Ocean Acidification's Far-Reaching Effects on Ecology, Economy

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On Monday, Congressman Jared Huffman met with scientists, fishermen and business owners in Bodega Bay to discuss a looming threat to marine ecosystems in Northern California and around the world: ocean acidification. It's caused by increasing levels of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. The health of the oceans was also the focus of an international conference at the U.S. State Department this week. We'll examine the problem and talk about President Obama's plan, announced on Tuesday, to use his executive authority to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the south-central Pacific Ocean.


Jared Huffman, U.S. congressman representing California's 2nd District and co-sponsor of the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act

John Largier, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis

Emily Jeffers, staff attorney in the oceans program at the Center for Biological Diversity

Terry Sawyer, co-owner of the Hog Island Oyster Company

Monica Medina, senior director for ocean policy at the National Geographic Society and former chief of staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)