Italian to trace route of plastics into seas down 10 rivers

April 04, 2019 - 11:51 am

MILAN (AP) — Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel down the world's 10 most polluted rivers on make-shift rafts, tracing the routes of plastics that pollute the world's oceans.

Bellini said Thursday that he was inspired by a 2018 study by a German scientist that found 80% of plastic in the oceans arrives from just 10 rivers. He began with a voyage down the Ganges in India last month and intends to complete all 10 by 2021, including the Yangtze, the Niger and the Mekong.

Bellini said he became aware of pollution in the ocean while rowing from Peru to Australia in 2008.

Bellini is supported by the One Ocean Foundation, founded by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, with a mission to safeguard the seas.

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