This new edition has been substantially revised to address the developments to ocean and coastal law in response to climate change and sea level rise, ranging from local domestic issues addressing the effects and costs of coastal adaptation strategies, to international issues surrounding the opening of the Arctic Ocean to navigation and resource development. It also covers the latest developments and issues in U.S. offshore oil and gas and offshore renewable energy, as well as fisheries law and protection of marine species. Marine pollution coverage highlights the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a case study, as well as air and water pollution from vessels, plastics pollution, ocean acidification and dead zones. Coverage of coastal development includes the regulatory challenges to adapting to sea level rise, 5th amendment challenges to coastal regulation, and the nationwide controversies concerning beach access. Problems are included.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 11/07/2019

Alison Rieser, University of Hawaii School of Law

Donna R. Christie, Florida State University College of Law


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The new edition includes new cases concerning fisheries management, marine pollution, government and oil company responsibility for damage from storms and sea level rise, challenges to the Trump administration’s policies on oil and gas development, property rights and coastal regulation, beach restoration, and marine mammal protection. New issues that are addressed in cases include the human rights of migrants interdicted at sea, protest at sea against oil development in the Arctic, ocean acidification, ocean pollution from injection wells, plastics legislation, the China-Philippines dispute in the South China Sea, and an emerging federal public trust doctrine. New developments such as states and local governments seeking damages to address climate change, the process of siting of the world’s largest windfarm off the U.S. coast, and restoration of the Gulf of Mexico are included.

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