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Interaction between pollution and climate change augments ecological risk to a coastal ecosystem

Journal article
Authors Yonglong Lu
Ruoshi Wang
Yajuan Shi
Chao Su
Jingjing Yuan
Andrew C. Johnson
Alan Jenkins
Robert C. Ferrier
Deliang Chen
Hanqin Tian
Jerry Melillo
Shuai Song
Aaron M. Ellison
Published in Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
Volume 4
Issue 7
Pages 161-168
ISSN 2096-4129
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Pages 161-168
Language en
Links https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/ful...
Keywords Climate change, environmental pollution, environmental risk stressors, integrated ecological risk, coastal ecosystem
Subject categories Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Abstract

Pollution and climate change are among the most challenging issues for countries with developing economies, but we know little about the ecological risks that result when these pressures occur together. We explored direct effects of, and interactions between, environmental pollution and climate change on ecosystem health in the Bohai Sea region of Northern China. We developed an integrated approach to assess ecological risks to this region under four scenarios of climate change. Although ecological risks to the system from pollution alone have been declining, interactions between pollution and climate change have enhanced ecological risks to this coastal/marine ecosystem. Our results suggest that current policies focused strictly on pollution control alone should be changed to take into account the interactive effects of climate change so as to better forecast and manage potential ecological risks.

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