Thursday, October 26

95 percent of plastics in oceans are from just 10 Indian rivers used as dumps: Unsourced report

I was going to include the following report in my last post (We are paying an increasingly high price for modern life) but decided it merited its own post. The author doesn't cite sources so at this point I can't be sure all the claims are correct; however, the claims are stunning. 

Ocean pollution largely caused by Indian rivers
By Akansha Ojha
October 19, 2017


The oceans are hugely getting polluted these days. The reason for the oceans being polluted at large is because of a large number of plastics being dumped at the landfills that are empty. The problem with the dumping is because one can never foresee the consequences of the dumping of the wastes. The studies reveal that 95% of the plastics clogging in the oceans is from 10 major Indian rivers with Ganga being the largest contributor.

These rivers are majorly located in Asia, and partly others are located in Africa. The rivers that are larger in size carry more plastic debris when compared to the rivers that are smaller in size. People don’t exactly know the consequences of these dumping, and this is the reason why the dumping only keeps increasing day by day and never seems to fall. 

The path that is taken by the plastics that dump the ocean must be tracked in order to know the source of the wastes and the steps that can be taken as solutions can be found. The minute particles that are found in the sea and rivers pose a huge threat to the marine life.

The marine life’s deterioration will only lead to the deterioration of human’s health. There is already a large number of wastes in the ocean that are already enough to consume over millions of years to decay. The ecological consequences are manifold, and the scientists say that unless people see with their own eyes, they will never know the aftermath. 

Some simple methods like the input of plastic debris into the rivers can be controlled, and that would lead to the control in the ocean. The catchment areas are the major areas of plastic wastes disposal. The countries with long coastline have easier access to the seas, and thus the seas provide much easier access to the ocean.

The Ganga is stated as the Indian River that is largely contributing to the marine pollution. In spite of setting up a special task of National Green Tribunal that would produce a report on the level of wastes in the river and the agencies that are responsible for the generation of wastes into the river, the River Ganga still maintains a very sad plight that it is unable to get rid of the plastics. 

Several Clean up Ganga projects have totally gone in vain. Thus, the controlling of wastes into the rivers being one of the biggest steps towards maintaining a clean ocean; the government must make sure that the cleaning is completed at the nearest time possible.



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