Environmental organization warns of plastic pollution in rivers

Zubair Yaqoob
World News Observer
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Environmental Greenpeace raised the alarm about micro-plastics in rivers after polluters were found in rivers tested in Britain.

“We ignore this problem,” David Santillo, a scientist at Greenpeace Research Laboratories, said “Once you get into the plastic, it becomes impossible to remove it again, so we have to solve the problem in the source".

Greenpeace said in its report published on Wednesday that only two of the 30 rural areas did not give positive pollutant results.

The study also says that the impact of micro-plastics on animals in freshwater has not yet been determined.

The British government has called for legally binding targets to limit the production of single-use plastic containers at least 50 percent by 2025.

The ban on the sale of cosmetics and personal hygiene products containing microbes in the United Kingdom came into force in January 2018.

Greenpeace urged to extend the ban to other products such as sunscreen, lipstick and other household products.


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