- The governor of Washington has ordered the state to take actions to address air and land-based pollution that cause ocean acidification. The action is in response to a report that outlines the risks to the state's shellfish aquaculture industry from dropping ocean pH. In addition to addressing pollutants that contribute to ocean acidification, a new research center will be established at the University of Washington, Seattle.
- The National Research Council released Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead (2012), a report that details future challenges the Environmental Protection Agency is likely to face in the coming decade. A few key findings include the need to understand complex feedback loops, which include the effects of numerous low-level stressors versus high-level exposures to individual stressors, and placing more emphasis on solutions-oriented applied research, in conjunction with traditional problem-identification research.
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