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Ocean Health Focus for Temple University Talk

Event Date:

March 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM EDT TO 12:30 PM EDT
Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn

In 2009, The Seattle Times reported that ocean acidification – the plummeting pH of seas from carbon...

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Bajau Fisherman. Image by Steve Ringman. Indonesia, 2013.
Tadi, a Bajau fisherman, spears an octopus in the south Sulawesi region of Indonesia. Hundreds of millions of people, including Northwest oyster growers, gather marine life threatened by changing seas. But Tadi’s village depends so thoroughly on troubled coral reefs that climate change and shifting sea chemistry eventually could make it challenging to find food. Image by Steve Ringman. Indonesia, 2013.

On Thursday, March 20, The Seattle Times environmental reporter Craig Welch speaks at Temple University with a focus on ocean acidification and its impact on marine biodiversity and the communities threatened by our changing seas.

With excessive CO2 emissions from many regions around the world, ocean chemistry has been changing at an unprecedented rate. Ocean acidification is now one of the most prominent issues facing the planet. Welch and Seattle Times photographer Steve Ringman dug into the science behind this phenomenon and undertook reporting along the Pacific Northwest, and then to Arctic Alaska and the South Pacific with support from the Pulitzer Center. The results of their work: a series by The Seattle Times of in-depth reporting that no major news organization had attempted before and the Pulitzer Center "Sea Change" reporting project.

Welch's visit to Temple is made possible with the support of the Pulitzer Center and Temple University's School of Media & Communication.

Thursday, March 20
11 am- 12.30 pm
Temple University
Ritter Hall, Kiva Auditorium
Philadelphia, PA

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Environment and Climate Change