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“Made of plastic”: Cleaning up Bolivia’s Uru Uru lake

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Bolivia’s Uru Uru lake is more plastic than water, with discarded bottles, containers, toys, and tires stretching out towards the horizon, a dystopian image reflecting years of human pollution and the scar of climate change.

The highland lake in the Oruro Department of western Bolivia suffered a major drought in 2016 that drastically lowered its water levels, while rivers that flow into it have deposited mountains of plastic waste in its waters over years.

Local volunteers, workers, and even a French ‘influencer’ are trying to . . .

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