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UK News Manchester river has worst level of microplastic pollution in world, study finds

13:25  13 march  2018
13:25  13 march  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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A river in Greater Manchester has the worst level of microplastic pollution ever recorded anywhere in the world , a study has discovered. The River Tame in Denton was one of several waterways in northwest England found to have "extraordinarily" high concentrations

A river in the north-west of England had the highest recorded levels of microplastic pollution in the world , a study has found . Researchers at the University of Manchester studied rural streams and urban rivers at 40 sites across Greater Manchester , and discovered tiny plastic beads

An exfoliating daily wash containing micro-beads (Yui Mok/PA) © Provided by The Press Association An exfoliating daily wash containing micro-beads (Yui Mok/PA)

A river in the north-west of England had the highest recorded levels of microplastic pollution in the world, a study has found.

Researchers at the University of Manchester studied rural streams and urban rivers at 40 sites across Greater Manchester, and discovered tiny plastic beads, fibres and fragments in all parts of the network.

This included a site on the River Tame in Denton, which the team said had the worst levels of contamination so far recorded anywhere in the world.

Undated handout of polyethylene microbeads widely used in shower gel © PA Undated handout of polyethylene microbeads widely used in shower gel

Microplastics, which come from a variety of sources including clothing and cosmetics, can be harmful to marine life and pose a threat to ecosystem health.

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A river in the north-west of England had the highest recorded levels of microplastic pollution in the world , a study has found . Researchers at the University of Manchester studied rural streams and urban rivers at 40 sites across Greater Manchester , and discovered tiny plastic beads

A British river has the most microplastic pollution in the world , according to a new study by the University of Manchester . Microplastic contamination was found in all parts of the network. The worst of all was the River Tame at Denton with the highest levels of microplastics recorded

The scientists are calling for tighter regulations on waste flowing into urban waterways, and say pollution in these channels is a “major contributor” to contamination in the oceans.

Professor Jamie Woodward, the university’s head of geography, said: “Microplastics in the ocean have recently attracted a lot of attention, but until now science knew little about the major sources of this pollution and the transport processes involved.

Conservative MP Rebecca Pow raises the issue of plastic microbeads being used in cosmetic products during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons © PA Conservative MP Rebecca Pow raises the issue of plastic microbeads being used in cosmetic products during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons

“We decided to explore the contamination of urban river beds, as we began to think that they may be the main source of the problem.”

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A river in the north-west of England had the highest recorded levels of microplastic pollution in the world , a study has found . Researchers at the University of Manchester studied rural streams and urban rivers at 40 sites across Greater Manchester , and discovered tiny plastic beads

administrator 0 12.03.2018 EngNews. A British river has the worst microplastic pollution in the The team examined river sediments from 40 sites across Greater Manchester including urban But the River Tame at Denton was found to have the highest levels of microplastics recorded

After major flooding hit the Greater Manchester area, the researchers re-tested all of the sites.

About 70% of the microplastics stored on the river bed – equivalent to about 40 billion particles – had been removed, they said, suggesting large quantities had been flushed into the ocean.

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Prof Woodward added: “We are only beginning to understand the extent of the microplastic contamination problem in the world’s rivers. To tackle the problem in the oceans, we have to prevent microplastics entering river channels.

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A RIVER in the north-west of England had the highest recorded levels of microplastic pollution in the world , a study has found . Researchers at the University of Manchester studied rural streams and urban rivers at 40 sites across Greater Manchester , and discovered tiny plastic beads

A study reveals highest microplastic pollution levels ever recorded in a river in Manchester , UK and shows that billions of particles flooded into the sea from rivers in the area in just one year.

“We also need to reduce our use of plastics large and small.”

Earlier this year, a UK-wide ban on adding microbeads into rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels came into force.

A piece of plastic sheeting found on the shore of the Thames Estuary on January 2, 2018 in Rainham, Kent. © Getty A piece of plastic sheeting found on the shore of the Thames Estuary on January 2, 2018 in Rainham, Kent.

Theresa May has also pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years.

The study, which describes microplastic pollution in the oceans as “one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns”, was published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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