Curbing marine pollution by plastics

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Sujoy Nandy, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

 


 

We know that plastics and pollybags are an important part of
our everyday lives.Plastics find their uses in a variety of
ways like clothing, storage, transportation , packaging ,
construction and a lot of varied ways. They have always helped
us in carrying and keeping our items of use.
However the durability of the plastics come with a cost.
Plastics are not decomposed by the micro organisms and they
remain undecomposed in the soil. They also present a danger of
polluting the water and disturbing the marine life. They
release toxic pollutants like POPs affecting the wildlife and
human race. Mainly because of irresponsible behaviour, a lot of
plastic debris gets collected and cause an environmental
threat. These debris enter the world’s oceans and disturb the
ecological balance.
The scientists says that the problem can be resolved by
combining methods like regulations of use, stressing on reuse
and recycle and findind an alternative to plastics. This is
said in a paper presented by NIO scientists during the 5th
International Conference on Ecotoxicology and Environmental
Sciences held in Kochi the previous week. Such measures can’t
be accomplished by the government alone. A lot of public
support is needed to solve this issue. Plastics will no doubt
continue to be a very important commodity for us in future as
well but hopefully we will be able to reduce its damaging
impact on the environment and the marine life.

References: http://www.firstpost.com/world/reduce-reuse-and-recycle-scientists-suggest-novel-way-to-curb-marine-pollution-by-plastics-2642834.html?utm_source=FP_CAT_LATEST_NEWS

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