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Microplastic Pollution Widespread in British Lakes and Rivers
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Microplastic Pollution Widespread in British Lakes and Rivers

A new report, commissioned by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth, has found microplastics in some of the most iconic British rivers and lakes.

The study looked at 10 sites, including lakes in the Lake District, waterways in Loch Lomond and a Welsh reservoir.

Using a fluorescence lighting system, researchers were able to identify and count microplastic pollutants (less than 5 mm in size) per litre of water, such as plastic fragments, fibres and film.

The preliminary findings revealed microplastic pollution levels ranging from over a 1,000 pieces of plastic per litre in the river Tame in Greater Manchester to 2.4 pieces per litre in Loch Lomond.

Read more about the study.

Author: DelAgua

Publish Date: 11.03.2019

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