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| Last Updated:: 23/11/2021

[Explainer] What is the effect of plastic on ecosystems?




by Devayani Khare





  • Plastic is poised to be the most perceivable, persistent and pervasive indicator of the Anthropocene era and human industrial legacy.

  • Terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems are more linked than we realise, and plastic pollution in one ecosystem can have cascading effects elsewhere.

  • Plankton – key indicators of healthy aquatic ecosystems, are being adversely affected by microplastics, and the planet’s carbon sinks are in serious danger.