Choking plastic pollution in Manila Bay mangroves

05 October 2021, 6:09 GMT
By The Guardian

Credit photo: Diuvs de Jesus

The wetlands are of huge environmental significance.

"The plastic pollution, though, could devastate the area. Mangroves have special roots, known as pneumatophores, “sort of like a snorkel that helps them breathe in when seawater rises,” says Janina Castro, member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and advocate for wetland conservation. Plastic risks suffocating pneumatophores, weakening, and potentially killing the trees."

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