Ganges river carrying billions of plastic particles into ocean each day


A group of scientists studying the flow of plastic into the ocean have found a startling amount of pollution exiting South Asia’s largest river systems. The scientists calculated that the Ganges and two nearby waterways are responsible for pumping as much as three billion microplastic particles into the Indian Ocean each day.
The study was conducted as part of National Geographic’s Sea to Source project, which aims to tackle the problem of plastic pollution by investigating how it can be prevented from reaching the ocean. In December, scientists working on this project published r