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Edited by Randall S. Abate, Florida A & M University College of Law

Chapter 1, Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: Scientific Realities and Legal Responses, co-authored by Randall S. Abate and Dr. Sarah Ellen Krejci



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Ocean and coastal law has grown rapidly in the past three decades as a specialty area within natural resources law and environmental law. The protection of oceans has received increased attention in the past decade because of sea-level rise, ocean acidification, the global overfishing crisis, widespread depletion of marine biodiversity such as marine mammals and coral reefs, and marine pollution. Paralleling the growth of ocean and coastal law, climate change regulation has emerged as a focus of international environmental diplomacy, and has gained increased attention in the wake of disturbing and abrupt climate change related impacts throughout the world that have profound implications for ocean and coastal regulation and marine resources.

Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law effectively unites these two worlds. It raises important questions about whether and how ocean and coastal law will respond to the regulatory challenges that climate change presents to resources in the oceans and coasts of the U.S. and the world. This comprehensive work assembles the insights of global experts from academia and major NGOs (e.g., Center for International Environmental Law, Ocean Conservancy, and Environmental Law Institute) to address regulatory challenges from the perspectives of U.S. law, foreign domestic law, and international law.



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Oxford University Press


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Environmental Law | Human Rights Law | International Law | Law | Law of the Sea

Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives