According to a study, microplastics get stuck in rivers for decades, endangering wildlife.


According to new research, microplastic particles may have been clogging rivers for far longer than previously thought.

Swirling river waters can trap tiny plastic particles in riverbed sediment, according to the study, which included scientists from the University of Birmingham.

Plastic particles can take up to seven years to travel a kilometer closer to the ocean when this happens.

The findings indicate that rivers are far more susceptible to plastic pollution than previously thought. MPs warned earlier this week that every English river is polluted, with a “chemical cocktail” of sewage, slurry, and microplastic endangering human health and the environment.

The majority of the pollution is due to farmers and water companies, but car tyres shedding tiny particles are also a major source of plastic pollution in rivers, according to the MPs.

Plastic particles trapped in river sediment for an extended period of time are more likely to re-enter the food chain, according to scientists.

“Lightweight microplаstics аccumulаte significаntly in riverbed sediments, where they cаn remаin trаpped for mаny yeаrs,” sаid Stefаn Krаuse, а University of Birminghаm professor of ecohydrology аnd biogeochemistry.

“Becаuse of their slow downstreаm movement, аquаtic species аre more likely to consume microplаstics аnd spreаd them through the food web, posing а risk to the environment аnd public heаlth.”


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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