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Handbook of Environmental Chemistry
The presence of microplastics in marine environment is increasingly reported and has been recognized as an issue of emerging concern that might adversely affect wildlife and cause potential risk to the health of marine ecosystems. In addition, preliminary works demonstrated that microplastics are ubiquitously present in many inland waters with concentrations comparable or higher than those observed in marine environments. Asia is the most populous continent in the world, and most Asiandoi:10.1007/978-3-319-61615-5_5 fatcat:6xw4f6wyyrf65j4fc5tjpy6e2a