Climate Now

Can oceans save us? Part III: The laws of the sea

August 22, 2022 James Lawler and Wil Burns Season 1 Episode 67
Climate Now
Can oceans save us? Part III: The laws of the sea
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International waters don’t belong to anybody, but everybody is connected to them. Like the global burden created by greenhouse gas emissions from any one country, company or individual, what a single country or corporation chooses to put into the ocean as a climate change solution could be felt by the global community, if it turns out to have negative consequences on ocean chemistry or ecosystems.

In this final installment of our deep dive into the potential and risks of ocean carbon dioxide removal (CDR) techniques, we consider how this nascent industry should be monitored and regulated. We will take a look at the existing international legal frameworks relevant to ocean CDR - how they originated, how they apply, who is responsible for enforcing them, and what oversight needs to be put in place before these technologies start to scale up.

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Introduction to Climate Now
Romany Webb, Senior Fellow at Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Legal uncertainty of ocean carbon dioxide removal (CDR)
Ocean fertilization
The Convention on Biological Diversity
The London Convention and Protocol
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
James Lindsay on the need for regulating Ocean CDR projects
Romany Webb and Wil Burns on the future of regulating Ocean CDR
The need for more certainty