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Scientists find 414 million plastic parts on remote islands. This is worse than it sounds.



By Yasemin Saplakoglu

The amount of plastic pollution that was once believed to exist around the world can be dramatically underestimated – because the vast majority of plastic pollution Maybe even below the surface.

This follows from a study of plastic pollution on the beaches of the Australian Cocos Islands, which is composed of two coral atolls.

An estimated 41

4 million debris are now on the remote islands According to a new study, most of this waste is buried beneath the surface. But even that's probably underestimating, a group of researchers reported on May 16 in Scientific Reports.

In addition, most of this plastic is hidden beneath the surface, and most global surveys do not look beneath the surface. The amount of plastic pollution worldwide could be far higher than we thought so far, they reported. [In Images: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch]

The scientists studied seven of the 27 islands that made up 88 percent of the total land mass of the islands, and estimated that they were littered with 262 tons (238 tons) of plastic. A quarter of this rubble was disposable or disposable items such as straws, bags and toothbrushes (about 373,000). The researchers also identified about 977,000 shoes.


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