Name three environmental issues in Asian countries.
Climate change has caused rising sea levels, extreme weather, and habitat loss. Air pollution is a major public health problem that is linked to cardiopulmonary diseases. Deforestation and illegal wildlife trade threaten biodiversity and the livelihood of local communities.
Environmental Issues in Asian Countries
Air Pollution: Water Pollution: Deforestation:
In 2018, Asian countries generated nearly half of the world’s total plastic waste, with China alone responsible for almost one-third of the global burden. Cambodia is the only country in Asia to have banned plastic bags in all its major markets and establishments. Indonesia is the world’s second-largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution, behind only China.
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Work together in pairs: What environmental challenges has the country of your heritage faced in the past, and what steps have been taken to address them?
What are some of the major environmental challenges faced by Asian countries, and what steps can be taken to address them?
Work together in pairs: What are the main environmental issues in Asian countries that need to be addressed in order for them to become sustainable?
Brain break: Draw a wacky wild monster eating pizza.
Which Asian country is the largest contributor to plastic pollution in the ocean?
- South Korea
What is the major cause of air pollution in Delhi, India?
- Vehicle emissions
- Industrial waste
- Agricultural burning
- Construction dust
'Haze' refers to which environmental issue that commonly occurs in Southeast Asia?
- Water pollution
- Forest fires
- Oil spills
Which Asian country has faced severe water scarcity issues due to over-extraction and depletion of groundwater resources?
What is one of the main causes of deforestation in Indonesia?
- Commercial logging
- Mining activities
- Palm oil plantations