As we close out 2017 and launch our new website, we’re reposting some of our favorite blogs from the past few years. This entry, about an XPRIZE event at Cross Campus Santa Monica, was from July, 2015 and is #9 on our Top-10 list.
Are you #TeamOcean? After XPRIZE LOOP's fun event and enlightening panel on ocean acidification, we sure are! The Emmy-nominated Philippe Cousteau hosted the discussion, which covered topics like Earth's disrupted carbon cycle, pH sensors, and ways we can help heal the health of our oceans. Other panelists for the night included UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor of Environment and Sustainability Mark Gold, Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions and Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, Paul Bunje (who was also the Prize lead for XPRIZE), and Executive Committee Member of the West LA Malibu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Dylan Gasperik.
To put it simply, ocean acidification is what happens when the ocean absorbs too much CO2. It's impact is not yet measurable, but according to Bunje, the last time our ocean was this acidic (it's now approximately 30 percent more acidic than at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution), a 99 percent mass extinction occurred among all species on Earth.
XPRIZE is incentivizing new technologies to combat ocean acidification with the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, which promises to improve the understanding of how CO2 emissions are affecting ocean acidification with the use of breakthrough sensors.
We'd like to thank XPRIZE LOOP for hosting this very important discussion at Cross Campus and for their ongoing partnership! We love working with organizations doing great things in our community and beyond! To become #TeamOcean, and learn more about how you can help heal our most valuable resource, visit www.xprize.org.
Below is a snapshot of the night, as told by Twitter!
Our ocean experts panel at tonight's LOOP event: Philippe Cousteau Jr Mark Gold Paul Bunje Dylan Gasperik pic.twitter.com/1v1VIksYNt
— XPRIZE (@xprize) July 31, 2015
You can't solve what you can't measure. @CrossCampusLA @xprize #teamocean pic.twitter.com/FM55usS6l3
— Travis Cannell (@traviscannell) July 31, 2015
.@pcousteau breaking down ocean acidification tonight for @xprize at @CrossCampusLA #teamocean #droppingacid pic.twitter.com/Qtot1Skwrx — AshlanGorseCousteau (@ashlancousteau) July 31, 2015
@Xprize "Dropping Acid" @CrossCampusLA How changing acidity of the ocean hurts shell fish & sea life. #SaveTheOcean pic.twitter.com/W8CEYD8D7T
— Nancy Steinman (@NancySteinman) July 31, 2015
.@xprize there has been a 30% increase in ocean acidity since the industrial revolution #teamocean @CrossCampusLA pic.twitter.com/5EQKqAQW7j
— Nikki Batchelor (@nikkisbatchelor) July 31, 2015
— Cross Campus (@CrossCampusLA) July 31, 2015
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