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"Oil Spill Hints at Broader Threats to Ocean Health"

The Orange County Register interviewed Dr. Richard Ambrose, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor emeritus of environmental health sciences, about the impact of climate change on southern California’s ocean waters 

Friday, October 8, 2021

While Southern California’s coastal waters are healthier than two decades ago, this month’s Orange County oil spill underscores the vulnerability of the region’s marine life — and is helping bring to the surface ongoing threats of climate change and contamination from a range of sources.

State policies — some used as models worldwide — and more stringent federal regulations have steadily improved the region’s ocean-water quality, marine-life habitat and coastal protections during this century.

But the environmental horizon is ominous, say ecologists.