Plastic waste on Atlantic islands rises tenfold in 10 years

Oct 11, 2018, 8:07 AM EDT
(Source: Hillary Daniels/flickr)
(Source: Hillary Daniels/flickr)

Three hundred plastic items per meter of shoreline washed up on the remote south Atlantic islands in 2018, a figure ten times higher than what was recorded a decade ago. The number, revealed by a comprehensive study by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), foreshadows the dire ecological consequences of pillaging the once-pristine beaches of the East Falkland and St Helena islands.

The magnitude of plastic pollution is appalling, for it pervades the deepest corners of the seabed, plagues the marine food chains, infiltrates planktons and doesn’t spare even the top predators such as seabirds, writes New Atlas.

The accumulation of plastic debris on these islands not only threatens endangered birds and whale sharks but could upset the ecosystems that feed many islanders, reports Sky News.