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Plastic Debris In World's Oceans Comes From Only 10 Rivers
A misleading claim in your last issue stated that 95 percent of the plastic debris in the world’s oceans comes from only 10 rivers. This fact has been shared thousands of times but it was an incorrect interpretation of a 2017 study that has been cited in numerous publications over the past couple years. The study actually stated that 10 rivers are the source of 88 to 95 percent of the total plastic waste transported by rivers into oceans – not the global amount of plastic present in the oceans. The rest of the ocean plastic comes from sources other than rivers. (William Hallagan; whallagan@gmail.com)

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6