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95% of plastic polluting the world’s oceans comes from just TEN rivers

New Zealand is often put on a guilt trip about our clean green image, but have you ever witnessed tonnes of plastic waste gushing into the sea from one of our rivers? Take the Port of Waikato as an example, are we seeing tons of rubbish washing into the sea – the simple answer is NO because its not happening.

A shocking report reveals that 95% of plastic polluting the world’s oceans comes from just TEN rivers including the Ganges and Niger

  • Scientists analysed data on plastic from 79 sampling sites along 57 rivers
  • Their results showed that 10 rivers account for the majority of plastic
  • Eight of these are in Asia, including the Yangtze and Indus rivers
  • Targeting these rivers could halve the amount of plastic waste, experts predict

Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world’s oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research.

The top 10 rivers – eight of which are in Asia – accounted for so much plastic because of the mismanagement of waste.

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. Read the full article here.

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