Monday, May 15, 2017

Plastic

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia:
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, in a study published in the prestigious U.S. scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 
Despite being uninhabited and located more than 5000 kilometers from the nearest major population center, Henderson Island is littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic. 
Part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands territory, the island is so remote that it's only visited every five to ten years for research purposes, but its location near the center of the South Pacific Gyre ocean current makes it a focal point for debris carried from South America or deposited by fishing boats.