Urban pollution and ecosystem services

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    Urban pollutants can degrade and inhibit ecological functions and processes. Those natural processes provide vital benefits and services to humans. The ‘services’ range from food and water provision, to aesthetics, cultural benefits, health and recreation opportunities, and also climate regulation (including water and air quality regulation and flood regulation). These services are referred to collectively as ecosystem services (ES). To understand the impacts of urban pollution, and the opportunities for mitigating its effects, it is important to explore the relationship between pollution and ES. This can lead to better decision-making for urban infrastructure and spaces and can provide increased opportunities for gaining multiple ES from urban environments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUrban pollution
    Subtitle of host publicationscience and management
    EditorsSusanne M. Charlesworth, Colin A. Booth
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781119260509
    ISBN (Print)1119260485, 9781119260486
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


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    Wade, R. (2019). Urban pollution and ecosystem services. In S. M. Charlesworth, & C. A. Booth (Eds.), Urban pollution: science and management (pp. 199-210). Wiley-Blackwell.