[ASC-list] FW: REMINDER, ONLINE BRIEFING TODAY: The 'evil twin' of climate change: ocean acidification [Today, 5 April at 10.30am AEST]

Susannah Eliott SEliott at aussmc.org
Tue Apr 5 00:32:02 UTC 2011

ASCers are welcome to tune in to this briefing which is just starting,
if you have time.




From: Georgina Howden-Chitty On Behalf Of AusSMC
Sent: Tuesday, 5 April 2011 9:37 AM
To: Ed Sykes
Subject: REMINDER, ONLINE BRIEFING TODAY: The 'evil twin' of climate
change: ocean acidification [Today, 5 April at 10.30am AEST]


Australian Science Media Centre

MEDIA ALERT: The 'evil twin' of climate change: Ocean acidification

April at 10.30am AEST online

Ocean acidification (where the water becomes more acidic) is often
called 'the evil twin of climate change' and is considered by many to be
as great a problem as increasing temperatures. The oceans not only
support the nutrition and livelihoods of millions of people but also
play an incredibly important role in locking down carbon, and scientists
are concerned about the impact that acidification may have on both
marine life and future climate change.

Here four expert speakers will be on hand to discuss the current state
of knowledge, release a new report card on the Southern Ocean and
discuss the impact on coral reefs and what can be done to stop it.

The experts are all presenting at, or are associated with, Greenhouse
2011 <http://www.greenhouse2011.com/page.aspx> , the science of Climate
Change conference in Cairns, 4-8 April 2011. Journalists attending the
conference may attend the briefing in person.

Listen in to the briefing to ask questions such as:

*         How big an issue is ocean acidification and what can be done
to stop it?

*         What is the Southern ocean report card and why does it matter?

*         Is ocean acidification the biggest threat to the Great Barrier
reef or should we be more worried about something else?

*         Are there any areas or animals that will actually benefit from
ocean acidification?


Dr Tony Press, Chief Executive Officer position at the Antarctic Climate
and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC)

Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor of Marine Studies and Executive
Director of the Global Change Institute, at the University of Queensland

Dr Paul Marshall, Director of Climate Change Group, Great Barrier Reef
Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)

Dr Donna Roberts, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research
Centre (by phone from Tasmania)


DATE:  Today, Tue 5 April 2011


DURATION: Approx 40 min

VENUE:  Online (presenters will be at the Greenhouse 2011 Conference in


Journalists can follow the briefing online via audio and video
streaming.  Each presenter will speak for 5-7 minutes followed by
questions. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions

1. Go to the briefing web portal by clicking here 5 minutes before the
start time or anytime during the briefing
<https://aussmcus.webex.com/aussmcus/onstage/g.php?d=822400057&t=a> .
Alternatively go to www.aussmc.org and follow the links.

2. Enter your name and email address

3. Click "Join".

 (System requirements: You will need a broadband connection and
speakers/headphones to hear the event. Allow 1-2 mins for your computer
to be configured correctly, install ActiveX, if asked)

*Note* some Fairfax journalists may not be able to access the online
system due to a firewall issue. 

1. For phone only access please call: 1800 671 909. 

2. Enter access code 822 400 057#. Wait for the prompt and press #. 

Radio stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. If you
would like to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to
arrange a quick test.

If you have any problems joining the briefing online, phone Webex on
1800 12 92 78 quoting event number 822 400 057.

Audio files will be posted on our website at www.aussmc.org as soon as
possible after the event.

For further information, please contact the AusSMC on 08 7120 8666 or
email info at aussmc.org.    

Date issued: 5 April 2011    

Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)    

Street address: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, ADELAIDE  SA

Postal address:  PO Box 237, RUNDLE MALL  SA  5000

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