An uninhabited island in the middle of nowhere has a huge plastic pollution problem

Henderson Island has no inhabitants. The nearest major population center is more than 3,100 miles away. Yet the desolate Pacific island is one of the densest hubs of plastic pollution on the planet.

Its sandy shores are carpeted with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic debris, new findings show. 

With up to 671 pieces of plastic per square meter, this island has the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere in the world, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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