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River plastic emissions to the world’s oceans [Nature Communications]

Keywords : environmental impact, freshwater ecology, hydrology

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Plastics in the marine environment have become a major concern because of their persistence at sea, and adverse consequences to marine life and potentially human health. Implementing mitigation strategies requires an understanding and quantification of marine plastic sources, taking spatial and temporal variability into account. Here we present a global model of plastic inputs from rivers into oceans based on waste management, population density and hydrological information. Our model is calibrated against measurements available in the literature.(...)

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