Ocean acidification : international policy and governance options

Authors: Harrould-Kolieb, E., Herr, Dorothée, Isensee, K., Turley, Carol,

As the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere rises, an increasing amount of the gas is absorbed by the ocean, making it more acidic. Both the academic challenge as well as the practical urgency to find solutions to ocean acidification within the broader field of environmental law and governance have spurred some initial analysis on this topic. This paper contributes to the growing literature and discussion concerned with the performance and transformational need of ocean governance and policies, and the need to fully incorporate ocean acidification into other pertinent environmental, social and economic deliberations toward a sustainable, low-carbon society.