The ocean absorbs approximately 1/3 of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere through the combustion of fossil fuels. However, this precious service comes at a high ecological cost - ocean acidification.
An interdisciplinary forum was set up to gauge what we know on ocean acidification and to define priorities for future research. The Monaco Declaration, cosigned by 155 scientists from 26 countries, outlines important recommendations for political decision-makers on the challenges surrounding ocean acidification.
The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)