Trends and global prospects of the Earth’s aquatic ecosystems

Polunin, Nicholas V.C., Gopal, Brij, Graham, Nicholas A.J., Hall, Stephen J., Ittekkot, Venugopalan , and Muhlig-Hofmann, Annette (2008) Trends and global prospects of the Earth’s aquatic ecosystems. In: Polunin, Nicholas V.C., (ed.) Aquatic Ecosystems: Trends and Global Prospects. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 353-365.

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The Earth's organisms have depended on water since they arose 3.5 billion years ago. In the last 10000 years, human development of stone tools, learning of food cultivation, growth of civilizations and trade, and migration among others have increasingly impinged on aquatic ecosystems. During the last century, the human population has tripled, and water use for human purposes increased six-fold. Approximately half of all available fresh water is now used to meet human ends, twice what it was 40 years ago (World Water Council [WWC] 2000), and by 2025, the withdrawal of water is projected globally to increase by at least 50% (Martinez Austria & van Hofwegen 2006).

Item ID: 8872
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-521-83327-1
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 04:30
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 40%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060204 Freshwater Ecology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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