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1 million shoes and mountains of other junk: shores of a remote archipelago littered with plastic
Science & Planet The shores of a secluded Australian archipelago are dotted with 414 million pieces of plastic waste. This is evident from a study that was released today in the journal Scientific Reports. The authors estimate the weight of all the plastic on the cocos islands at 238 tonnes. Under the waste would be almost 1 million shoes, and more than 370.000 toothbrushes.

The cocos islands, halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka, are also sometimes Keelingeilanden called. The islands are about 2.100 km of the northwest coast of Australia. According to the census of 2016 to live there less than 550 people.

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According to Jennifer Lavers of the University of Tasmania, principal investigator of the study, are remote islands with a very small population, an indication to determine how much waste plastic micro beads on the oceans. "Islands like this are like canaries in a coal mine, and it is ever more urgent that we have the warnings that they give us is not without effect," said Lavers. "Plastic pollution is now ubiquitous in our oceans and secluded islands are the ideal place to get an objective view on the volume of plastic waste."

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