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Global ecological, social and economic impacts of marine plastic

Beaumont, Nicola J., Aanesen, Margrethe, Austen, Melanie C., Börger, Tobias, Clark, James R., Cole, Matthew, Hooper, Tara, Lindeque, Penelope K., Pascoe, Christine and Wyles, Kayleigh (2019) Global ecological, social and economic impacts of marine plastic Marine Pollution Bulletin, 142. pp. 189-195.

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This research takes a holistic approach to considering the consequences of marine plastic pollution. A semisystematic 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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Beaumont, Nicola J.
Aanesen, Margrethe
Austen, Melanie C.
Börger, Tobias
Clark, James R.
Cole, Matthew
Hooper, Tara
Lindeque, Penelope K.
Pascoe, Christine
Date : 27 March 2019
DOI : 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.03.022
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Plastic waste Ecosystem service Valuation International Societal Financial costs
Depositing User : Charlene King
Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2019 09:53
Last Modified : 25 Apr 2019 09:53

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