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Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal for Climate Mitigation

The Legal Framework

9781802208849 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Romany M. Webb, Associate Research Scholar and Senior Fellow, Korey Silverman-Roati, Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Climate Law Fellow and Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, US
Publication Date: April 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 884 9 Extent: c 320 pp
Examining the existing legal framework for ocean carbon dioxide removal, this forward-thinking book explores whether, when, where, and how future research and deployment can take place in the field. It provides a detailed exploration of how the ocean could be used to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, describing five commonly discussed ocean CDR techniques—rock-based ocean alkalinity enhancement (OAE), electrochemical OAE, ocean fertilization, artificial upwelling and downwelling, and seaweed cultivation—and exploring the legal issues that different techniques could raise.

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Examining the existing legal framework for ocean carbon dioxide removal (CDR), this forward-thinking book highlights potential legal challenges and opportunities associated with using the ocean to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It describes five commonly discussed ocean CDR techniques, including rock-based ocean alkalinity enhancement (OAE), electrochemical OAE, ocean fertilization, artificial upwelling and downwelling, and seaweed cultivation, and explores the legal issues that different techniques could raise.

This timely book explores the laws governing ocean CDR research and deployment at the international level and domestically in seven countries across Asia, Europe, and North America. The analysis highlights the complexities and uncertainties associated with applying existing international and domestic law to ocean CDR, providing lawyers and policymakers with invaluable insights into areas where legal reforms are needed to facilitate in-ocean research and deployment.

This book is essential reading for lawyers, policymakers, and others interested in advancing innovative climate change solutions. It will also appeal to academic and private sector scientists who are conducting research into ocean CDR.
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Contributors include: Catherine Banet, Kevin P. Berk, Michael B. Gerrard, A. (Medes) Malaihollo, P. (Panos) Merkouris, F.A. (Frans) Nelissen, Alexander Proelss, Catherine Redgwell, Sara Seck, Korey Silverman-Roati, Robert C. Steenkamp, David L. VanderZwaag, Romany M. Webb, Lei Zhang, Keyuan Zou
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