Research: 'Substantial quantities' of microplastics from tyres contaminating rivers and oceans

Cecilia Keating
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Tyre particles are carried through the atmosphere or by rainwater into rivers and severs. Credit: University of Plymouth
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Tyre particles are carried through the atmosphere or by rainwater into rivers and severs. Credit: University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth-led study notes that microplastics shed from vehicle tyres are putting millions of square metres of UK waters at risk of contamination.

Vehicle tyres have been confirmed as a leading source of microplastic pollution in the ocean and rivers, according to scientists. Government-funded research published today warns that roughly 100 million...

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