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Thames pollution warning from scientists looking at micro plastic in river sediment

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 September 2017

Women scientists arrive on the Thames to study plasrtic toxins causing damage to marine life. Picture: Todd-White Art Photography

Women scientists arrive on the Thames to study plasrtic toxins causing damage to marine life. Picture: Todd-White Art Photography

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A team of women scientists sailing around Britain to sample waters for micro plastic and chemicals have found the Thames polluted with shock levels of toxic chemicals.

The scientists who have been gathering sediment from the Thames to be analised for toxins. Picture: Todd-White Art Photography The scientists who have been gathering sediment from the Thames to be analised for toxins. Picture: Todd-White Art Photography

Up to 300 tonnes of rubbish being recovered by the Port of London Authority every year is mostly plastic.

The women scientists’ survey has uncovered toxics which affects marine life and ultimately human consumption through the food chain, they warn.

“The samples we take from the Thames are being sent for analysis by specialists at universities in Britain and America,” ocean advocate Emily Penn said.

“This is about gaining a greater understanding of the harmful chemicals and plastics in the water and how they may have an impact on our environment and even our own health.”

The survey crew is taking samples of Thames sediment looking for plastics and toxic substances as part of their ‘round Britain’ voyage.

The crisis caused by marine micro-plastic debris has gained acknowledgement from academics, politicians and the public. The UN Environment Programme has declared it “a global problem”.

The women scientists’ ‘eXXpedition’ held events at the weekend to raise public awareness of what’s happening to the Thames and the coastal waters around Britain.

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