Murkowski seeks answers on ocean acidification

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - OUR COASTLINES COULD BE IN HARM'S WAY.
NOT BECAUSE OF A STORM OR A TIDAL WAVE, BUT BECAUSE OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION.
THE OCEAN CONSERVANCY SAYS CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS ARE CHANGING THE CHEMISTRY OF OUR OCEANS, WHICH COULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON COASTLINES AND ECONOMIES.
SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TO THIS GROWING PROBLEM.
SHE TELLS OUR WASHINGTON D-C BUREAU'S PETER ZAMPA WE NEED TO FIND OUT HOW VULNERABLE OUR COMMUNITIES ARE.
Peter Zampa; Reporting>>: A quest to figure out what's happening to our waters. Senator Lisa Murkowski says ocean acidification - the change in the ocean's chemistry - *is having an impact on coastal economies. She wants to find out why, how serious the problem is and what can be done.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski; (R) Alaska>>: What is happening with ocean acidification is important to me as an Alaskan. Really it should be important to every one of us.
Peter Zampa; Reporting>>: Murkowski introduced legislation that calls for the U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct assessments and file reports every few years.She says they're already seeing effects on crab fisheries in Alaska...some crab shells are taking longer to develop or grow softer than normal. Ocean acidification can alter ecosystems...and the economies relying on them....
Sen. Lisa Murkowski; (R) Alaska>>: 70 percent of planet earth is ocean. We're not here...we are not here without healthy oceans.
Peter Zampa; Reporting>>: While we may not be here without healthy oceans, experts say humans *can determine their health...
Jeff Watters; Ocean Conservancy>>: This is all about making sure we understand the risk, understand the threat, so we can potentially develop solutions for the future.
Peter Zampa; Reporting>>: Jeff Watters from the Ocean Conservancy says C02 emissions are responsible for ocean acidification, and now coastal communities need to be prepared for the consequences. He says getting them information they need will allow them to make necessary changes...
Jeff Watters; Ocean Conservancy>>: If you know that a looming threat is going to be devastating to your industry, you may pivot towards wanting to diversify your local economy.
Peter Zampa; Reporting>>: Murkowski's legislation is sitting in committee with four cosponsors signed on. In Washington, I'm Peter Zampa, news center 11.