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The Ecological Impacts of Marine Plastic Debris in the South Pacific Region
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The population in the Pacific Islands region is vastly dependant on their oceanic resources, for food, protection and economic income. Today the Pacific Ocean faces many threats that could risk the living hood of its population. This study aims to map the extent of plastic pollution in the South Pacific and possible measurements against it. The study will also be focused on plastic shopping bags and try to assess the most environmentally friendly option. This will be achieved by literature reviews, personal interviews and experimental studies. The results showed that the pollution is of the same magnitude that in the more commonly known North Pacific Garbage Patch and may affect the ecosystems by killing animals as well as transporting environmental pollutants through the food web and invasive species through oceans. Much is still unknown about the affects of microplastics and further studies are needed. Main focus should be to stop the plastic pollution at the source, for example by levying plastic bags and only allowing completely compostable bags.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 35 p.
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-139393OAI: diva2:686296
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Industrial Ecology
Educational program
Bachelor of Science - Energy and Environment
Available from: 2014-01-10 Created: 2014-01-10 Last updated: 2014-01-10Bibliographically approved

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