Washington state advances climate solutions with ocean acidification action plan

The ocean plays a central role in regulating our climate and absorbing human caused greenhouse gas emissions.

Ocean acidity has already increased by 30 percent and is expected to double over pre-industrial levels by the end of this century as a result of the ocean absorbing one-third of the atmospheric carbon dioxide generated by human activities. Significant adverse impacts on fisheries and marine ecosystems have already been documented due to ocean acidification and these impacts will worsen in the future.

A founding member of International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, Washington State aimed to become the first state to lead the world in addressing the threat of ocean acidification to the local shellfish industry.

Washington released an OA Action Plan consisting of 42 recommendations for actions across six key focus areas; you can find out more in the case study.

This case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Policy Action Map.

Under2Coalition, 2 July 2019. Article.

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