House introduces comprehensive legislation to combat climate change on our coasts

Raúl Grijalva, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Kathy Castor, Chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis introduced the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act. This comprehensive 300-page bill calls for immediate climate action to protect the communities, economies, birds and other wildlife that depend on healthy seas and coastlines.

“Seabirds and waders are at risk – climate change is driving the fish they eat, swallowing their habitats under rising sea levels, and endangering everyone on the coast,” he said Sarah Greenberger, Interim Chief Conservation Officer of the National Audubon Society. “This bill is the most comprehensive response to the litany of threats to humans and birds on our coasts.”

This is the first law to advance comprehensive solutions to address climate threats to our oceans and coasts, and to harness these vital resources in our efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The bill protects critical bird habitats by expanding the Coastal Barrier Resources Systemand setting national goals for developing wind energy and protecting 30 percent of the ocean by 2030. It will also help coastal communities and the fishing industry prepare and adapt to climate catastrophes, and $ 3 billion to restore degraded wetlands , Oyster reefs and other coastal areas and will examine the ability of these coastal habitats to store carbon pollution.

Piping Plover, Copyright Paul Jones, from the Surfbirds Galleries

This bill is a continuation of reports recently released by both House and senate Climate crisis committees that outline how climate change is increasingly affecting the ocean and coasts. Without action, the effects of climate change are only likely to become more severe and irreversible. Sea level rise and more intense storms are increasingly threatening coastal communities, home to nearly 40 percent of the US population.

Climate change also threatens the survival of birds and other wildlife. In North America alone, the population of waders and seabirds has declined by 70 percent over the past 50 years. And Audubons Survival by degree The report found that we could lose two-thirds of North American birds to extinction if the planet continued to warm at its current rate. Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would give 76 percent of endangered bird species a significantly improved chance of survival, including endangered seabirds and waders like the common murre and piping plover.


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