Ecologists have counted 414 million fragments of plastic debris on a remote island in the Indian ocean.
May 21, 2019 at 11:19
Cocos Islands in the Indian ocean as a zone of ecological disaster: the earth, cover hundreds of tons of plastic garbage. Including 977 000 units of beach shoes and 373 000 toothbrushes. Most of the items – disposable: for example, straws or bottle caps.
The island has about 600 people and is the major source of pollution are, they are not. In the report, scientists from the Australian Institute of marine and Antarctic studies (IMAS) said that this situation shows how toxic waste is distributed throughout the World ocean.
The figures given in the document are approximate: in fact, the situation may be even worse. In the framework of the scientific work of ecologists took samples to a depth of 10 centimeters to a few beaches. 93% of the discovered wreckage was buried in the sand, with 60% accounted for of microplastics in size from two to five millimeters. Find out what is dangerous tiny fragments of plastic.
These same scientists previously explored the island of Henderson, located in the southern part of the Pacific ocean, and now lead a comparative analysis. On Henderson recorded the highest density of plastic debris on the Ground: 671 object per square meter. With an area of 37.3 square kilometres, the Pacific island was covered with 18 tons of plastic waste.
Apparently, this record is blocked Cocos Islands, with an area of 14 sq km and 262 tons of plastic. Environmentalists believe that the time to clean the oceans already lost — the problem is too big. Even the clean beach is only a temporary measure, since washed ashore every day thousands of new items and debris. The only way out is a rapid decline in the production and consumption of plastic along with more effective waste management. In Europe are already planning to drastically reduce the use of plastic.
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