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Asian countries lead the way in pollution. The plastic waste in our oceans seems unstoppable

Research has shown that just five countries are the world's biggest polluters, and they are all in Asia.

Our oceans are close to choking from our waste: plastic bottles, plastic bags, nets, microbeads and everything else ends up in them. The ocean gyres have become gigantic symbols of human waste, and instead of shrinking they are just growing.

A mere 5% of the plastic in our oceans can be seen on the surface, with the rest located below sea level where it literally becomes a bitter pill to swallow for fish and other aquatic creatures.

Five Asian nations are the biggest polluters, dumping a shocking amount of plastic

Research has shown that just five countries are the world’s biggest polluters, and they are all in Asia. Ocean Conservancy says that China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are the world’s worst polluters, responsible for 60% of global plastic waste.

If we continue the way we have been, by 2025 there will be almost a ton of plastic for every three tons of fish – this will not only harm the environment, it will also do severe damage to the economy.

Why is Asia such a problem when it comes to pollution and waste?

We all know that in reality the Western world is made up of true consumers, so why is it that Asia has taken the lead in terms of waste? The reason is that Asian countries have started to follow the Western example of consumption. As their economies grow more money has become available and the demand for new products has increased steadily. Then there is also the fact that their waste processing is a long way behind that of the Western world – only 40% of waste in the countries we mentioned is actually collected, with most simply dumped somewhere.

Climate conference: Asia objects to climate change agreements

An added issue is that Asian nations fear that the agreements reached at the climate change conference in Paris will mean all sacrifice and no reward. They want historical emissions to be looked at and demand that they too have a right to develop. The problem is that when you negotiate on climate change, you are negotiating on economic growth.

 

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