Capstone Title

Persistent Heavy Metal Pollution from Anthropogenic Practices in Emerging Market Economies

Defense Date

3-2014

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

M.S. Coastal Zone Management

First Advisor

Donald McCorquodale

Second Advisor

James Thomas

Abstract

Destruction of coastal habitats and waterways has occurred in nearly every region of the globe. Heavy metal pollution in emerging market countries began in the 1960’s and 70’s and still continues. Metals become toxic by biotic and abiotic factors. Bioaccumulation and biomagnification can affect the health of humans and organisms colonizing in areas with elevated metal levels. Industrial pollutants, sewage effluent and mining activities in regions with reduced regulatory guidelines pose serious threats to adjacent lands and inhabitants. Health risks can result from contaminated water supply and consumption of species inhabiting waters in close proximity to polluting sites. Future health of humans and ecosystems near emerging market countries experiencing elevated industrialization efforts will depend on regulatory frameworks and technological advancement in production practices.

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