A study has revealed that Henderson Island, a remote, uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean, is the most polluted place in the world. Up to 38 million pieces of plastic waste were found on the island with a majority of them slightly buried.
The researchers behind the study are Jennifer L. Lavers and Alexander L. Bond from the University of Tasmania and the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds respectively. The researchers suggested that Henderson and other remote islands in the area near the oceanic plastic accumulation zone could be serving as important filters for waste dumped into the sea.
The study, which appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed that thousands of plastic waste wash up on the beaches of Henderson Island daily.
The waste is expected to have a detrimental effect on the ecology of the island. Henderson Island, which is a United Nations World Heritage site, has some endemic plant and animal species and is said to be one of the world’s largest marine reserves.