The seas and oceans

Tuesday, November 19, 15:00 UK time

Pollution, ocean heat waves, acidification and sea level rise all pose serious threats to ocean life and coastal communities, but vulnerable as the seas are to climate change, they also provide crucial opportunities to mitigate the impact of carbon emissions. While ocean-based solutions to climate change have so far been overlooked, interest in ‘blue carbon’ initiatives is picking up. With more than 70% of the Earth’s surface covered in water, efforts to address climate change at sea will play a vital role in limiting global temperature rise. Meanwhile, the protection of coral reefs, fisheries and plant life will be crucial not only to the health of marine ecosystems, but also for the protection of coastal population centres and state economies.

  • What risks and threats lie ahead for coastal communities and what can be done to mitigate them?
  • What are the limitations of projections of climate change impacts?
  • What can states, companies and individuals do to mitigate the damage being done to the oceans?
  • How is shipping affecting the oceans and what can the industry do to tackle pollution?
  • How can blue carbon initiatives help reduce the impact of climate change overall?
  • What are the prospects for international cooperation on such issues?

Join us on November 19 to put your questions to our experts:

  • Dr Robin Smith – Senior Research Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, England
  • Dr Nicholas Chan – Political Scientist specialising climate change at Monash University, Malaysia
  • Dr Lucy Gilliam - Aviation and Shipping Campaigner with research and campaign group Transport and Environment, Brussels, Belgium