Investigation of the Urban Factors Affecting Microplastic Pollution in Chinese Cities: The Case of Ningbo

Yuyao Xu, Faith Ka Shun Chan, Matthew Johnson, Thomas Stanton, Jun He, Tian Jia, Jue Wang, Zilin Wang, Yutong Yao, Junting Yang, Yaoyang Xu, Xubiao Yu, Dong Liu

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Abstract

Microplastic pollution is an emerging threat to global freshwater ecological security. The emission and discharge of microplastic pollutants is highly associated with human activities and, therefore, cities are particularly at risk of microplastic pollution because they are a concentrated zone of plastic industry and use. Urban rivers may also be significant in transporting microplastic pollution from cities to other areas. Because of rapid urbanization, Chinese coastal cities are potentially at increasing risks of microplastic pollution from freshwater, atmospheric and terrestrial environments. Previous studies discovered that urban factors, including local population density, economic structures, and land-use patterns play decisive roles in microplastic pollution in China’s urban catchments. This study builds on past work by analysing the relationship between urban factors and freshwater microplastic pollution along an urban river channel in Ningbo, a megalopolis on the East Coast of China. The microplastic abundance in the Fenghua River, Ningbo, was compared to equivalent measures in other research. This study also considers local urban developments, revealing some of the core factors affecting urban microplastic pollution levels. This manuscript ultimately aims to find countermeasures for controlling China’s urban microplastic pollution. These measures will also provide some new perspectives for Chinese cities to deal with the spread and emission of other artificial contaminants in the future, so as to maintain the sustainable development in China, and extensively to other cities in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020) -
EditorsFaith Ka Chan, Hing Kai Chan, Tiantian Zhang, Ming Xu
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages325-341
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789811596049
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Resource Sustainability - Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era, icRS Urbanisation 2020 - Ningbo, China
Duration: 13 Dec 202015 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Science and Engineering
ISSN (Print)1863-5520
ISSN (Electronic)1863-5539

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Resource Sustainability - Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era, icRS Urbanisation 2020
Country/TerritoryChina
CityNingbo
Period13/12/2015/12/20

Keywords

  • Chinese urban freshwater environment
  • Microplastic pollution
  • River

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Systems

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