Effects of ecosystem’s degradation and the EEA report. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)


Effects of ecosystem’s degradation and the EEA report. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

Recently the European Environment Agency has released a report about the “Effects of air pollution on European ecosystems“. “The overall goal of the report is to evaluate — for the whole of Europe — how aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems were affected by acidifying and eutrophying air pollutants. The EEA report assesses the proportion of ecosystems exposed to nitrogen dioxide and sulphur-containing pollutants above sustainable levels.”

In order to study the “Effects of air pollution on European ecosystems”, the EEA has chosen as an indicator changes on “biodiversity” in grasslands. Mainly, the assessment presented here looks at the impact of air pollution in plant growth success for a number of species (“possible impacts of nutrient nitrogen deposition on species richness in nutrient-poor grasslands”).

However, I find missing here the required attention to explore the effects that altering the health state of our ecosystems oppose into the healthiness of the environment that is generated from them such as the types and concentration of bioaerosols generated, i.e. pollen, fungi, bacteria, …

We live in a symbiotic relationship with our ecosystems. Studying the effects of anthropogenic air pollutants on natural ecosystems should go beyond covering biodiversity. They should also address the effects over the biological performance in order  to evaluate how much impact do we get due to the degradation of our ecosystems.

Air pollutants (SO, NO, DEP…) have an impact on ecosystems beyond triggering changes in its composition and structure. They also trigger changes in:
• the metabolism of the species,
• the quantity and the innocuousness of the particles and substances that they release,
• and, ultimately, the level of exposure to hazards that “we” get resultant from the synergistic effects of combining anthropogenic and natural pollutants (i.e. pollen + SO, NO, DEP …).

I believe that this is important since our own health gets a huge impact from not only anthropogenic but also “natural” pollutants. Eventually, the report does not address two major questions:

How anthropogenic air pollutants affect ecosystem’s performance by means of

  • Ecosystem resilience,
  • Soil weathering, structure and composition,
  • Synergistic effects soil-flora-fauna,
  • Groundwater,
  • Atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic Albedo,
  • Water bodies,
  • Biological productivity,
  • Climatic events,
  • Aerosol composition related with Drop nuclei processes, albedo and health.
  • Alterations on plant metabolism,
  • Protein synthesis,
  • Photosynthesis.

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How the degradation of the ecosystem has an impact on human health by means of everything generated within/by them

  • pollen,
  • fungi,
  • bacteria,
  • soil leaching,
  • plant debris,  …

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I was surprised by the big umbrella that the title covers and the lack of interactions and mechanisms considered in the report.

 

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Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com. By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/bibliography/citations#! DOIs can be generated on demand by request at email: d.fdezsevilla(at)gmail.com for those publications missing at the ResearchGate profile vinculated with this project. **Author´s profile: Born in 1974. Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my work previous to 2013 as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After 12 years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, in 2013 I found myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my own line of research. In the current competitive scenario, in order to demonstrate my capacities instead of just moving my cv waiting for my next opportunity to arrive, I decided to invest my energy and time in opening my own line of research sharing it in this blog. In March 2017 the budget reserved for this project has ended and its weekly basis time frame discontinued until new forms of economic and/or institutional support are incorporated into the project. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this platform and at LinkedIn has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my achievements and that the Intellectual Property Rights generated with the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in similar lines of research. **Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome as well as any approach exploring professional opportunities to be part of.** In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) gmail.com or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2017. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at https://diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/
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