RadioActive 12/6/12

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

Program Topic: Ocean Acidification

Key Discussion Points:
a) As the United Nations climate talks conclude this week, we look at another serious consequence of carbon dioxide emissions : ocean acidification. The world’s oceans absorb 25-30% of the global CO2 outputs, resulting in lowering pH. This acidification is corrosive to shellfish and other calicifiers.
b) This week, Washington state became the first state to adopt a policy to address ocean acidification and its effect on shellfish fisheries.
c) This weekend, an event organized by community organizations and the University of Maine at Machais will look at ocean acidification and its effect on Down East fisheries.

A) Bill Rucelshaus, co-chair of Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification
B) Sven Huseby, producer of film “A Sea Change”.
C) Andy Burt, environmental justice consultant for the Maine Council of Churches, [email protected] or 380-5387