Remote islands littered with plastic debris
Today’s Video of the Day from the University of Tasmania shows the beaches of Australia’s Cocos Islands, which were found to be littered with 414 million pieces of plastic pollution totaling around 238 tons.
“Islands such as these are like canaries in a coal mine and it’s increasingly urgent that we act on the warnings they are giving us,” said study lead author Dr. Jennifer Lavers. “Plastic pollution is now ubiquitous in our oceans, and remote islands are an ideal place to get an objective view of the volume of plastic debris now circling the globe.”
“Our estimate of 414 million pieces weighing 238 tons on Cocos (Keeling) is conservative, as we only sampled down to a depth of 10 centimeters and couldn’t access some beaches that are known debris ‘hotspots.’”
The study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Video Credit: Silke Stuckenbrock