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The Potential Impact of Climate Change on the Diffusion of Plastic Waste in the Ocean  

Jinni Wu1 , Lei Chen2
1 Cuixi Academy of Biotechnology, Zhuji, 311800, China
2 Zhuji Anhan Biotechnology Co., Ltd, zhuji, 311800, China
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2024, Vol. 14, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2024.14.0004
Received: 07 Jan., 2024    Accepted: 18 Feb., 2024    Published: 10 Mar., 2024
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Wu J.N., and Chen L., 2024, The potential impact of climate change on the diffusion of plastic waste in the ocean, International Journal of Marine Science, 14(1): 21-28 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2024.14.0004)


In recent years, global climate change and marine plastic pollution have become serious threats to the Earth's ecosystem and human society. Climate change has led to rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and an increase in extreme weather events, and the spread of plastic waste in the ocean has become a global problem, posing a threat to marine ecosystems and biodiversity. This study introduces the concept of climate change and focuses on exploring its direct impact on the marine environment, including factors such as rising seawater temperature, changes in ocean circulation, and acidification; discussed how climate change affects the distribution and decomposition of marine plastic waste. At the same time, this study delves into the potential impact of climate change on plastic waste in the ocean, from the negative impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, including threats to biodiversity and disruptions to the food chain. Understanding this relationship is crucial for taking effective measures to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. This not only provides a reliable basis for research on marine ecological environment, but also brings deeper insights into human health and sustainable development.

Climate change; Marine debris; Distribution mechanism; Plastic pollution hazards
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