No escaping ocean plastic: 37 million bits of litter on one of world’s remotest islands

Posted In News, Pollution
May
16

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Although inhabited and remote, South Sentinel island is covered with plastic! South Sentinel, Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal. Captions and Photo: © SAF — Coastal Care

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The beaches of one of the world’s most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, a new study shows.

Despite being uninhabited and located more than 5,000 kilometers from the nearest major population center, Henderson Island is littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (05-15-2017)

The Arctic is a ‘dead end’ for ocean plastic; MNN (04-24-2017)

The Ocean Is Contaminated by Trillions More Pieces of Plastic Than Thought, IOP Science (12-08-2015)
This new study suggests there are 15 to 51 trillion micro plastic particles (those less than 200 millimeters in size) in the world’s oceans, weighing between 93 and 236,000 metric tons. This is about seven times more than scientists had previously estimated…

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic, UNEP (02-23-2017)

Biodegradable Plastics Are Not the Answer to Reducing Marine Litter, UN News Center (11-23-2015)
Widespread adoption of products labelled ‘biodegradable’ will not significantly decrease the volume of plastic entering the ocean or the physical and chemical risks that plastics pose to marine environment, concluded a UN report released today…

Plastic Pollution / When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care ©-2009

Collecting plastic waste near coasts ‘is most effective clean-up method’, Guardian UK (01-19-2016)


Tasmania Marine Debris Clean Up. Photo courtesy of: © Johnny Abegg

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