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Myanmar, Imo River polluted

 

POLLUTION - Fishing boats on the Imo River, Myanmar in Nigeria. With waste like this can the fish be fit for human consumption.

 

 

The Imo, is in southeastern Nigeria and flows 240 kilometres (150 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean. In Akwa Ibom State, the river is sometimes called Imoh River, or locally as Inyang Imoh, which translates to River of Wealth (Ibibio: Inyang means River or Ocean, and Imoh means Wealth). Its estuary is around 40 kilometres (25 mi) wide.

 

Imo consists of coastal lowlands to the east of the Niger River. Most of the state’s original tropical rain forest vegetation has been replaced by more open areas of oil-palm bush.

 

Imo state is mainly inhabited by the Igbo (Ibo) people and is one of the most densely populated areas in Nigeria. The population is mostly engaged in agriculture; yams, taro, corn (maize), rice, and cassava (manioc) are the staple crops, and oil palm is the main cash crop.

 

Imo is also one of the chief onshore petroleum-producing areas in the country; other mineral resources include coal and natural gas.

 

Around ninety percent (90%) of plastics in the ocean comes from just 10 rivers. Nine of these rivers are located in Asia and one of them borders Thailand.

 

The top 10 most polluted rivers in the world have one thing in common – they are located alongside large human populations with poor waste management (PWM) systems.

 

 

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RIVER

COUNTRY

POPULATION

PLASTIC

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Amazon

Brazil/Peru/ Ecuador

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1

Amur

Russia/China

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2

Brantas

Indonesia

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3

Buriganga

Bangladesh

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4

Citarum

Indonesia

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5

Congo

West Central Africa

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6

Cross

Nigeria/Cameroon

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7

Cuyahoga 

USA

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8

Ganges

India/Bangladesh

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9

Danube

Europe

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10

Dong

China

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11

Hai He (Sea)

China

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12

Hanjiang

China

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13

Huangpu

China

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14

Irrawaddy

Myanmar

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15

Imo

Nigeria

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16

Indus

Pakistan/Himalayan

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17

Irtysh

Russia/China/Kazakhstan

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18

Jordan

Israel

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19

Kwa Ibo

Nigeria

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20

Lena

Siberia

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21

Magdalena

Columbia

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22

Mantanza-Riachuelo

Argentina

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23

Marilao

Philippines

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24

Mississippi

USA

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25

Mekong

Thailand/Laos/Vietnam

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26

Niger

Guinea/Nigeria

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27

Nile

Egypt

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28

Parana

S America/Brazil

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29

Pasig

Philippines

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30

Progo

Java/Indonesia

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31

Sarno

Italy

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32

Serayu

Indonesia

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33

Solo

Java/Indonesia

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34

Tamsui

Taiwan

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35

Xi 

China

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36

Yamuna

India

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37

Yangtze

China

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38

Yellow/Huang He

China

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30

Zhujiang/Pearl

China

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40

 

 

Every year the world, produces 300 million tonnes of plastics, and 8.8 million tonnes of these are dumped into the oceans. That’s about 40 billion plastic bottles, 100 billion single-use plastic bags, and 522 million personal care items.

If you know a seriously polluted river, or one that should be a candidate on a bigger list, please contact Cleaner Ocean Foundation.

 

The rivers noted, added to hundreds of other lesser contributors feed the five ocean gyres to poison marine life and cover the seabed in a mountain of plastic.

 

1. North Atlantic Gyre

2. South Atlantic Gyre

3. Indian Ocean Gyre

4. North Pacific Gyre

5. South Pacific Gyre

 

 

Map of the most plastic polluted rivers in the world

 

JAMBECK 2010 - Global map with each country shaded according to the estimated mass of mismanaged plastic waste [millions ofmetric tons (MT)] generated in 2010 by populations living within 50 km of the coast. 192 countries were considered. Countries not included in the study are shaded white.

 

 

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