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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2593-2600;

Sustainability in Near-shore Marine Systems: Promoting Natural Resilience

Southern Seas Ecology Laboratories, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, DX650 418, South Australia, 5005, Australia
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Received: 1 July 2010 / Revised: 6 August 2010 / Accepted: 13 August 2010 / Published: 16 August 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Futures)
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Accumulation of atmospheric CO2 is increasing the temperature and concentration of CO2 in near-shore marine systems. These changes are occurring concurrently with increasing alterations to local conditions, including nutrient pollution and exploitation of selected biota. While the body of evidence for the negative effects of climate change is rapidly increasing, there is still only limited recognition that it may combine with local stressors to accelerate degradation. By recognizing such synergies, however, it may be possible to actively manage and improve local conditions to ameliorate the effects of climate change in the medium-term (e.g., by reducing nutrient pollution or restoring populations of herbivores). Ultimately, however, the most effective way to increase the sustainability of near-shore marine systems into the future will be to decrease our reliance on carbon-based sources of energy to reduce the negative effects of climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem shift; climate change; carbon dioxide; algae; amelioration ecosystem shift; climate change; carbon dioxide; algae; amelioration
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Falkenberg, L.J.; Burnell, O.W.; Connell, S.D.; Russell, B.D. Sustainability in Near-shore Marine Systems: Promoting Natural Resilience. Sustainability 2010, 2, 2593-2600.

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