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Assessment of the environmental impacts of ocean acidification (OA) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) leaks using the amphipod Hyale youngi

Abstract

This study aims to ascertain the effects of CO2 induced water acidification and leaks from Carbon Capture and Storage activities on the South American amphipod Hyale youngi. A 10-day acute toxicity test was performed using sediments from two sites located inside the Santos Estuarine System. They were subjected to five pH treatments (8.1, 7.6, 7.0, 6.5, and 6.0). Metals (Cd, Cu, Cr, Pb, Ni and Zn) and the metalloid As were analyzed to determine the influence of their acidification-related mobility on the amphipods mortality. The results showed that mortality becomes significant when compared to control in pH 6.5 in the Canal de Piaçaguera sediment (contaminated) and at pH 6.0 in Ilha das Palmas sediment (reference).

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The work was funded by the Brazilian Government as the part of the project: CAPES PVE 126/2012. Additionally, it has been partially supported by Grant CTM2012-36476-C02-01-02 funded by Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The first author thanks the Erasmus Mundus Programme for the Master Fellowship. De Orte thanks FAPESP for the postdoctoral fellowship granted under process 2014/ 22273-1. Cesar, A. thanks the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq PQ# 305869/2013-2) for the productivity fellowships awarded. MD Basallote thanks CAPES Foundation for the Postdoctoral Fellowship granted under process PVE #126/2012. T. A. DelValls thanks the Spanish Ministry of Education for the mobility grant for researchers and Professors ‘PRX16/00074’. Also thanks to Profs. Ionan Marigomez and Manuel Soto for their help in improving the quality of the final version of the manuscript. Moreover we are grateful to the fishing club in Santos for sampling permission and UNISANTA ecotoxicology laboratory group for their logistical support.

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Goulding, T., De Orte, M., Szalaj, D. et al. Assessment of the environmental impacts of ocean acidification (OA) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) leaks using the amphipod Hyale youngi . Ecotoxicology 26, 521–533 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10646-017-1783-6

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Keywords

  • Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS)
  • Ocean acidification (OA)
  • Climate change
  • Metal mobilization
  • Amphipod
  • Hyale youngi