90% of plastic from 10 rivers

14/08/2018

As debate on the wisdom of banning so-called single-use plastic bags goes on, it’s interesting to note that 90% of the plastic in the sea comes from just 10 rivers.

A shocking study has revealed 90 per cent of the world’s plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa.

As governments around the world rush to address the global problem of plastic pollution in the oceans, researchers have now pinpointed the river systems that carry the majority of it out to sea. 

About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources – such as the Yangtze and the Ganges – could almost halve it, scientists claim. . .

 

This provides proof for Dr Patrick Moore’s view (via Not PC) that the problem isn’t plastic, it’s litter.

It’s not how many times a bag is used, but how it is disposed of once it’s no longer useful that causes pollution.


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