Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


microplastic pollution; marine environment; ecological and health hazard; risk management

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In the last decade, microplastic pollution in marine environments has aroused great concern of international society. The adverse biological impacts of microplastics on marine biota directly promote the issue of laws to ban the sale or distribution of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads. However, it is still necessary to find more scientific evidences for the testification of potential harms of microplastics to the ecological and human health in order to take the further action to manage and control the global microplastic pollution. This paper emphasizes that it is urgent to study the ecological and health hazards of marine microplastics. The prospects and challenges in this field are also discussed. Furthermore, the measures to solve microplastic pollution in marine environments are proposed and a precautionary principle in administration is recommended with an aim to elevate management capacity for controlling microplastic pollution in marine environments in the future.

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