October 2014 | Results Newsletter | Policy Win
Protecting Ocean Life from Climate Change
Center for Biological Diversity, in Tucson, Arizona
SEALIFE AT RISK:
Coral reefs, a central part of oceanic ecosystems, are being damaged by
increased acidity of ocean water. Photo courtesy of National Oceanic
$150,000 | 2010-2012
As fossil fuels burn and forests are leveled, unprecedented amounts of carbon dioxide change our climate and make our oceans more acidic—damaging coral reefs and the plants and animals that depend on them.
With support from The Trust, the Center helped win a landmark decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to address ocean acidification under the Clean Water Act. This legal precedent will encourage federal and state officials to use the act to curb climate change.
The Center also helped get protection under the Endangered Species Act for 66 coral species imperiled by climate change, and 140 square miles of California coastline are now designated as critical habitat for the black abalone.