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In the last 60 years, 9.1 billion tons of plastic has been produced across the globe and 7 billion tons of it has ended up as waste. And as expected much of the plastic has penetrated our oceans. When it comes to year wise breakdown, 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the sea every year. Researchers from the Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research in Germany have found that just 10 rivers account for 90 percent of the plastics flowing into the seas.

Christian Schmidt, a hydrogeologist at the center who led the study said: “For the ocean science community, it’s important to understand how plastic debris spreads in the oceans. Until now it has been sufficient to know that 80 percent of ocean plastic is generated from land, but current research is more directed to the sources of the problem.”

10 river systems are responsible for 90 percent of the plastic flowing into the oceans

10 Rivers That Are Responsible For 90 Percent Of The Plastic In The Oceans

  1. The Yangtze River
  2. Indus River
  3. Yellow River
  4. Hai He River
  5. Nile River
  6. Ganges River
  7. Pearl River
  8. Amur River
  9. Niger River
  10.  Mekong River

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10 Rivers That Are Responsible For 90 Percent Of The Plastic In The Oceans

Schmidt also explained the importance of waste management, “Implementing better waste management is of paramount importance, as well as reducing plastic inputs into the environment.But improving waste infrastructure should go hand in hand with actions to make people aware that whatever is dumped into rivers will not disappear. It will potentially end up in the oceans.”

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