Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Marine Living Resources: A More Nuanced Approach to Common But Differentiated Responsibilities for the Ocean
Carbon and Climate Law (2018 Forthcoming)
17 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2017 Last revised: 22 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 18, 2017
Nations’ impacts on the ocean and their impacts on climate change are linked, especially given the synergistic interactions among these impacts on the two largest global commons — the atmosphere and the ocean. This article argues that climate change mitigation law, as represented internationally by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its follow-on agreements, can better reflect nations’ broader Common But Differentiated Responsibilities by taking ocean impacts into account — in particular, contributions to ocean acidification and to marine fishing.
Keywords: CBDR, climate change, ocean acidification, fishing, synergy, common but differentiated responsibilities
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