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Pacific Island covered in plastic

May 18, 2017

Scientists have discovered what they say is the worst case of plastic pollution in the world.

They found nearly 38 million items of plastic debris on Henderson Island in the South Pacific – carried there on ocean currents.

The uninhabited island, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest of the four Pitcairn Islands.

Australian researcher Jennifer Lavers said the island had the highest density of plastic rubbish anywhere in the world.

The team calculated there were 671.6 items per square metre on the surface of the beaches, with approximately 68 percent of debris buried less than 10 centimetres in the sand.

Each day, 17 to 268 new items washed up on a 10-metre section of North Beach.

She said the finding was a wake-up call to the world that plastic pollution was as grave a threat to humanity as climate change.

Annual production of plastic has increased from 1.7m tonnes in 1954 to 311m tonnes in 2014.

This has resulted in an estimated five trillion plastic items – mostly less than five millimetres in size – circulating in the surface layer of the world’s oceans.

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This is so so sad=( What are people doing to the world?!!!

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That is so bad

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this is really bad πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ this leads to human and animal extinction and the world will have NOTHING living left

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SO SAD

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so funny

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So bad-(Everyone in the world need to think about this!!!)

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this is really really really really bad i'm starting to feel sad

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SAD, What are we doing to our world. πŸ™

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This is gonna lead to human extinction

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This is bad

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this is so bad

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so that is where all of recycling is going

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this is not good at all sometime if there is to much pollution
all the marine animals can become extinct

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That is nasty.(βš†_βš†).

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Cool! I want this in my country!

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THIS IS WRONG JUST WRONG SAD

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That is so sad think about all the marine life out there

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That is the saddest thing ever think about all the marine life in the ocean😱😭

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This so not good this should be done about something.

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People think this good and awesome plus funny
news that is not okay

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people think this is good news thats not okay

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people are ruining everything

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THAT IS BAD

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that is so sad. what are people doing

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Really? Come on, the world can do better than THIS!

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little mix fan

that is sad ;(

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little mix fan

that is really sad and i saw that on the news last night

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That's sad

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What are people doing to the world?! This is so sad=(

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so sad ;-;

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this is just so sad

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wow thats where all of the recycling goes

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So sad

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That is so much Pollution!