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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

Articles from Science for Environment Policy

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Health impacts of air pollution: the evidence reviewed
The damaging health impacts of some key air pollutants can occur at lower atmospheric concentrations than indicated by the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality guidelines, set in 2005 and currently used in Europe. This is according to a new WHO report, which assesses scientific evidence to help inform European air pollution policies.
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Increased biodiversity decreases the spread of disease
Decreasing biodiversity in an ecosystem can increase the spread of disease, research suggests. Researchers studying amphibian communities in natural wetland ecosystems as well as controlled experiments have shown that as diversity increased, infection rates dropped.
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Plastic litter found in fish guts
Tiny pieces of plastic are being taken up by a range of different fish species with unknown effects on their health, according to a new study. Researchers examined the gut contents of ten different species of fish found in UK waters and showed that so-called 'microplastics' were found in all species.
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Payments for ecosystem services: lessons from around the world
'Payment for ecosystem services' (PES) has become a commonly used term in recent years, yet the concept is not well defined. A new study reviewing PES theory, concepts and practice from around the world provides a valuable overview, concluding that more can be done to share learning.
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Equitable and efficient use of water resources is key to sustainable population growth
Population growth of any country is ultimately dependent on that country's access to freshwater resources, which also determines its capacity to produce food. A new study shows that population growth is expected to decline in countries with low water resources, as water-rich countries reduce food exports in order to feed their own growing populations.
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