Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island

Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific islandOne of the planet's most remote islands is polluted with the highest density of plastic particles ever reported, with more than 3,500 pieces washing up daily, researchers said Monday. Henderson Island is uninhabited, and lies far out in the South Pacific -- east of New Zealand and west of Chile -- some 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) from the nearest major land mass. "What's happened on Henderson Island shows there's no escaping plastic pollution even in the most distant parts of our oceans," said lead author Jennifer Lavers, a researcher at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania, who co-authored the report with the British conservation charity the Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds.

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