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Emerging water pollution in the world's least disturbed lakes on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

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Emerging water pollution in the world's least disturbed lakes on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. / Wu, Y.; Wang, S.; Ni, Z.; Li, H.; May, L.; Pu, J.

In: Environmental Pollution, Vol. 272, 116032, 01.03.2021.

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Wu, Y., Wang, S., Ni, Z., Li, H., May, L., & Pu, J. (2021). Emerging water pollution in the world's least disturbed lakes on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Pollution, 272, [116032]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116032

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Wu, Y. ; Wang, S. ; Ni, Z. ; Li, H. ; May, L. ; Pu, J. / Emerging water pollution in the world's least disturbed lakes on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. In: Environmental Pollution. 2021 ; Vol. 272.

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title = "Emerging water pollution in the world's least disturbed lakes on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau",
abstract = "Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) Lake Region has largest abundance and size distribution of lakes in China. Being relatively away from major human activities, the water quality of these lakes has not attracted concerns in the past. However, dramatic climate change and intensified anthropogenic activities over the past 30 years have exerted multiple pressures on the water environment of the lakes, resulting in elevated nutrient concentrations in major freshwater lakes of the region. Rapid water quality deterioration and eutrophication of the lakes were first found in Lake Hurleg in the northeast of the plateau. Analyses of driving forces associated with these changes indicate that both the intrinsic characteristics of the QTP lakes and climate change were responsible for the vulnerability to human activities than other lakes in different regions of China, with accelerated urbanization and extensive economic development in the lake basin playing a decisive role in creating water pollution events. Under combination pressures from both natural and anthropogenic effect, the increasing rate of nutrient concentrations in Lake Hurleg has been 53–346 times faster than in Lake Taihu and Lake Dianchi during the deterioration stage. The result suggests the current development mode of Lake Hurleg basin is not suitable for setting protection targets for the QTP lake region more broadly due to its extremely poor environmental carrying capacity. To stop worsening the lake water environment condition, it is necessary to review the achievements made and lessons learned from China's fight against lake pollution and take immediate measures, inform policies into the development mode in the QTP lake region, and avoid irreversible consequences and ensure good water quality in the “Asian Water Tower.” Decline of water quality occurred in QTP lakes, current regional development mode is unsuitable for the protection of these lakes. ",
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AU - Wang, S.

AU - Ni, Z.

AU - Li, H.

AU - May, L.

AU - Pu, J.

N1 - This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Environmental Pollution. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Environmental Pollution, 272, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116032

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N2 - Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) Lake Region has largest abundance and size distribution of lakes in China. Being relatively away from major human activities, the water quality of these lakes has not attracted concerns in the past. However, dramatic climate change and intensified anthropogenic activities over the past 30 years have exerted multiple pressures on the water environment of the lakes, resulting in elevated nutrient concentrations in major freshwater lakes of the region. Rapid water quality deterioration and eutrophication of the lakes were first found in Lake Hurleg in the northeast of the plateau. Analyses of driving forces associated with these changes indicate that both the intrinsic characteristics of the QTP lakes and climate change were responsible for the vulnerability to human activities than other lakes in different regions of China, with accelerated urbanization and extensive economic development in the lake basin playing a decisive role in creating water pollution events. Under combination pressures from both natural and anthropogenic effect, the increasing rate of nutrient concentrations in Lake Hurleg has been 53–346 times faster than in Lake Taihu and Lake Dianchi during the deterioration stage. The result suggests the current development mode of Lake Hurleg basin is not suitable for setting protection targets for the QTP lake region more broadly due to its extremely poor environmental carrying capacity. To stop worsening the lake water environment condition, it is necessary to review the achievements made and lessons learned from China's fight against lake pollution and take immediate measures, inform policies into the development mode in the QTP lake region, and avoid irreversible consequences and ensure good water quality in the “Asian Water Tower.” Decline of water quality occurred in QTP lakes, current regional development mode is unsuitable for the protection of these lakes.

AB - Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) Lake Region has largest abundance and size distribution of lakes in China. Being relatively away from major human activities, the water quality of these lakes has not attracted concerns in the past. However, dramatic climate change and intensified anthropogenic activities over the past 30 years have exerted multiple pressures on the water environment of the lakes, resulting in elevated nutrient concentrations in major freshwater lakes of the region. Rapid water quality deterioration and eutrophication of the lakes were first found in Lake Hurleg in the northeast of the plateau. Analyses of driving forces associated with these changes indicate that both the intrinsic characteristics of the QTP lakes and climate change were responsible for the vulnerability to human activities than other lakes in different regions of China, with accelerated urbanization and extensive economic development in the lake basin playing a decisive role in creating water pollution events. Under combination pressures from both natural and anthropogenic effect, the increasing rate of nutrient concentrations in Lake Hurleg has been 53–346 times faster than in Lake Taihu and Lake Dianchi during the deterioration stage. The result suggests the current development mode of Lake Hurleg basin is not suitable for setting protection targets for the QTP lake region more broadly due to its extremely poor environmental carrying capacity. To stop worsening the lake water environment condition, it is necessary to review the achievements made and lessons learned from China's fight against lake pollution and take immediate measures, inform policies into the development mode in the QTP lake region, and avoid irreversible consequences and ensure good water quality in the “Asian Water Tower.” Decline of water quality occurred in QTP lakes, current regional development mode is unsuitable for the protection of these lakes.

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KW - Qinghai-tibet plateau lakes

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KW - Deterioration

KW - Eutrophication

KW - Lakes

KW - Nutrients

KW - Regional planning

KW - Water quality

KW - Water towers

KW - Anthropogenic activity

KW - Anthropogenic effects

KW - Environmental carrying capacities

KW - Intrinsic characteristics

KW - Lake water environments

KW - Nutrient concentrations

KW - Qinghai-Tibetan plateau

KW - Water quality deterioration

KW - Lake pollution

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VL - 272

JO - Environmental Pollution

JF - Environmental Pollution

SN - 0269-7491

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