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Dealing with Ocean Acidification: The Problem, The Clean Water Act, and State and Regional Approaches

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dc.contributor.author Craig, Robin Kundis
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-18T18:37:34Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-18T18:37:34Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06
dc.identifier.citation 6 Wash. J. Env. Law & Pol'y 387 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2160-4169
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1612
dc.description 90 WASH. L. REV. 1517, 1583 (2015) Republished with permission from the Washington Law Review, 90 WASH. L. REV. 1517, 1583 (2015) (the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy made no edits to this article). en_US
dc.description.abstract Robin Kundis Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah. ABSTRACT: Ocean acidification is often referred to as climate change’s “evil twin.” As the global ocean continually absorbs much of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide produced through the burning of fossil fuels, its pH is dropping, causing a plethora of chemical, biological, and ecological impacts. These impacts immediately threaten local and regional fisheries and marine aquaculture; over the long term, they pose the risk of a global mass extinction event. As with climate change itself, the ultimate solution to ocean acidification is a worldwide reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. In the interim, however, environmental groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity have worked to apply the federal Clean Water Act to ocean acidification, while states and coastal regions are increasingly pursuing more broadly focused responses to ocean acidification’s local and regional impacts. This Article provides a first assessment of these relatively nascent legal efforts to address ocean acidification. It concludes first that ocean acidification should prompt renewed Clean Water Act attention to stormwater runoff and nutrient pollution. However, this Article also demonstrates that improved implementation of the Clean Water Act will not be enough. The realities of ocean acidification require more comprehensive legal and policy innovations so that coastal states and regions can adapt to its impacts now and into the future. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Article en_US
dc.subject Ocean Acidification: Understanding the Other Climate Crisis en_US
dc.subject Part II: Ocean Acidification and Current Law en_US
dc.title Dealing with Ocean Acidification: The Problem, The Clean Water Act, and State and Regional Approaches en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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