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Estuarine and marine pollutants
Readman, J.W.; Kádár, E.; Readman, J.A.J.; Guitart, C. (2011). Estuarine and marine pollutants, in: Hester, R.E. et al. (Ed.) Marine pollution and human health. Issues in Environmental Science and Technology, 33: pp. 68-94. hdl.handle.net/10.1039/9781849732871-00068
In: Hester, R.E.; Harrison, R.M. (Ed.) (2011). Marine pollution and human health. Issues in Environmental Science and Technology, 33. Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge. ISBN 978-1-84973-240-6. xiv, 168 pp., more
In: Issues in Environmental Science and Technology. RSC Publishing: Cambridge. ISSN 1350-7583, more
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Keywords
    Estuarine pollution; Marine pollution; Marine; Brackish water

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  • Readman, J.W.
  • Kádár, E.
  • Readman, J.A.J.
  • Guitart, C.

Abstract
    With the notable exception of the methyl mercury poisoning event in Minamata Bay, Japan, in the 1950s, chemical pollutants, unlike pathogens and toxic algal blooms, rarely cause hospitalisation or instant death. Effects with respect to human health are far more subtle and are typically chronic rather than acute. Consumption of contaminated seafood is the major route of uptake and has implications with respect to increasing aquaculture. Marine aerosols afford another route of exposure for man. Typically, the socio-economic factors are most importantly affected through loss of amenities, ecology and produce, leading to degradation of the environment and, for example, reductions in tourism. This chapter complements those dealing with microbial pollution and harmful algal blooms, and addresses priority pollutants, emerging contaminants presently under scrutiny (including nanoparticles) and plastics. It also discusses the problems associated with evaluating complex mixtures of contaminants to which biota (including humans) are usually exposed. Climate change implications and its effects on pollution are also investigated. Finally, future issues of concern are debated.

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