Wednesday, November 22, 2017

About that "Crisis" Regarding Plastic in the Oceans

Shocking report reveals that 95% of plastic polluting the world's oceans comes from just TEN rivers including the Ganges and Niger, and none are in the United States.
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.
And with no further ado, the dirty dozen minus two:

Yangtze                                East China Sea               Asia
Indus                                    Arabian Sea                     Asia
Yellow River                         Yellow Sea                       Asia
Hai He                                  Yellow Sea                       Asia
Nile                                       Mediterranean                 Africa
Ganges                                 Bay of Bengal                  Asia
Pearl River                            South China Sea             Asia
Amur                                     Sea of Okhotsk                Asia
Niger                                     Gulf of Guinea                  Africa
Mekong                                 South China Sea              Asia 
This should not be considered a license to dump your trash in the ocean, but just be aware of where the problem seems really come from. China seems over represented even given it's huge population.

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