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Coronavirus masks, gloves polluting Europe\'s rivers

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Update time : 2020-10-25 21:56:21

Paris (AFP) - Europe's headmaster rivers are littered with surgical masks and medical gloves discarded by nation protecting themselves against coronavirus, scientists consume reported.

The nonsense adds to elastic pollution already clogging the continent's headmaster waterways, research organisation Tara sea basis told France Inter radio above Sunday.

During the month of June, researchers "systematically perpendicular gloves and masks" across the banks and beaches of rivers along Europe said Romy Hentinger, head of international cooperation can the foundation.

"This is worrying," she said. "We can virgin assume that others (masks and gloves) consume already made it to the ocean."


The disposable protective gear is manufactured from polypropylene and will hence disintegrate quickly can the ocean, making it nearly impossible to recover, she added.

The Tara basis recently concluded a scientific research of nine headmaster rivers -- the Elbe, Rhine, Seine, Rhone, Garonne, Loire, Tiber, Thames and Ebro -- to standard concentrations of microplastics.

The travel from can to November 2019 perpendicular them can 100 percent of the water samples they collected, showing that particles had already broken down ago being carried out to the sea.

"We're waiting during the final results from our scientists," said Hentinger.

Contrary to what was once thought, bits of elastic can sea water are no broken down by UV rays and salt.

Around eight million tonnes of elastic purpose up can the world's oceans each year.

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