River Thames - 'The most polluted River'

  • Sep 20,2020

According to some research, it seems that the River Thames has recorded levels of plastic contamination and it is the most polluted river in the world. Scientists found that almost 100 000 microplastics per second flew down the river every day. The quantity surpasses that measured in some other big rivers like Rhine and Danube. The saddest thing is that tiny little parts of plastic have been found in some of the animals inhabiting the river. Also, a  really big amount of wet wipes are found near the shores of the Thames which are a really bad view. People don't understand the need to throw away their garbage in the trash bins and just flush down the toilet things like pads, wet wipes, and other stuff. Some scientists from Royal Holloway University are insisting on stronger restrictions about garbage disposal and plastic wastes. Different studies show disturbing results - the garbage in the river varies from different types of plastics to a large amount of bigger items like constructional wastes and household wastes.

This amount of plastic and non-biodegradable objects in the river can seriously harm the living in the water organism-said Prof Dave Morritt from Royal Holloway. In the past years, Thames was even more polluted but by now metal disposal is decreasing so there are lower levels of metal trash in the River. If you are asking what kind of plastics were found in the Thames, the items are not really surprising. Most of the waste is from cosmetic industry such as shampoo bottles, cream packages, and deodorants, the other garbage comes from food packaging and there also items with larger measures for example - shovels, buckets and even chairs..the most common trash are the wet wipers and maybe the water bottles. Katherine McCoy, who is researching the problems around river Thames, said that bigger regulations are needed in order to stop the pollution which is at an extremely high point now. She also researches the impact of pollution on the organisms in the water.

Do you wonder where all these came from in the river? It is simple, lots of washing machine outflows, people throwing things directly in the toilet, others who just throw big amounts of garbage in the water. People don't realize how this is effecting now only the life of the organisms inhabiting the Thames but also their own lives. They should really think about this because it is a really big issue not only in the Thames but everywhere it is a global problem and it can't be neglected. Everything is in people's control and they can make a difference if they want. For now, there is information that only two species of crabs swallowed tiny microplastics. In their organisms were found plastic materials from sanitary pads, plastic bags, and balloons. When the researchers first brought them to the laboratories at the National History Museum they were shocked. The crabs were full of plastic. Plastic tangles were found especially in the Chinese mitten crab and the scientist still can't explain that to themselves. There are a lot of clams near the shore which are close to all the wet wipes scattered over there and the scientists have found that they contain synthetic polymers and this due to wet wipes and other pollutants.

Even if the bigger amount of garbage is being thrown into the oceans, Thames has recorded really high levels of pollution. If we compare them the Thames has a higher quantity of trash than Danube, Chicago River, and the Rhine. But it seems that China's Yangtze river has higher levels of pollution. Some old researches based on tested river sediments show that there is basically plastic everywhere. And it's not far the time when not only the animals will ingest it, but we humans, also. This research was carried out in collaboration with the Natural History Museum and Zoological Society in London. Dr. Paul Clark who works in the museum said that what we have now is nothing, it is just the beginning. and it's still dangerous. That is why we have to be more cautious and flush our garbage in the toilet or throw it in the rivers, because not only the wildlife is threatened but human beings are also at risk. He invokes people to be more careful and responsible with their garbage.