An uninhabited Pacific island thousands of miles away from civilisation has become the most polluted place on Earth as thousands of bits plastic rubbish wash up on its shores.

Henderson Island, a coral atoll in the south Pacific, is just 14.5 square miles (37.5 square km), and the nearest cities are some 3,000 miles (4,800 km) away.

The island, a territory of the UK, is a sanctuary to a host of threatened species including the Henderson Petrel and Henderson Crake, and its beaches are a nesting site for the endangered green turtle.


Experts estimate there are five trillion pieces of plastic litter floating on the world’s oceans, discarded by a throw-away society and killing countless animals a year.

It has been estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.


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