions," Doney said in his written testimony in May to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. "Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate change produce upper-ocean warming, sea-ice retreat, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, altered freshwater distributions, and maybe even stronger storms.

"... Further pressure will be put on living marine resources, such as fisheries and coral reefs that we depend upon for food, tourism, and other economic and aesthetic benefits. We have an opportunity now to limit the negative impact of climate change and acidification in the future. …

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