This South Pacific island of rubbish shows why we need to quit our plastic habit
The remote South Pacific island has the highest reported density of plastic waste anywhere on the planet, which is our new study. The conversation
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimates that more than 17 tonnes of plastic waste have been disposed of on Henderson Island, with more than 3 570 new pieces arriving every day on a single runway .
Our study probably underestimates the degree of plastic contamination on the island of Henderson, since we could not test as pieces of more than two millimeters to a depth of 10 centimeters. We could not not be sampled along the cliffs. Jennifer Lavers provides Author
It is estimated that there are about 38 million plastic pieces of the island, which is near the center of the South Pacific ocean current.
Henderson Island, here marked with the red pin lies in the British territory of Pitcairn and is more than 5000 kilometers from the center of the nearest population. This shows that plastic pollution is everywhere, even in the most remote regions. Google Maps
An article published in 2014 in the PLoS One newspaper uses surface water data around the world. Researchers estimate that there were 5.25 billion pieces of plastic in the first 10 centimeters of the world’s oceans.