Problems Facing The World’s Oceans

Problems Facing The World's Oceans
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Date(s) - 06/24/2019
7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka

2030 Wayzata Blvd East
Wayzata, , Minnesota, 55391



On Monday June 24 at 7:00 pm, there will be an informational event about problems facing the world’s oceans at Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka. Macalester College Professor Louisa Bradtmiller will provide information about the critical problems facing the world’s oceans.

World Oceans Day is observed each year in June. The June 24th event will include information about the problem of ocean acidification, which is being called the lesser known but equally evil twin of climate change. Some CO2 from burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the oceans, making the oceans slightly more acidic, which makes shellfish at the base of the food chain less able to build their shells. The increasing acidity of the water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web – such as the pteropods in the films – to form their shells. The effects could threaten the seafood that one billion people depend upon for their source of protein.

Louisa Bradtmiller is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Macalester College. She is also involved in ongoing research into ocean biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling, with a focus on the transfer of carbon between the ocean and atmosphere during periods of past climate change. She received her PhD in Geochemistry from Columbia University in 2008.

Event is free and public is invited.

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