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Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal LawU.S. and International Perspectives$
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Randall S. Abate

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199368747

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368747.001.0001

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Using the Clean Air Act to Address Ocean Acidification

Using the Clean Air Act to Address Ocean Acidification

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(p.43) 3 Using the Clean Air Act to Address Ocean Acidification
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Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law
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Margaret E. Peloso

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368747.003.0003

The most significant driver of ocean acidification globally is rising CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, which result in increasing concentrations of dissolved CO2 in seawater. Because this major contributor to ocean acidification is not a conventional water pollutant that is discharged from a point source directly into a receiving water, the Clean Water Act is a limited tool to curb ocean acidification. In contrast, the Clean Air Act provides direct legal mechanisms by which greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be curtailed, potentially reducing atmospheric concentrations and thereby slowing further ocean acidification. This chapter explains EPA’s efforts to date to regulate GHGs under the Clean Air Act and explores the role of potential future regulations under the CAA as a tool to address ocean acidification.

Keywords:   GHG emissions, ocean acidification, Clean Air Act, CAA, EPA

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