Running head: MARINE PLASTIC POLLUTION IN ASIA
Marine Plastic Pollution in Asia
The part of marine plastic alludes to the specific fabricated strong material that is relentless and is generally disposed of into individual water bodies, for example, the specific streams and oceans. These strong materials are likewise discarded along the sea shores and furthermore disposed of into the ocean in a roundabout way from stream sources and sewage. As indicated by Landon-lane (2018), These specific marine plastics causes are a risk to the climate, additionally present dangers concerning wellbeing, economy, and angles managing style. Additionally, these strong materials are a risk to specific marine living spaces and the individual biological system.
This paper expounds on marine plastic pollution in Asia, focusing on the sources, impacts on the environment, and available solutions to address the matter.
Henderson and Green (2020) state that about eighty percent of the marine pollution results from the human activities done on land concerning the aspect of solid wastes leakages in the form of plastic, which is derived from the inadequate waste management. Other sources of these aspects involve the sewage disposals in the rivers and the coastal waters. Also, the aspect of disposals from usage in agriculture such as phosphorous and nitrogen (Potocka et al.,2019)
The impacts of the marine plastics majors affect human life and the marine life. This implies the human health and life of marine animals. Xanthos and Walker (2017) claim that once the marine animals ingest the plastics, it causes blockage in their digestive system resulting in death. The animals could also be tangled in plastic waste, causing movement deprivation, depriving the animal survival.
The available solutions are that the countries in Asia should integrate and enhance suitable frameworks and policies that would restrict how the plastic waste would be handled. Another aspect is that individual responsibility should be integrated to clean the beaches and ensure proper disposal of the plastic materials.
It is paramount that marine plastic pollution is a danger concerning human health and the marine life. This implies the long-term health effect in humans and death, such as through blockages for the marine animals. It’s the responsibility of governments to implement the correct framework and policies to address the issue. This will ensure the correct disposal and management of the plastic waste.
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