House of Representatives fails to pass resolution on ocean acidification

H. Res. 989, introduced by Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), encourages the United States to adopt national policies and pursue international agreements to prevent ocean acidification and to study and address the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and coastal economies.

“The passage of H. Res. 989 would have underscored to policymakers and the public that ocean acidification is an urgent issue that must be addressed now,” said Beth Lowell, Oceana Federal Policy Director. “It’s a shame this important resolution was hijacked by partisan politics.”

Ocean acidity has increased by 30 percent since the start of the Industrial Revolution. If current trends continue, it could rise another 100 percent by the end of this century, exceeding the highest acidity levels during the past 20 million years. Increased ocean acidity could devastate coral reefs, shellfish populations and countless marine animals that rely on them for food and protection.

Dianne Saenz, OCEANA, 9 June 2010. Full article.

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