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Sea near Mumbai among the most polluted in the world: Global study

Source: Hindustan Times, Date: , 2017

Source: Hindustan Times, Mumbai, April, 2017 :- The seas near Mumbai, Kerala and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are among the most polluted in the world, a global study that mapped marine pollution around the world has found.Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany have for the first time compiled 1,237 scientific studies on marine litter into a single, comprehensive database called Litterbase. Litterbase establishes a global map identifying several such locations in the world with the maximum marine plastic pollution. Garbage, mainly plastic, has for decades choked our rivers and streams that ultimately flow into the ocean. And Mumbai’s coast, and therefore the sea next to it, is among the worst of the lot. The database did a quantitative analysis of plastic debris on beaches in Mumbai and found an average of 68.83 items a sqm at four beaches – Juhu, Versova, Dadar and Aksa — most of it (41.85%) were microplastics ranging in size from 1m to 5m. 

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