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'Ocean governance for human health and the role of the social sciences' (The Lancet, Planetary Health Volume 2, No. 7, July 2018)

last modified Jul 12, 2018 06:09 PM
Review of scholarly output by natural and social sciences on the interdependence between the planet's oceans and human health by R. Meissner.


An interdependent association exists between the planet's oceans and human health. The oceans are responsible for most of the planet's biological activity and biomass production while supplying humans with sustenance and oxygen that are vital for the existence of human societies. Teeming with life, the oceans have the potential to supply marine-derived biopharmaceuticals. However, aspects of the oceans can be harmful; for example, eating contaminated seafood and inhaling aerosolised ocean toxins can contribute to paralytic shellfish poisoning and chronic liver disease caused by microcystins.


To access the full article by R Meissner, please visit the Lancet - Planetary Health website.

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