Pollution of rivers and the sea by fragments from vehicle tyres is much worse than previously suspected, putting millions of square metres of waters at risk of contamination, scientists say. Tyre particles are a major source of the microplastics in waterways, being carried through the atmosphere or by rainwater into rivers and sewers, the experts found. The hauling of fishing nets and pots, causing ropes and netting to fragment, also causes “substantial” numbers of microplastic pieces to be shed into the oceans.
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