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Mar Pollut Bull ; 142: 189-195, 2019 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31232294


This research takes a holistic approach to considering the consequences of marine plastic pollution. A semi-systematic literature review of 1191 data points provides the basis to determine the global ecological, social and economic impacts. An ecosystem impact analysis demonstrates that there is global evidence of impact with medium to high frequency on all subjects, with a medium to high degree of irreversibility. A novel translation of these ecological impacts into ecosystem service impacts provides evidence that all ecosystem services are impacted to some extent by the presence of marine plastic, with a reduction in provision predicted for all except one. This reduction in ecosystem service provision is evidenced to have implications for human health and wellbeing, linked particularly to fisheries, heritage and charismatic species, and recreation.

Ecossistema , Pesqueiros , Plásticos , Poluição Química da Água/economia , Conservação dos Recursos Naturais/economia , Meio Ambiente , Humanos , Poluentes Químicos da Água
Mar Pollut Bull ; 141: 236-243, 2019 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30955730


Our understanding of ecological processes that lead to ecosystem services is still evolving but ecological research aims to understand the linkages between the ecosystem and services. These linkages can affect trade-offs between different ecosystem services. Understanding these linkages, by considering multiple ecosystem services simultaneously supports management of the environment and sustainable use of resources. The UK marine environment is relatively data rich, yet the links between ecosystem and several ecosystem services and linkages between services are poorly described. A workshop with 35 marine scientists was used to create a conceptual model that links ecosystem components and key processes to four services they provide and to highlight trade-offs between them. The model was subsequently further developed to include pressures and mitigating management measures. The models are discussed in terms of their application to marine data to facilitate evidence-based marine management and their usefulness to communicate management measures with managers and stakeholders.

Conservação dos Recursos Naturais/métodos , Ecologia , Ecossistema , Política Ambiental , Modelos Teóricos , Projetos de Pesquisa , Oceanos e Mares , Reino Unido
Mar Pollut Bull ; 86(1-2): 138-146, 2014 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25103900


Ocean acidification will have many negative consequences for marine organisms and ecosystems, leading to a decline in many ecosystem services provided by the marine environment. This study reviews the effect of ocean acidification (OA) on seagrasses, assessing how this may affect their capacity to sequester carbon in the future and providing an economic valuation of these changes. If ocean acidification leads to a significant increase in above- and below-ground biomass, the capacity of seagrass to sequester carbon will be significantly increased. The associated value of this increase in sequestration capacity is approximately £500 and 600 billion globally between 2010 and 2100. A proportionally similar increase in carbon sequestration value was found for the UK. This study highlights one of the few positive stories for ocean acidification and underlines that sustainable management of seagrasses is critical to avoid their continued degradation and loss of carbon sequestration capacity.

Alismatales/metabolismo , Organismos Aquáticos/metabolismo , Carbono/metabolismo , Ecossistema , Dióxido de Carbono/análise , Sequestro de Carbono , Mudança Climática , Conservação dos Recursos Naturais , Reino Unido
J Environ Manage ; 71(3): 207-15, 2004 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-15158284


Environmental regulation of industrial activity is generally believed to have a negative impact on the industry. Recent literature has suggested, however, that reducing industrial waste outputs can, in some circumstances, result in a 'win-win', or at least 'win-draw', scenario for industry and the environment. The viability of using the abatement cost curve method as a management tool to enable the achievement of a 'win-win' state is investigated here. Copper pollution in the Humber Estuary is used as a case-study, and the abatement cost curve methodology proves to be a valuable tool in identifying barriers to achieving the win-win state, and also in providing future direction for the waste management strategy. Abatement cost curves are concluded to be powerful management tools which greatly improve the transparency of waste reduction information.

Indústrias/economia , Modelos Econômicos , Gerenciamento de Resíduos/economia , Cobre , Controle de Custos , Análise Custo-Benefício , Poluição da Água/economia , Poluição da Água/prevenção & controle