Thursday, February 28th, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2060 Rayburn
As the Co-Chairs of the House Oceans Caucus, we write to draw your attention to an invitation you may have already received from Ocean Conservancy to attend the Ocean Acidification 101 briefing on Thursday, February 28th from 11:30am-12:30pm in Rayburn 2060.
About one third of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere dissolves into the ocean, causing water chemistry to change. As our oceans, coastal estuaries, and waterways absorb carbon dioxide, they become more acidic. Ocean and coastal acidification threaten our oceans, coastal estuaries, waterways, coastal communities, and the industries that depend on them. Changing ocean conditions affect the more than 3 million blue economy jobs in the United States that rely on the ocean. These jobs contribute at least $352 billion to the economy every year.
Recently, we introduced H.R. 1237, the COAST Research Act, which would strengthen federal investments in research and monitoring of changing ocean conditions. This research will help coastal communities better understand and cope with the effects of ocean acidification and coastal acidification on our oceans and estuaries.
This bipartisan briefing will be a thoughtful discussion about the science on ocean acidification, the basic effects on coastal communities, the successes of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, and how we can all work to keep our oceans healthy.
Dr. Libby Jewett, Director of NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director of Ocean Conservancy’s Ocean Acidification Program
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Suzanne Bonamici Don Young
Member of Congress Member of Congress