Waste Disposal and Ocean Pollution

Authored by: Michael O. Angelidis

Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415531757
eBook ISBN: 9780203115398
Adobe ISBN: 9781136294822


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Waste is the result of human activities and its quantity is continuously increasing following the rapid growth of human population and the prevalence of waste-producing practices in our modern society. Waste is being transported to the marine environment through many pathways, including river discharge, atmospheric deposition or direct discharge/disposal of gas and liquid emissions, solid wastes, radioactivity, thermal energy and noise. In this article, we will briefly present the major categories of waste that are reaching the marine environment and we will attempt to highlight the major environmental concerns, as well as the existing relevant policy and management frameworks.

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