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London's River Of Microplastics

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LONDON, United Kingdom

New research from three universities in London reveals that microplastics are present in high quantities across the tidal Thames River in London and are being ingested by the river’s wildlife. While pollution from trace metals still exists in the river, it is on the decline. More recently, plastic fibres, attributed to washing machine outflow, and fragments of larger plastic, attributed to fragmentation of packaging items are now a major issue. In addition, “flushable” wet wipes contribute to the creation of visible shoreline “reefs” and “fatbergs”.