Data Mining Revealing Recent Microplastics Pollution of Freshwater in China
- 1 College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing 400074, China
- 2 Department of Public Health and Management, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China
This review mainly discusses the characteristics and correlation of microplastics (MPs) in freshwater systems under various geographical environments in China. The distribution and source of MPs are analyzed and their spatial analyses are performed using the GIS method. Besides, the current and future situation of microplastic pollution in China is further evaluated through data mining. Results indicate that recent studies mainly focused on the middle and lower reaches of the yangtze river and its tributaries, as well as lakes and reservoirs along the yangtze river. Notably, large-scale reservoirs, rivers, and lakes located in densely populated areas showed higher abundances of MPs. Taken together, the current MP’s pollution of freshwater in China was not optimistic. Novel technologies should be developed to remove existing microplastics and new laws and regulations should be promulgated to reduce plastic waste pollution.
Copyright: © 2022 Zhuo-Yuan Xie and De-Sheng Pei. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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