Amazon aquatic biodiversity imperiled by oil spills

Azevedo-Santos, Valter M., Garcia-Ayala, James R., Fearnside, Philip M., Esteves, Francisco A., Pelicice, Fernando M., Laurance, William F., and Bernie, Ricardo C. (2016) Amazon aquatic biodiversity imperiled by oil spills. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25 (13). pp. 2831-2834.

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Abstract

Oil exploitation poses a significant threat to freshwater biodiversity, and future plans to develop petroleum leases in the Amazon Basin should be seem with caution. A series of oil spills have significantly affected biodiversity and human activities in some Amazonian basins, indicating that disturbances by petroleum activities will increase in the region, particularly in upper basins and river headwaters. Measures are needed to reduce the risk of spills and to minimize their impacts. More fundamentally, changes in decision making are needed that give proper weight to these impacts.

Item ID: 49170
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1572-9710
Keywords: development policy, environmental impact, fish kill, freshwater, petroleum, pollution
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 00:00
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040309 Petroleum and Coal Geology @ 10%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 90%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8501 Energy Exploration > 850103 Oil and Gas Exploration @ 10%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960703 Environmental Education and Awareness @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems @ 30%
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