Tracking movement of plastics from rivers
Under the pressure of climate change, scientists are searching for new, more effective ways to protect marine fauna and flora. Pollution is a huge obstacle. Plastic litter is one of the biggest causes of pollution for rivers, seas and oceans. Millions of tonnes of plastic enter the oceans, with much of this coming from land-based sources through rivers. Anthropogenic riverine litter is emerging as a major global environmental concern. The EU-funded LitRivus project will shed new light on riverine litter. It will evaluate international data, collaborate with experts, and review policy and decision-making frameworks. The aim is to guarantee a science–policy knowledge transfer to improve plastic mitigation measures.