ISLAMABAD: According to a news report based on findings of a group of scientists, 95 per cent of the world’s plastic pollution that has massively polluted the oceans across the world comes from 10 of the major world rivers.
Three rivers that top the list are in China, India and Pakistan, respectively. Globally, countries have taken steps to cut down gas emissions resulting from industrial activities, however, not enough is being done to control plastic pollution, that primarily due to plastic’s non-degradable nature has severely impacted marine life and also the potable water these resources supply.
With the industrialisation of production processes, water resources have eventually become dumping grounds for waste that results from manufacturing activities. Yet there are no laws to restrict industrial units from dumping waste into rivers and lakes. Given the alarmingly dangerous levels of plastic components found in the water resources, we are coming close to a time when safe and clean drinking water may possibly be out of the reach of many.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2018.