I'm sure most of my readers are aware that environmentalists blame First World nations and industrialized economies for most of the pollution and environmental problems in the world, and expect them to pay for solutions to those issues. That's what the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement were all about, in so many words. President Trump's decision last year to withdraw from the latter accord produced widespread condemnation.
Skeptics have long considered environmentalists' claims overblown. Now comes a report that the pollution of the world's oceans with plastic is, in reality, not caused by the First World at all.
Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world's oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research.
The top 10 rivers - eight of which are in Asia - accounted for so much plastic because of the mismanagement of waste.
About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources - such as the Yangtze and the Ganges - could almost halve it, scientists claim.
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Dr Schmidt pooled data from dozens of research articles and calculated the amount in rivers was linked to the 'mismanagement of plastic waste in their watersheds.'
He said: 'The 10 top-ranked rivers transport 88-95 per cent of the global load into the sea.'
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The Yangtze has been estimated in previous research to dump some 727 million pounds of plastic into the sea each year. The Ganges River in India is responsible for even more - about 1.2 billion pounds.
A combination of the Xi, Dong and Zhujiang Rivers (233 million lbs per year) in China as well as four Indonesian rivers: the Brantas (85 million lbs annually), Solo (71 million pounds per year), Serayu (37 million lbs per year) and Progo (28 million lbs per year), are all large contributors.
There's more at the link.
Funny how the nations that produce most of the pollution expect the First World to pay to solve the problem, while they carry on regardless. Emotional/environmental blackmail, anyone?