Yassir Eddebbar, Natalya Gallo, UNFCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, and Lauren Linsmayer at COP19

Since 2012, CMBC students have participated in the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  “The ocean plays a critical role in mitigating climate change, absorbing over 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel combustion, and takes up about 25 percent of our carbon emissions every year. However, it remains a rare topic of discussion in the international climate policy forum,” said Yassir Eddebbar, a Scripps Ph.D. student who participated in the COP18 in Doha, Qatar and co-organized the student group Ocean Scientists for Informed Policy the (OSIP) for COP19 in Warsaw, Poland.

Students share their knowledge of oceanic climate change with both international leaders at the two-week United Nations event and the general public. At the same time, they  inform the public through video blog posts and social media outreach of efforts to curb dangerous effects of climate change.  For the latest new from COP23 please see http://oceanscientists.org/

In 2014, OSIP students were joined by faculty members for presentations at the COP20 in Lima, Peru.  In 2015, 7 OSIP students attended the COP21 in Paris, France.

KPBS reporter, Amita Sharma speaks with Yassir Eddebbar on the impact of oceans on climate change

The Oceans and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Yassir Eddebbar, Natalya Gallo, and Lauren Linsmayer.  ASLO 2015: 69-72

Video from COP21 in Paris 2015 .. a special session on oceans and climate.
Lisa Levin appears at 1:22:00, Nancy Knowlton at 1:52:00 and OSIP students Natalya Gallo and Yassir Eddebbar at 4:32:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1radwNmdH8k