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Study: Bangladesh a major polluter of the world’s oceans

  • Published at 09:56 am September 15th, 2018
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China is the top source of plastic bottles, bags and other rubbish clogging up global sea lanes

Bangladesh has been listed among the top polluters of the world’s oceans. The country ranked 10th in polluting the oceans in 2010, said a report compiled by a team of researchers based in the United States and Australia, who analyzed plastic waste levels in the world's seas.

The team of researchers was led by Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia.

Bangladesh dumped 0.79 million metric tons of plastic waste in to the oceans in 2010, the Statista Portal reports.

Meanwhile, China and Indonesia are the top sources of plastic bottles, bags and other rubbish clogging up global sea lanes. These two countries account for more than a third of plastic accumulation in global waters, according to the report published by sciencemag.org.

Infographic: The Countries Polluting The Oceans The Most   | StatistaInfographics by Statista

In 2010, China dumped 8.8 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste, with an estimated 3.53 million metric tons of it ended up in the ocean.

The same year, Indonesia dumped a total of 3.2 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste and it is estimated that 1.29 million metric tons became marine plastic debris.

These countries are followed by Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Thailand, ranked by the amount of plastic waste they dump in the oceans.

India came out at 12th position with 0.60 million metric tons of plastic waste dumped in the oceans, while Pakistan is ranked at 15 position by dumping 0.48 million metric tons of plastic the same year.

The United States is also guilty of polluting oceans with plastic, but at a much lower level than China. Annually, 0.11 million metric tons of waterborne plastic garbage comes from the United States.

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