Three billion pieces of plastic are being collected daily in the Bay of Bengal
Bihar: The Ganges, formed by the Meghna and Brahmaputra rivers, carries more than three billion particles of ultra-thin plastic to the sea every day when it falls into the Bay of Bengal.
A new study has revealed that 90% of the amount of plastic in them comes from clothing fibers, with acrylic and rayon topping the list. All of these plastics are used in textile making or are an important part of them. International experts have expressed concern after research on the National Geographic Society’s special Ganga project.
In 2019, 60, 60 samples were taken before and after the monsoon. Water samples were taken from ten locations across the river and analyzed at the University of Plymouth. It also looked at the Bhola River in Bangladesh, and estimated that a total of one to three billion particles were found in the river and reaching the sea. The study also includes the Wildlife Institute of India, Dhaka University, Wild Team, University of Exeter and others.
According to experts, 60 billion pieces of plastic are falling into the seas every day from rivers around the world. From this research, this process can be understood very well. More than 650 million people use this plastic-filled water. The areas from which water samples were taken included urban, rural, agricultural, tourist, religious and other important places. It is believed that the emission of plastic from here is increasing and now it has been confirmed.
In the UK, on the other hand, a system has recently been set aside for 14 million euros for a system to stop the flow of plastic from rivers and lakes to the sea.