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Anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems in Antarctica.
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PMID:  21449967     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Antarctica is the most isolated continent on Earth, but it has not escaped the negative impacts of human activity. The unique marine ecosystems of Antarctica and their endemic faunas are affected on local and regional scales by overharvesting, pollution, and the introduction of alien species. Global climate change is also having deleterious impacts: rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification already threaten benthic and pelagic food webs. The Antarctic Treaty System can address local- to regional-scale impacts, but it does not have purview over the global problems that impinge on Antarctica, such as emissions of greenhouse gases. Failure to address human impacts simultaneously at all scales will lead to the degradation of Antarctic marine ecosystems and the homogenization of their composition, structure, and processes with marine ecosystems elsewhere.
Richard B Aronson; Sven Thatje; James B McClintock; Kevin A Hughes
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  1223     ISSN:  1749-6632     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
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Created Date:  2011-03-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  82-107     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 New York Academy of Sciences.
Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida. School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom. Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
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