National Press Club ‘Morning Newsmaker’ News Conference with Top U.S. Marine Scientists and National Geographic Photographer Describe Current Threats to Marine Ecosystems and Global Fisheries

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

10 a.m.

National Press Club (Zenger Room)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The follow is being issued by the National Press Club:

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Climate change is creating conditions for a dangerous and irreversible tipping point for the ocean, which now absorbs roughly 30 percent of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

A handful of the nation’s top marine scientists and a deep sea photographer will describe how the cumulative impact of climate change, overfishing, oil extraction, and toxic pollution could portend the loss of innumerable species.

The group will make legislative recommendations about ways to prevent further damage to oceans and a potential collapse of fisheries by mid-century. They will outline incentives to try to save what’s left of marine life worldwide – from the tiny phytoplankton and krill at the bottom of the food chain to awe-inspiring predators such as sharks – before it’s too late.

WHO: Brian Skerry, Photographer, National Geographic, Boston, MA, who has immersed himself in saltwater since age 15 and will share his mesmerizing photographs of wildlife and human impacts on marine ecosystems.

Dr. Jeremy Jackson, Prof. of Oceanography and Director, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, on the impacts of overfishing.

Dr. Donald Boesch, Prof. of Marine Science and President, Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland, Cambridge, MD, on impacts of toxic pollutants that end up in the ocean.

Dr. Jeffrey Short, Pacific Science Director, Oceana, and former NOAA fisheries researcher and chemist, on latest findings on climate change impacts, with an emphasis on the Arctic region.

Dr. Michael Hirshfield, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Oceana, will summarize the group’s and his own federal policy change recommendations.

Moderator: Pat Rizzuto, Chemicals and Science Policy Reporter, Daily Environment Report, Bureau of National Affairs

WHAT: “Newsmakers” Press Briefing, Followed by Q&A

WHEN: Tuesday, December 16, 10 to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: National Press Club

Zenger Room, 13th Floor

529 14th Street, NW


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