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414 Million Pieces of Plastic Found Washed Ashore on Australian Islands

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414 Million Pieces of Plastic Found Washed Ashore on Australian Islands

414 Million Pieces of Plastic Found Washed Ashore on Australian Islands

414 Million Pieces of Plastic Found Washed Ashore on Australian Islands A study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that the remote Cocos Islands are home to 238 tons of plastic waste.

Jennifer Lavers, study leader, via CNN The authors of the study say such islands are "canaries in a coal mine," and that it's urgent "we act on the warnings they are giving us." Among the debris on the Cocos Islands are close to one million shoes and 370,000 toothbrushes.

From straws to sandals, an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste are circling the globe in the earth's oceans.

Researchers say "the only viable solution is to reduce plastic production and consumption ... " and to improve waste management so the material never enters the ocean in the first place.

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