Scientists uncover hidden river of rubbish flowing through London
A team of scientists has discovered a hidden torrent of rubbish flowing through London after collecting thousands of pieces of plastic submerged along the river bed of the upper Thames Estuary.
The sheer amount of plastic recovered shows there is an unseen stream of trash flowing through the capital which could be a serious threat to aquatic wildlife.
The findings, published online in Marine Pollution Bulletin, highlight the cause for concern, not only for ecosystems around the river but for the North Sea, in to which the Thames flows.
Using nets designed to catch Chinese mitten crabs, scientists from the Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Natural History Museum documented rubbish collected during a three-month trial.
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