A new study claims that current plastic pollution levels in the world could lead to harmful consequences that would never reverse. According to recent research by environmental researchers from Norway, Sweden and Germany published in Science; plastic pollution is a global problem. Therefore, measures to drastically decrease plastic consumption in our environment are necessary. The study comes as plastic pollution has become a major concern because of its effects on aquatic systems, wildlife and the food chain.
The scientists claim that current plastic production techniques are severely hindering efforts to reduce the amount of plastic waste being produced, which they say is leading to increased pollution levels, oversupply and irreparable damage to ecosystems. They also argue that plastic pollution is a major cause of the global surge in the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases (AGCC). In addition, the researchers say that their research proves that current plastic production methods are poorly reversible. They also maintained that current management systems are either incapable or unwilling to reduce the volume of plastic that flows into our environment.
The researchers believe that a combination of Science and technology can reduce plastic pollution, but only if scientific studies and technology are adopted as policymakers. It is believed that a combination of Science and technology can reduce the volume of plastic waste and properly recycle used plastic. Currently, Science and technology only have a limited capacity to deal with the increasing plastic waste problem. Scientists admit that tackling plastic pollution at the scale needed is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today, but they believe that there is a way forward.
It is estimated that millions of trees are planted every year to provide much-needed fuel for modern society. Unfortunately, the planting of trees results in releasing toxic gases into the atmosphere, leading to severe damage to the ozone layer and climate change. A recent study shows that tree planting could cause a rise in ocean acidification – a phenomenon that could severely damage our marine ecosystem. Plastic bags could also encourage the growth of bacteria that produce toxins in the landfill, contributing to an increased level of plastic pollution.
As well as causing grave environmental damage, plastic has other drawbacks. Recently, a Dutch research project revealed that plastic has a surprisingly direct link to human mental health. This is because the material cannot easily be removed by washing, making it more likely to cling to the skin and hair. This is a worrying trend as plastic bags have been linked to various diseases such as skin conditions, headaches and asthma.
One of the most serious problems is the plastic effect waste has on sea life. Acidification of water by plastic has led to a decline in plankton, with detrimental effects on fish reproduction and development. Studies have also shown a link between low productivity in fisheries and the rising levels of plastic pollution worldwide.