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Study: Millions of Tons of Plastic Waste Enter the Ocean From Rivers Every Year

A new study reported in Nature shows that between 1.15 and 2.41 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean from rivers every year, mostly between the months of May and October. Of the top 20 polluting rivers, most are in China, accounting for 67 percent of the global total; 86 percent comes from Asian rivers overall. Staggering amounts of plastic waste, from water bottles and plastic bags to tiny microbeads and microfibers, are entering waterways worldwide. In 2015, researchers...

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