13 Mar '18, 1pm

Highest ever levels of microplastic found in English river

When I wrote about Bali's biggest ever beach clean up , Ruben rightly pointed out that we need top-of-the-pipe solutions to reduce waste and pollution in the first place. I continue to contend that it's not an either/or proposition—actions like Bali's, and like the #2MinuteBeachClean can be used to engage folks in political solutions too. Nevertheless, a headline from The Guardian reminds us of just how important a more systemic solution really is: Scientists have just found the highest ever levels of micro plastic recorded in a river . And that river was in Manchester, England. Worse still, after recent floods and storms, 70% of the microplastics sampled were washed away elsewhere. Rachel Hurley of the University of Manchester, lead author of the study which was published in Nature Geoscience , explained that the sheer volume of pollution from just one river has led scien...

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