Press release originally posted on mnewsafrica.com:
Human-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have taken residence in the ocean at significant proportion and causing unprecedented changes to ocean chemistry by reducing the water’s pH level, leading to a collection of chemical changes dubbed ocean acidification.
With continuous CO2 emissions, scientists predict that the menace will intensify to the detriment of marine ecosystems and the services they provide to society, particularly coastal communities. This is a risk, scientists from across Europe, Africa and the United States are working to avert by holding a side event in Monrovia virtually and in-person on the weekend of January 8, 2021, to promote awareness and remedy research gaps in Africa- a continent proven to lack technical resources that would enable it to face this fastest-growing threat.
Ocean Scientists from the International Atomic Energy Agency Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center, Ocean Acidification Africa Network, The Ocean Foundation, Future Earth Coasts, and other international stakeholders joined about fifty national policymakers and industry practitioners including the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia to raise awareness about ocean acidification and research at the Ocean Acidification Day of Action side event hosted by NaFAA and EPA in cooperation with the IAEA OA-ICC and OA-Africa Network. Mr. Sheck A. Sherif, convener of the event, a PhD Candidate at Queen’s University Belfast, Co-Chair of the OA-Africa Network, and Focal Person of the Abidjan Convention in Liberia.