Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

River Thames’ plastic pollution: London river contains one of the highest levels of microplastics of all UK waterways

The research, carried out by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth, has prompted calls for routine monitoring of all UK waters to detect the pollutants. Researchers used a flourescence lighting system to identify microplastics per litre of water tested. The most polluted river was the River Tame in Greater Manchester, which presented more than 1000 pieces of microplastic per litre of water. In London, the Thames contained 84.1 pieces per litre. 

Waterways studied and microplastics per litre

• River Thames, London (84.1)

• Chester reedbed (7.6)

• Ullswater, Lake District (29.5)

• River Irwell, Salford, Greater Manchester (84.8)

• River Tame, Tameside, Greater Manchester (>1,000)

• River Blackwater, Essex (15.1)

• Falls of Dochart, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (3.3)

• Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (2.4)

• Afon Cegin – river; North Wales (76.9)

• Llyn Cefni – reservoir; Anglesey, Wales (43.2 )


Dr Christian Dunn, from Bangor University, said: “It was more than a little startling to discover microplastics were present in even the most remote sites we tested, and quite depressing they were there in some of our country’s most iconic locations." He added the findings should encourage people to start taking the threat of microplastics more seriously.

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